Anonymous dominated security news with the arrest of reputed front man "Topiary" and the latest attack on an FBI contractor. Congress also continued work on cyber-legislation.
dominated headlines this past week, as law enforcement officials arrested
suspected members and the collective continued its online mayhem.
authorities arrested an 18-year old male from a residential address in the
Shetland Islands, a remote archipelago off the north shore of the Scottish
mainland, and issued a press release claiming they'd
arrested "Topiary." Scotland Yard believes the suspect was the spokesperson
of LulzSec and one of the six members who took part in several of LulzSec
campaigns between May and June.
after the arrest, there was speculation that LulzSec had somehow tricked the
police into arresting someone else. However, LulzSec and Topiary's Twitter
accounts were silent all week. Topiary's Twitter feed has only one post,
written six days before his arrest, which stated, "You cannot arrest an idea."
whom Scotland Yard identified as Jake Davis, is expected to appear in court on
Aug. 1 and be charged with five offenses, including unauthorized computer
access and conspiracy to carry out a distributed denial of service against the
U.K.'s Serious Organized Crime Agency in June.
arrest occurred on the same day Anonymous launched a boycott against PayPal and
encouraged current users to cancel their accounts for its continued freeze on
WikiLeaks funds. The group claimed that more than 35,000 PayPal users closed
their accounts. While the group didn't address the news of the arrest on its
Twitter feed, it promised to embarrass the FBI in retaliation for recent
arrests of Anonymous members in the United States.
after midnight on Friday, Anonymous announced it had breached the networks of
ManTech International. ManTech offers cyber-security services for several
government agencies, including the FBI.
wasn't the only one busy trying to break into Websites, hardware and servers.
With security professionals descending on Las Vegas for the upcoming Black Hat
security conference July 30-Aug. 4, several researchers have started teasing
some details from their research. Charlie Miller, a security researcher at
Accuvant, discussed how he disabled the batteries in
Apple's MacBook laptops by hacking into the micro-controller chip on the
continued rolling out
software updates, fixing the last Snow Leopard update from June, which
would prepare the Mac for upgrading to the new Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion,"
as well as fixing a serious SSL vulnerability in the iOS.
House Judiciary committee approved a bill with a
data retention clause that would require Internet service providers to
retain customer data, including IP addresses and the sites the customer accessed,
for up to 12 months. The bill, if passed, would allow law enforcement to access
the data without a court order. The bill now moves to the full House of
Representatives for debate.
congressional lawmakers continued their debate on the PROTECT IP Act, Hollywood
movie studios gained a victory against online piracy in the U.K. A British High
Court judge approved a court order against British Telecom requiring the U.K.'s
largest ISP to block all its users from
accessing Newzbin2, a site where members can find links to clips of TV
shows and movies.
Randy Vickers, the director of the United States Computer Emergency
Response Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned
without warning, there was a lot of speculation that the resignation was
related to the pressure caused by recent high-profile data breaches. A few days
after his resignation, Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary at the Department
of Homeland Security's Office of Cyber-security and Communications, told congressional
lawmakers that Vickers had resigned for "personal reasons."
the same Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight hearing, government
officials testified that the country has been
slow to beef up IT security. The hearings examined the government's efforts
to safeguard private-sector networks that are considered part of the country's
critical infrastructure, such as the electric grid and nuclear power plants,