The attacks on New York Ironworks and Symantec were the latest in apparent retaliation for the arrests of members of the LulzSec group earlier in the week.
associated with the group Anonymous on March 9 continued its retaliation for
the arrests earlier in the week of members of the LulzSec hacker group, this
time attacking the Website of New York Ironworks while publishing outdated
source code from security software maker Symantec.
York Ironworks is a company that supplies police equipment, tactical gear and
other accessories to the New York City Police Department. The company's
homepage was attacked by a group called Antisecwhich is associated with
Anonymousand reportedly was replaced with a obscenity-laced tirade railing
against the FBI for the March 6 arrests of the five people, which included one
person said to be a member of Anonymous.
Antisec hackers said the attack and the message were a tribute to Jeremy
Hammond, a Chicago man whose online names included "Anarchaos" and
who was arrested in the police sweeps in the United States and Europe. He was
arrested as part of the probe into the LulzSec hacker group, which went on a
50-day spree last year.
New York Ironworks site was inaccessible late in the afternoon March 9.
addition, Antisec hackers published source code to Symantec's Norton AntiVirus
2006 software on the Internet. A
Symantec spokesman told Reuters the release of the source code was not a risk
to Norton customers
. "The code that has been exposed is so old that
current out-of-the-box security settings will suffice against any possible
threats that might materialize as a result of this incident," spokesman
Cris Paden told the news organization.
with Anonymous in February published the source code to the company's
. That caused more problems, with Symantec initially
telling customers to disable the product. Once a fix was issued, the company
said users could start using it again.
was the second time that hackers claiming to be associated with Anonymous
attacked Websites in response to the LulzSec arrests. They
took down Panda Security's PandaLabs Website
for a while March 7, in
retaliation for the company's efforts in helping authorities track down hackers
around the world.
also taunted the FBI and had words for Hector Xavier Monsegur, a New York City
resident and alleged leader of the LulzSec group, whose cooperation with
authorities helped lead to the arrests March 6. Monsegur reportedly had used
the online name "Sabu" in his work with LulzSec. "Yeah yeah, we
know, Sabu snitched on us," a message on the Hacked PandaLabs page
reportedly said. "As usually happens, FBI menaced him to take his sons
away. We understand, but we were your family, too."
were Hammond; Ryan Ackroyd ("Kayla") and Jake Davis ("Topiary")
from London; and Darren Martyn ("pwnsauce") and Donncha O'Cearrbhail
("palladium") from Ireland. Authorities
believe Hammond was a key figure in the hacking of Stratfor Global Intelligence
a U.S.-based security company whose email system was hacked and several million
its 50-day spree last year, LulzSec targeted some U.S. and British government
sites, as well as companies, such as Sony. After the group ended its attacks,
reports had some members of LulzSec joining with Anonymous.