LulzSec claims attack on US Senate, Bethesda

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The United States Senate and video game developer Bethesda have also fallen victim of a LulzSec attack, with the group claiming that it had cracked their servers and posted the configuration file on their website.

LulzSec, known for their attacks on Sony and public-broadcaster PBS, said in a statement that, “In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we’ve decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!”

“This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?” That “act of war” was a reference to a report that the Pentagon now considered that some forms of hacking or computer sabotage actually constituted war.

A Senate representative told Dow Jones that she was unaware of the attack. However, talking to Reuters, John Bumgarner from non-profit US Cyber Consequences, said that the attack would embarrass lawmakers, saying that the directories were valid.

“It’s very embarrassing that this happened that this was a government site that belonged to the Senate and was compromised,” he said.

“They probably also got user names and passwords.”

Bethesda’s attack was simply grabbing the source code in their servers and database passwords; but did not release the 200,000+ users on Brink, saying that “We actually like this company and would like for them to speed up the production of Skyrim, so we’ll give them one less thing to worry about.”

Bethesda has said to all its users that it should change their passwords immediately, and that no credit card details were stolen.

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