A British newspaper has acquired and released leaked logs supposed from a private IRC chat room purported to be LulzSec’s own chat room – the group responsible for several known attacks on Sony, Nintendo, Sega and more-recently, the Arizona State Government.
According to the Guardian, the logs reveal that the group is obsessed with their name in the media – even sharing pictures of articles of the Wall Street Journal on them. In addition, the newspaper believes the group is tightly controlled:
The logs reveal how one hacker known as “Sabu”, believed to be a 30-year-old security consultant, effectively controls the group of between six and eight people, keeping the others in line and warning them not to discuss what they have done with others; another, “Kayla”, provides a large botnet – networks of infected computers controlled remotely – to bring down targeted websites with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks; while a third, “Topiary”, manages the public image, including the LulzSec Twitter feed.
The group has said that the chat logs were primarily not from their main chat room, but from another chat room called #pure-elite – which the group says it is not their core channel, but is used by them to “recruit talent for side-operations”. It has also said that several members mentioned on the IRC chat are not involved with LulzSec.
LulzSec, however, has also been attacked with another hacker managed to temporarily cripple their site. The hacker, Oneiroi, claimed responsibility but did not give a reason. Another pro-US hacker, The Jester (formally a military hacker who attacked jihadist sites) has also attacked the group after the group was able to successfully hack into the CIA.
In addition, especially after hacking their site, the group has now become a target for the FBI. The law enforcement agency has currently arrested one supposed member of the group, Ryan Cleary (LulzSec says he was not a member and only was a chat host) in conjunction with the UK police.
Though, apparently the threats won’t stop them.