Panda Sec Hacked
Panda Security is a provider of online security tools for homes and businesses, and they have been active since 1990. Recently, several of the websites associated with Panda Security were defaced by hackers. The hackers, who have just associated themselves with the infamous worldwide hacker group Anonymous, took credit for the hacking attack on Wednesday. This attack came on the heels of an announcement that another five members of Anonymous had been arrested and taken into custody.
Antisec, the group responsible for the string of hackings against Panda Security, attacked over 25 websites that were related directly to Panda Security. Many emails and passwords to these sites were leaked to the general public online. Antic accused Panda Security of helping the FBI in tracking and hunting down Anonymous members, and this attack was most likely in retaliation to the announcement of the arrest of five more Anonymous members.
In another closely related story, one of the world’s most sought after hacker, described by many to be the leader of Lulzsec and an influential member in Anonymous, went to the FBI and gave them tons of information regarding other hackers, which led to the arrest have several hackers. The reasoning for this action was because he was getting tired of running from police and did not want to risk going to jail and being taken away from his wife and children. He is widely known by his hacker alias, “Sabu”, and pleaded guilty to several hacking related charges last summer. When the punishment for all of the crimes to which he admitted committing are added together, it totals nearly 125 years behind bars. However, rather than face that jail sentence and the time away from his children, “Sabu” instead decided to cooperate with the FBI and surrender information to them regarding the identity of other hackers. The reward for his cooperation was a severely reduced prison sentence. According to reports, “Sabu” is now assisting the FBI in apprehending other top hackers in Anonymous, Lulzsec, Antisec, and other hacker groups. One of the members of Antisec, presumably one of the team responsible for hacking the various websites related to Panda Security, released the following statement in regard to the situation with “Sabu” and the hacking:
“Pandasecurity.com, better known for its [expletive] antivirus we have backdoored, has earning money working with Law Enforcement to lurk and snitch on anonymous activists. They helped to jail 25 anonymous in different countries…yep we know about you. How does it feel to be the spied one?”
In August, 2011, it came to light that Anonymous had hacked into 70 law enforcement websites, mostly local sheriffs’ websites in Missouri. The hacks had occurred four weeks before they were discovered. Using information passed on by “Sabu”, the FBI was able to work with the server company to mitigate the damage. The FBI then alerted 300 government, financial and corporate entities around the world to potential vulnerabilities in their computer systems.
AntiSec also voiced support for those fighting for their freedom in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran. It also sent a dare to the FBI to get its members, saying, “We are waiting for you.”