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10 Most Notorious Hacking Groups of All Time

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Want to get caught up real quick on the history of hacking? This article on the 10 most notorious hacking groups of all time will help you. Don’t forget to check out our article on the 10 most notorious hackers of all time

1. Lizard Squad

Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks on Malaysia Airlines which resulted in website visitors being redirected to a page which read “404 – plane not found,” as well as a DDoS attack on Facebook which downed the popular social media network. Facebook denied being hacked. Malaysia Airlines claimed that they had not been hacked and that their domain had only been temporarily redirected elsewhere. They’ve also hacked Sony, Microsoft and Facebook.

The diverse history of work by Lizard Squad makes their intentions murky. They aren’t pure hacktivists since much of what they do is slapstick. The group is responsible for a high-profile hack of Sony’s Playstation Network and Microsoft Xbox Live. In August 2014 the group posted the ISIS flag on Sony’s servers and has made other allusions to the “cyber caliphate.” After the Playstation and Xbox hacks, authorities made arrests in England and the US.

2. Anonymous

We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

AnonymousAnonymous is a decentralized open online creation group known most for its hacking and Guy Fawkes masks. Reports posit Anonymous is comprised of thousands of “hacktivists.” The group has compromised government, religious and corporate websites.

The group has hacked the Pentagon, declared war on Scientology and attacked Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal in 2012’s Operation Payback for their refusal to process payments to WikiLeaks, leading WikiLeaks to adopt the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Anonymous supported Occupy Wall Street in 2011, hacking the New York Stock Exchange website.

Individuals have been arrested in the US, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Spain and Turkey for Anonymous related involvement.

3. LulzSec

LulzSec – Lulz Security abbreviated – formed as an Anonymous spinoff after the HBGary Federal hack of 2011. It’s motto was  “Laughing at your security since 2011.” The group announced itself with a hack against Fox.com, then Sony Pictures in 2011. The group took the CIA website offline.

LulzSec became known for taunting its victims after an attack with analysts comparing the hacks to internet pranks. A June 2011 ‘50 days of Lulz’ statement announced the breakup of the group. On July 18, however, the group hacked the News Corporation, posting false reports about the death of Rupert Murdoch.

The FBI arrested LulzSec members in 2012 after the group’s leader, Sabu, turned them in. Prosecutor Sandip Patel said the group viewed themselves as “latter-day pirates.”

4. Syrian Electronic Army

Claiming to support the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Electronic Army claims to target political opposition group’s. It calls itself  “a group of enthusiastic Syrian youths who could not stay passive towards the massive distortion of facts about the recent uprising in Syria”.

SYRIAN_ELECTRONIC_ARMYEngaging the use of  spamming, defacement, malware, phishing, and denial of service (DDoS) attacks, while oftentimes posting the Syrian flag on a victim’s website, some have posited the group is associated with the Syrian state. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy Facebook pages and Twitter accounts have been targeted by the group, as well as news organizations and technology companies. Their tone is “serious and political to ironic and humorous.”

5. Chaos Computer Club (CCC)

The Chaos Computer Club’s mission is to expose security flaws. It generally does not only depend upon illegal activities. It’s one of the largest European hacking groups and was founded in Berlin during the early 1980s. The group made its mark after stealing 134,000 Deutsch Marks from a Hamburg bank through the Bildschirmtext page only to return the money the following day having completed its mission: to highlight a security flaw.

In an interview with OWNI, early CCC member Andy Müller-Maguhn stated: “we needed a lot of legal experts to advise us what we could or could not hack, and to help us distinguish between legal activities and grey areas of legality”. The group’s benevolent approach has allowed the CCC to become “an accepted and recognized entity because it has worked to educate the public about technology since the 1980s,”  Müller-Maguhn added. Fitting for a German hacker ring, the group’s most recent attention has been on the mass surveillance complex. CCC Member Falk Garbsch stated:

There have to be consequences. The work of intelligence services has to be reviewed – as does their right to exist. If necessary, their aims and methods will have to be redefined. …We have to think about how these [shared] data are processed and where they can be allowed to resurface. And this is not just the challenge for 2015, but for the next 10 years.

The group has protested French nuclear tests, stolen money on live TV via Microsoft’s ActiveX; exploited COMP128 encryption algorithm of a GSM customer card, and analyzed the German federal government’s own malware; the group’s press release on the topic reads:

The malware can not only siphon away intimate data but also offers a remote control or backdoor functionality for uploading and executing arbitrary other programs. Significant design and implementation flaws make all of the functionality available to anyone on the internet.

The CCC might have a Marxist bend, having been caught selling source code from US corporations and governments to the Soviet Union’s secret police KGB.

6. Iran’s Tarh Andishan

Tarh Andishan apparently wants to control the world’s web-based systems. The group is estimated to have 20 members mostly based in Tehran, Iran. A talented hacker group, Tarh Andishan apparently grew out of a Stuxnet worm virus Iran claimed the US and Israel created.

The Iranian government doubled-down on its cyber warfare. The group uses self-propagating software, systems, backdoors, SQL injection, and other techniques. One of the attacks for which the group is best known is “Operation Cleaver.” This hacker group has apparently hacked airline gates and security systems. Check out Cylance’s report on Tarh Andishan (PDF) for more. According to the report most findings were left out due to the “grave risk to the physical safety of the world” the group allegedly poses.

7. The Level Seven Crew

The_Level_Seven_Crew_(logo)This hacker group’s name is rumored to be inspired by the seventh level of hell from Dante’s Inferno, ‘the violent’ level. The group hacked 60 high profile computer systems (NASA, Sheraton Hotels, The First American national Bank) in 1999.

They hacked into the US Embassy in China’s website. The group disbanded in 2000.

8. globalHell

Street-gang member Patrick Gregory founded globalHell. The group reportedly has destroyed data on 115 websites chalking up millions in damages. Gregory had turned to computer in order to get away from street gang life. His crew of hackers acted essentially the same as a street gang. The group allegedly wrote on the United States Army’s website “global hell will not die.”  Gregory admitted in court to causing $2.5 million in hacking damages.

9. TeaMp0isoN:

Started in 2010 by 16-year-old hacker with a pseudonym TriCk. TeaMp0isoN hacked into NATO, Facebook and the English Defense League, as well as hacking Tony Blair’s email account. After disbanding in 2012, the group rebranded itself in 2015 as a white-hat computer security research group.

10. Network Crack Program Hacker Group

Apparently formed in China in 1994, NCPH’s leader Tan Dailin is said to work for the Chinese army. The People’s Liberation Army is suspected of paying for the NCPH. The group is apparently based out of Zigon in Sichuan Province.

There are of course other groups such as Masters of Deception, Milw0rm, APT28, and others.

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    this is why i dont have a bank account i dont have lot these evil people try distroy peoples lives why i dont know they get off on these specially lizard squad anounymous is not as evil they dont like going after kids like lizard squad does

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Anonymous Inspired Comic ‘Hacktivist’ is Being Adapted for TV

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Hacktivist, a graphic novel inspired by global hacking activist collective Anonymous and created by actress Alyssa Milano will be adapted for the small screen at a time when another Anonymous-inspired TV show Mr.Robot, is garnering rave reviews.

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Alyssa Milano, an actress who has appeared in feature films and network TV shows is known for taking definitive stances politically, will see her 2014 graphic novel ‘Hacktivist’ adapted as a television series.

According to Deadline, The CW network will be developing an adaptation of the graphic novel Hacktivist, created by Alyssa Milano. The concept for the cyber-thriller graphic novel was pitched by Milano to comic publisher Boom! Studios, only coming after Marvel and DC in controlling the largest library of comic book IPs.

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Hacktivist features two lead characters who run a successful social media company. The fictional characters are also hackers by night, inspired by popular hacktivist group Anonymous. Also, the protagonist in the comic was modeled after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, while the fictional company based on the real-life social media giant.

Speaking to the Daily Dot in an earlier interview, Milano revealed how the idea came about.

I became obsessed with the role of the media, and how it was being used as a tool for protest.

At the same time, Anonymous was using hacking skills to empower people. And I thought, ‘What if Anonymous wasn’t a group but one person?’ And that spiraled into, ‘What if Anonymous was one guy? What characteristics would he have?’ He’d have to be socially aware, a coder, have access, be compassionate.”

Hacking activists in various parts of the world tend to unify under the banner of ‘Anonymous’, a faceless, leaderless, decentralized group of anyone and everyone who takes up its name.

Some of Anonymous’ most prominent movements occurred on November 5, 2013. Millions of demonstrators in over 400 cities around the world jointly participated in the Million Mask March on the day that that remembered the Guy Fawkes Night. The Guy Fawkes mask is commonly seen as the symbol of Anonymous, with members of the group readily distinguishable in public by wearing the masks.

Anonymous has undeniably made its mark in the mainstream consciousness. Wildly popular and critically-acclaimed TV shows like Mr. Robot see its fundamental premise in hacker activism and the new TV adaption of ‘Hacktivist’ – directly influenced by Anonymous – will only further perpetuate the loosely-associated international hacktivist network.

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Anonymous Hacker Protesting Prosecution Begins Second Week of Hunger Strike

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In 2014, Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld was allegedly involved in the hacking of Boston Children’s Hospital following the suspected mistreatment of one of its patients. Now, the alleged hacker has begun his second week of a hunger strike in prison to protest the assumed prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz and the controversial child-custody case involving Justina Pelletier, reports Newsweek.

Two and a half years ago, the hacker collective Anonymous released a video calling for attacks against the hospital. It was alleged that 15-year-old Justina Pelletier was being held against her will by the State of Massachusetts where she was ‘tortured physically and mentally.’

In a letter, Gottesfeld wrote that what happened to Justina Pelletier goes far beyond a medical or custody dispute, and beyond child abuse.

He wrote:

Tragically, tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of children have suffered horrific abuse at fraudulent places who have no legitimate right to call themselves ‘residential treatment programs.’

Two Demands Need to be Met

In order for his hunger strike to come to an end, Gottesfeld is asking for two demands to be met.

He wants the U.S. presidential candidates to make a promise ensuring that children are no longer mistreated, tortured, abused or killed, and he wants to end the style of prosecution that U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz waged against Aaron Swartz, Reddit co-founder. Swartz is reported to have committed suicide after he was accused of alleged computer crimes.

Speaking to Newsweek, Dana Gottesfeld, wife of Martin Gottesfeld said that he believes his conditions will be met.

She added:

If the candidates make the pledge but don’t make good on it, he plans to strike again.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $380,000 fine.

For now, it remains to be seen if the presidential candidates will consider his demands. Given Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s previous thoughts on what he thinks should be done to Edward Snowden if he became president, you have to wonder what kind of reception Martin Gottesfeld will receive from him.

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Anonymous India: Mobile Network Reliance Jio is Sharing Call Data with Advertisers

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The hacking group Anonymous is accusing the telecom network, Reliance Jio, of sharing its call data with advertisers in the U.S. and Singapore.

In a recent blog post, Anonymous India exposes how Reliance Jio has been sharing customers’ call data with foreign companies. Anonymous India also provide steps to see how Reliance Jio are sharing the data.

It said:

A year ago we had posted about how Reliance Jio was sharing user location data with China. One year on and nothing has changed.

In the blog post, Anonymous India claims that data from Reliance Jio’s My Jio and Jio Dialer apps are being sent to an advertiser called Mad.Me. It further adds that Reliance Jio is utilizing a third-party software development kit and is failing to verify what data is being sent and collected through it.

Reliance Jio Accused a Second Time

This, however, isn’t the first time that Anonymous India has accused Reliance Jio.

Last year the hacker activist group highlighted in another blog post that Reliance Jio had security flaws in its RJio chat app.

According to the 2015 post, data was being sent to a Chinese IP without encrypting it beforehand. This meant that while data was being leaked to the Chinese, anyone who wanted to could easily look into a conversation and know what was being shared or discussed, making it vulnerable to hackers.

Anonymous Never Forgets

When it comes to bringing the wrongs of others to light, the hacker activist group, Anonymous, are not afraid of standing up to the challenge.

At the beginning of the year, Anonymous targeted Thai police after protesting the conviction of two Burmese men who faced a death sentence in connection to two murdered British backpackers.

In May, Hacked reported that Anonymous had played a significant role in the target of financial institutions such as Greece’s central bank, which was targeted in a DDoS attack. According to the report, Anonymous consider central banks around the world as a ‘global banking cartel.’

In a bid to target those that it believes should be targeted, bringing greater awareness to the public, it seems that the hacktivist collective Anonymous won’t be stopping anytime soon.

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