Hackers affiliated with Anonymous struck back at anti-virus firm Panda Security for gloating about the arrest of LulzSec leader Sabu and for his work with law enforcement agencies by defacing several of its websites.
Panda's Lab chief Luis Corrons wrote on one of the company's blogs that the arrest of Sabu was “really good news” and predicted the arrest of various LulzSec members would curtail the hacking capabilities of Anonymous.
Corrons' post was entitled “Where is the lulz now?”
Anonymous's lightening quick response was to deface dozens of the firms web pages, including the ones hosting Corron's blog. That blog is still off line at the time of writing.
The hackers included a message accusing Panda of helping law enforcement officers to arrest Anonymous members and actively participating in its chat rooms, seeking to identify its members.
More than 100 email addresses and passwords purporting to be for Panda staff were published as part of the defacement.
Panda said that included credentials for employees that have not worked at the company for over five years.
“The attack did not breach Panda Security’s internal network and neither source code, update servers nor customer data was accessed,” Panda Security said in a statement.
According to Panda the 35 websites that were affected were all hosted on an external server.
The message also included an address to Sabu.
“It's sad and we can't imagine how it feels having to look at the mirror each morning and see there the guy who shopped their friends to police,” it said.
Yesterday, it emerged that Sabu had pleaded guilty to a handful of computer crime charges last August, since when he had been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to round up other LulzSec members.
Geoengineering on the sea floor near glaciers would form a new ice shelf to prevent melting
Alterations in capillary blood flow can be caused by body position change
Curiosity rover is in 'normal mode' but not transmitting scientific data back to base
NatWest outage comes a day after Barclays' IT systems shut out customers and staff