Eve Online, Minecraft, more hit by LulzSec

Internet hacking group targets CCP MMOG, Mojang indie hit, League of Legends, and The Escapist in distributed denial of service attacks.

Yesterday, hacking group Lulz Security--aka LulzSec--breached Bethesda Softworks' websites, grabbing information from some 200,000 Brink player accounts in the process. Today, the hacker collective--which has also targeted Sony and Nintendo--is continuing to lay siege to a range of Internet gaming properties with distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.

Calling its attack "TitanticTakeoverTuesday," LulzSec began by bringing down The Escapist, an online video game magazine. It has since returned to normal operation.

Next in line for LulzSec was CCP Games' sci-fi massively multiplayer online role-playing game Eve Online. The hacking grouped claimed responsibility for bringing down its login servers, with the game's website suffering an incidental outage. CCP confirmed the attack through its own Twitter account.

Yes, this is LulzSec's official logo.

"Earlier we became aware of a DDoS and took all services offline," reads the message. "Our Security Team is conducting a thorough investigation."

Another LulzSec-affected party today was indie hit Minecraft. The hacking group took credit for bringing down the game's website and servers this afternoon. However, all systems have been restored as of press time, according to a message from Minecraft creator Markuss Persson.

The security breaches did not end there, however. LulzSec also claims to have brought down free-to-play title League of Legend's login servers, which made it so gamers could not access the title. While the title's developer, Riot Games, has not commented on the matter, many League of Legends players took to the game's official forums to express their feelings on the situation.

LulzSec doesn't aim its efforts at game-related sites exclusively. The group has recently broken into high-profile institutions like the United States Senate, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and Sony Pictures, among others.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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365 comments
Solamon
Solamon

@NeilCardiff Sorry. Sarcasm doesn't translate well through the internet. I have reread your comment and can see how you may have intended it to be sarcastic, but from my perspective it didn't seem that way.

MarioandWB
MarioandWB

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KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

I think the authorities should put these fools behind bars for life. Like, you know, for the lulz.

lister82
lister82

All they're wanting is attention, acknowledgement of what they done. I've seen others say about their facebook/twitter having all these fans wanting to be just like them. If your reading this and you want to be like these idiots then your an a**hole. Its just grieving on a bigger scale, nothing else

nyran125
nyran125

so anyone heard a reason for all this from these hackers? they seem bit too terrorist for me. I dont mind if its to teach the corporations some lessons. Like Hack Activision or EA or even ROCKSTAR adn tell them to release thier games on PC again, expecially Madden would b nice and Mortal Kombat. i couldnt care less. but to just hack free to play games is just silly and not really teaching anyone anything or achieving anything. STEAM i hope your ready........Gabe Newell GET ON THIS quick. One thing im glad Gab enewell is adn that his backround surprisngly enough is programming for software etc adn not entirel entertainm,ent and gaming. Hes been hacked before with Half Life 2 by an innocent bystander that decided not to hurt his Half life 2 franchise when he hacked it. But these guys seem pretty malicious , so i hope Gabe is onto this before somethign terrible happens with STEAm..

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

Kill all sons of B^^^^^s (LulzSec) that's my official instructions... (a quote from Left for Dead2)

Miskenesco
Miskenesco

I'm fairly certain they're just doing it for teh lulz.

Aronstk
Aronstk

Why can't we just all live in peace?

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

Just think: without the Internets, all these 15-year-old hackers would have even less meaningful lives than they do now (if you can even imagine such a thing).

ElxMexican
ElxMexican

Just how bored are these people? D=

raptures330
raptures330

@FreshFarmDX LulzSec goes on hacking rampage for Lolz by NMAWorldEdition on youtube. Video promoted by LulzSec as "This is simply the best thing in the entire world ever" Even they got the message already. You can reply, I shall read, but I probably won't reply. Good day.

raptures330
raptures330

@FarmFreshDX "LulzSec The Lulz Boat [...] "Fun, fun, fun" and "lulz", very hard concepts for people to grasp it seems... 5 minutes ago" 36+ Arrests for Anon members worldwide for attacking government sites and telecom. 0+ Arrests for LulzSec (who DDoSed CIA yesterday and had a lulzy afternoon). They still insist their biggest and most fun was Op Sownage. Oh yeah, they went and trolled EVE Online again because it was so fun last time before they DDoS the CIA. Who was trolling? I gave up trying to hold back an ocean with a paper cup. No matter how many posts of THEM I post where they say it is all for the lulz more like you line up behind saying "No! They are totally srs! This is for internet freedom!" "LulzSec The Lulz Boat Also Sophos, every one of our tweets gets more views than a week's worth of your website traffic, and we're just spouting inane s***. umad? 6 minutes ago" Yes, these guys are totally serious. Fighting for your internets. Before you tell someone to do something make sure they haven't already been doing it for a long time. Go search the other hack "news" and see posts. K? The cause of the problem? LulzSec needs lulz and the hacker community is too srs for them. They want fun, fun, fun, all year long. Not just the weekend. So says LulzSec. But, you win all everything. I will avoid these "news" articles here after this and read them where the comments section has a little bit more to add than conspiracy theories and death penalty.

spector000
spector000

Once they hack NASA and post the conversation with the Aliens from Alpha Centauri then I will say good work! Until then....

SkylerX
SkylerX

We all know they shouldn't be attacking indie firms like Mojang, but I talked to my buddy Bobby at Activision earlier today and they said they would LOVE to be hacked and all the MW3 game data erased and all backups!

vitordemario
vitordemario

What the hell are these guys trying to achieve?

deathwish026
deathwish026

why dont they test themselves and hack other hackers. cyber warefare for the win!

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

A bunch of nerdy attention seekers jumping on the limelight train following April's ps3 heist

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

lol you guys should check out there gloating on twitter and there legions of fans on there facebook page wanting to be just like them. Pathetic. Ah well, more beer and Sunshine for me :D

WNxUSA
WNxUSA

Attack Activision while your at it for the best response LulzSec you know u wanna..

lizzardman666
lizzardman666

A DDoS attack IS NOT hacking! Any monkey with a half a brain and an internet connection can do this. These idiots are nothing more than a bunch of script kiddies desperately seeking attention on the internet. Well, I sincerely hope they hold on that enthusiasm in prison too.

dragoneye1
dragoneye1

The attacks will just stop and their servers will go down and no one will hear from them again. At which point you can thank the patriot act.

mysticstryk
mysticstryk

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Meteor7
Meteor7

I honestly hope they get caught

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

THIS WENT TOOOOOO FAR!! i mean indie developer!!!! thats pathetic...

Xeogua
Xeogua

While I wish I had their knowledge of computers, why waste it on attacking game sites, they could be using their knowledge to do useful things, and be making lots of money doing it.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Huh...maybe it's actually IBM's Watson doing the hacking, and William Gibson is curled up in a fetal position in a corner of his house moaning softly. :(

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

@raptures330: Your ignorance is astounding. "LulzSec" has gone beyond hacking game companies and has tried peering into .gov websites of the American government, and I have no doubt that other governments have been attempted as well. "The Government" that you are so gleefully making fun of refers to The US Government, as well as governments in other countries that have been affected by this. So before you get snide and start trolling, go beyond the story on this page and actually do some original thought. The FBI is already investigating the government attacks, so they have already used their "infinite resources" as you say to get to the cause of the problem. Finally, Microsoft was my example because it's the only one of the big three not hit. Even Nintendo had a smaller problem a few weeks ago. You ought to stop splicing words and actually look at what people are trying to say without your superiority complex getting in the way.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

The reason they're not making the news is that the government and the media are keeping quiet so that they can let Lulz think they're unimpeded in their rampage. In the meantime, everyone's comparing notes behind the scenes, and will soon be able to zero in on Lulz' methods, resulting in the eventual capture and trials of all members involved. There are a finite number of ways to hack servers, and eventually, they will get caught by an electronic "tell". It's just a matter of time (unless they decide to quit and disappear, that is).

Bombardist
Bombardist

these idiots really need to stop screwing with stuff its reallyannoying that they even want to do this just go find something else to do jeez.

max_1111
max_1111

Why are they attacking the likes of indie developers?!

zinoalex
zinoalex

The sad thing is that these attacks are still no making the mainstream news. The tech sites cover them and busines ections sometimes give the stories play.But other than a story here or there the press here in the US is leaving the story alone.But if these attacks continue, and it appears they will, the story will garner more attention. And the kind of attention the crackers want. 8 by 12 cells can get pretty damp and cold, from what I hear.

blackace
blackace

They will be caught eventually. When the FBI kicks down their doors with rifles aimed at their heads, the fun will be over. I wonder if they have a purpose to their madness?

jellyman68
jellyman68

The funny thing is, I wouldn't have a clue any of this happened if it wasn't for the news going on about it. The actual influence this has had on my life is minimal to the point where I'm not even sure whether I care if they continue.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Attacking minecraft server?? that's indie game goddammit?? that's just too much.... :(

lilboicookie
lilboicookie

@Elem3nt -_- they hacked the CIA.........thats not big enough

daeknro
daeknro

I would give them taste of a their justice.Walk past them,stab them a little in the arm,have a LuL,move on.Next time they should have better security on themeselves.

Elem3nt
Elem3nt

Way to target indie developers you effin goons. Why not go after the big corporations and such, use your talents on something worthwhile....

CammiTac
CammiTac

Do they even have a goal, or do they just want to make people mad? At least other stupid hacker groups pretend to be fighting for something.

Hegna1
Hegna1

@atopp399 That tends to be what DDoSing is. Based on their twitter feed, I'm guessing it's a small group (

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

What did minecraft ever do to anyone? Why would they target such a fun game? Lulzsec makes Anonymous look like honorable gentlemen.

Caml10
Caml10

Further, I hope they die in a grease fire.

Hiroo4
Hiroo4

Yeah, but... why?

chad28_69
chad28_69

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pasheffi
pasheffi

All they fired were warning shots yesterday. They even mentioned when they took out Brink that they like Bethesda and want to see them increase their security. While I don't condone their actions at all, I almost see them as a necessary evil at this point, with all these companies have such lackluster security.

MOTORHEAT
MOTORHEAT

well the most difficult site to break is ebay!

petek480
petek480

If any of these "hackers" were to be hacked themselves they would be whining like huge babies.

TheI3east
TheI3east

THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS...