Lulzsec (or Anonymous, or whatever they're calling themselves nowadays) are now going radical Robin Hood and using stolen credit card numbers to wire money to some specially selected-- they held an online vote-- charities like cancer research and Wikileaks. Also named as a recipient of their largesse is the Tor project, which is an open source "anonymizer" system, that allows internet connections that can't be traced. This is also apparently a protest in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking lots of sensitive, though not top-secret, state department cables to Wikileaks nearly two years ago. It's unclear how this can help Manning except perhaps by publicizing his predicament.
I'm too cynical to think anything will come of this beyond my (dare I say our?) complete delight in seeing those security tech bozos have their noses rubbed in the terrible stink of their epic fail in their own area of expertise! These guys think computer threats will likely come from North Korea, who I believe still use hand-cranked computers. These guys are play soldiers, and have never outgrown their GI Joes. When asked to comment on the situation at Stratfor, the spokesperson at another security organization kind of back-pedaled on their usually macho stance.
“The scary thing is that no matter what you do, every system has some level of vulnerability,” says Jerry Irvine, a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force. “The more you do from an advanced technical standpoint, the more common things go unnoticed. Getting into a system is really not that difficult.” (from the NY Times article cited above)So what Mr. Irvine is saying is "we can't really protect computer systems," but that is a professional opinion, and hence is billable.
This is the military industrial complex thrashing around, trying to swallow up all the cash that's been thrown to them in these, our incredibly insecure times, when the NSA is competing with Google to gather more information about Americans, because we're at war with anyone who's poorer than we are (and to whom we don't already owe a lot of money). The LulzSec attacks are about the only thing remotely funny about the whole situation.
[Ed. Some followup:]
The WSJ is reporting people who posted supportive statements on Stratfor's Facebook page (which they set up since their email system was so mercilessly pwned... snort) are being attacked by Anonymous, though the attacks seem to be confined to posting hostile FB messages. Twitter also seems to be a site of running skirmishes. We'll stay tuned for more.