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LulzSec hacked U.S. Senate´s Web site, without success.

Cybercrime: Hacker group LulzSec attacked U.S. Senate website

The group LulzSec hacked the U.S. Senate’s Web site, and also video game maker Bethesda Softworks.

LulzSec said Monday that they had successfully hacked US Senate´s website (Senate.gov) , and prove it by posting “basic information on the file systems,” including user names and the Web server config files.

LulzSec also published a list of senaturial directory names from the server, but did not appear to post any proprietary or personally identifying information, according to the senaturial office of the Sergeant at Arms.

Government officials said in a statement that no critical information had been compromised during the attack.

“The intruder did not gain access into the Senate computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on senate.gov,” according to a official statement issued by the Sergeant at Arms, which oversees cyber security, adding that the server was intended for public access on the “public side of the Senate’s network firewall, and any files that individual Senate offices place there are intended for public consumption.”

The vulnerability was traced to a senator’s office, although the office of the Sergeant at Arms did not disclose which senator was targeted.

“Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate’s network, its members or staff,” according to the Sergeant at Arms statement. “Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been compromised.”

LulzSec punctuated its cyber attack with a taunt, posted to its Web site. “This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov—is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?”

Under the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the hack could potentially carry of sentence anywhere between five and 20 years in prison, if the attackers were apprehended and convicted.

The attack on the U.S. Senate is hardly a first for LulzSec. In recent months, members of the group have made a name for themselves with a series of high-profile attacks against Sony, InfraGard and PBS.

The group had claimed that it attacked PBS for its critical portrayal of WikiLeaks, while the assault on InfraGard was apparently a retaliatory effort after the Pentagon announced that it would treat cyber crime as an act of war. READ MORE HERE.