Seems as though hacking group LulzSec (aka Lulz Security) has something against gamers. That, or they just like to hear gamers complain after their favorite game-related websites and services are bombarded by DDoS attacks. This became quite clear on Tuesday, or rather, on Titanic Takeover Tuesday, in which the group took down numerous websites apparently just for the fun of it.
"Welcome to #TitanicTakeoverTuesday where everyone is laughing at crybabies getting Lulz Cannoned!" the hacking group said during one of its many Twitter messages documenting the online assault. They took down The Escapist, EVE Online, Minecraft and League of Legends in its latest DDoS wave on Tuesday.
"At 17:00 UTC yesterday, CCP became aware of a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) against the EVE Online cluster and web servers," CCP told us in an email earlier today. "Our policy in such cases is to mobilize a taskforce of internal and external experts to evaluate the situation. At 17:55 UTC, that group concluded that our best course of action was to go completely offline while an exhaustive scan of our entire infrastructure was executed.
"Our taskforce concluded at 22:05 that neither the game servers nor the CCP infrastructure had been breached. Further, we can also confirm that no personal details such as users’ credentials or credit card numbers were exposed through this incident. The servers were brought back online at 23:00 yesterday and we will continue to monitor the situation closely."
After LulzSec attacked The Escapist, the group invited eight people to call in and recommend a new target. The group then began to flood CCP's space MMOG as previously stated, Minecraft and League of Legends. The group claims that it also pounded Gamma Group's IT intrusion monitoring company FinFisher.
"And that concludes our DDoS party: Escapist Magazine, Eve Online, Minecraft, League of Legends + 8 phone requests. #TitanicTakeoverTuesday," LulzSec said in a Twitter message. An hour later, the group began to take more requests from true lulz fans. "Let's all laugh together at... gamers," they said.
In another tweet, LulzSec claimed that it infected 4Chan users and used their machines in a DDoS botnet. "The best part about making 50-percent of all /b/tards our bots is that they leave their daddy's laptops on 24/7, more bandwidth for us. :3"
On Wednesday the attacks continued, this time hitting the main server for MMORPG Heroes of Newerth, adding in a statement that the Defense of the Ancients ("DotA") custom scenario for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos "is better." There's also talk that the group plans to take down EVE Online again, but as of 5:45pm EST, they went after the CIA's website instead. "Tango down - http://t.co/2QGXy6f - for the lulz," they said.
So what's the difference between Anonymous and LulzSec? As previously stated, the latter is doing it for the giggles; Anonymous is typically making a political statement.
"Lulz Security, where the entertainment is always at your expense, whether you realize it or not. Wrecking your infrastructures since 2011."