A hacker group calling itself Lulzsec reportedly broke into the servers of Fox.com today, and released a list of 363 employees information, as well as defacing 14 of those individuals’ LinkedIn accounts. The group announced the hack via Twitter. The group also hacked the Twitter account of Fox 15 news channel, and sent some bawdy tweets with it. The same hackers were responsible, it’s said, for the theft of personal information from 73,000 people who had applied for Simon Cowell’s new talent show “The X-Factor”. That information was taken together with the Fox.com employee details inthe same attack. Earlier this week the group posted the X-Factor list of names as a text file on Pirate Bay.
This group is unrelated to the hacker crew Anonymous, who was behind hacks into HBGary, MasterCard, and PayPal. Why they targeted Fox is not really clear, but they did release a statement:
We don’t like you very much. As such, we cordially invite you to kiss our hand-crafted crescent fresh asses.
Remember that time we leaked all your X-Factor contestants? http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6372763/X_Factor_Leaked_Contestants_Database
Well now we’re leaking some more of your junk. We invite the Internet to ravage the following list of emails and passwords (from a database within Fox.com) – Facebook, MySpace, PayPal, whatever you can get your hands on. Take from them everything. Remember to proxy up, or tunnel like a pro!
Follow us on twitter; we’re owning more things next week. Kisses!
All the best,
They then went on to tweet about their next target: “What’s next you ask? #F***FBI.”
"They will not be happy bunnies lol,” they added.