Hacker Group Anonymous claims to have Stuxnet

The hacker group Anonymous, known for its involvement in the Wikileaks DDoS attacks, now claims to have access to Stuxnet. Stuxnet was used to attack Iranian nuclear plants and has been called the first true cyber weapon.

Apparently the hi-tech virus or information about it was obtained by the group after they hacked security company HBGary Federal. The security company had been tracking down leaders of Anonymous and was preparing to release the names at an upcoming security conference. 

It looks like they social engineered their way into Rootkit.com, a site run by Greg  Hoglund co-founder of HBGary. Next got access to a tech support server used by HBGary. Compromised an insecure Web Server, then obtained credentials to the E-Mail system. They used these credentials to siphon about 50,000 company e-mails and then posted them to a public Torrent site.

Apparently the data stolen by Anonymous contained part of the Stuxnet code.

So what will they do with Stuxnet? No one knows for sure, but some think that they may try to use it against Iran. Anonymous has released a video on YouTube stating their support for the Iranian Opposition. Their target in Iran would be unsure as security researchers report the crucial code needed to attack the Iranian nuclear plants was not obtained by the Anonymous hack.

The Stuxnet code appears to be so fine tuned to take out the Iranian plant, it is hard to tell if it could be modified for any other purpose.

Time will tell what comes next, but it would appear that Anonymous has taken a much more aggressive path.

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4 thoughts on “Hacker Group Anonymous claims to have Stuxnet”

  1. l0lz All these idiots are going to accomplish is getting even more of their teenage members arrested. That being said; if you’re going to run some kind of internet security site, could you please make sure your servers are secure? I can only handle so much irony.

    1. Not quite sure what they are thinking Philo. They have already had numerous members arrested. Doing this just bumps things up a notch. They do seem to have some talented members though, the site they hacked to get Stuxnet was a computer research company!

      Some more information available here:
      Anonymous Speaks: The inside story of the HBGary Hack
      http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/anonymous-speaks-the-inside-story-of-the-hbgary-hack.ars

  2. M$ operating systems are coded in the fashion that makes them constantly exploitable. The security industry and government cyber crime units generate lots of wealth, why do you think M$ still dominates the market. Yes UNIX is also exploitable, but M$ lets anyone be targeted for a possible infection. With a buggy O/S a built in buggy browser, a messed up kernel. 16 yr old exploits, what do you expect. Anonymous has the exploit code, Anonymous has access to many coders talented in the coding of DDoS IRC bots, HTTP bots, PHP bots.. We are coming after you… and you MUST know.. when they turn off the electricity, your all f*cked!

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