Soulja goes to war over MySpace hack attack September 3, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking, myspace.
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US rapper Soulja Boy has been targeted by cyber vandals who defaced his MySpace profile and published his email and YouTube passwords on the internet.
The hackers, reportedly part of the popular online community 4chan, contacted Soulja Boy demanding he hand over $US2500 in order to regain control over his account.
The rapper, who published tracks on the internet before becoming a mainstream star in September last year with the number one hit Crank That (Soulja Boy), refused.
His MySpace page was then wiped out and replaced with obscenity-laden messages where Soulja Boy purportedly declared his homosexuality and told fans to “go f— yourselves”.
The miscreants also published the rapper’s passwords – including to his email, email@example.com – on the internet, and flooded his website’s online chatroom.
The saga ended when Soulja Boy’s record label, Interscope, contacted MySpace and demanded the account be returned.
His YouTube and email accounts have also been returned, Soulja Boy said in a recent YouTube video.
“Niggas sent me a message on MySpace saying I got your shit, send me $2500 if you want it back,” he says in the video.
“I texted back saying f— you, bitch, do what you do, the mother f—er got to be f—ed up. And then after that he deleted all my shit and I was like well darn the nigga wasn’t bluffin.”
Soulja Boy says in the video that he was going to offer a $US10,000 reward to anyone who revealed the hacker’s identity but this was unnecessary as he had already caught them.
“On the next video y’all stay tuned to see what we did with this hacker – we gotta make an example out of this shit.”
The video was published last week and since then Soulja Boy has published a number of other clips on YouTube, none of which mention the hacking saga.
The hack appears to be unrelated to a recent online feud with gangsta rap veteran Ice-T, who labelled Soulja Boy’s music garbage that was killing hip-hop. The comments started a war on YouTube and Souljah Boy responded with a cartoon that mocked Ice-T and his dancing.
Celebrities’ MySpace pages are regular targets for hackers looking to increase their notoriety or expose private photos and messages.
In 2007, a person wanting to impress a hacker group broke into the MySpace profiles of Justin Timberlake, Hilary Duff and MTV personality Tila Tequila. Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus Alicia Keys and Nas have also had their profiles compromised in the past.
Atheists’ MySpace page restored after hacking incident February 8, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in cybercrime, myspace.
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The “Atheist and Agnostic Group” MySpace page has been reactivated, a month after the page was deleted following a November 2007 hacking incident where unauthorised users renamed it “Jesus is Love.”
The incident is the second reported high profile cyberattack in recent months on a religion-oriented webpage. Last month, the Church of Scientology’s website experienced disruptions after it was threatened by a hacker group.
Bryan Pesta, a Cleveland State University assistant professor and the atheist group’s founder, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week that his 35,000-member webpage had been shut down twice by the social networking site since its 2004 founding.
More than 830 MySpace members have signed an online petition calling for the page to be reestablished and protected by the networking site, which is owned by international media conglomerate News Corp.
A MySpace spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the site was accidentally deleted in January, but restored this month following its November 2007 defacement by a hacker.
The restored page on Wednesday carried a statement thanking MySpace for reinstating the group.
The page also linked to a petition seeking an agreement “with MySpace to ensure that groups attacked by hackers, phishers, spammers and pinheads can be fixed quickly and effectively.”
Pesta could not be immediately reached for comment.
Last month, a hacker group calling itself “Anonymous” said in a video posted on YouTube that it would “systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form.” The church’s official website could not be accessed at various times in the days following the threat.
Jose Nazario, senior security and software engineer at Arbor Networks, said last month on his blog that researchers had detected nearly 500 DDoS attacks against the church, with an average size of 15,000 packets per second.
The incident followed the church’s copyright infringement claims following the spread of edited clips from a 2004 promotional video featuring actor Tom Cruise.
Anonymous also claimed that the church filtered anti-Scientology comments posted on YouTube, Digg.com and other websites.
Ken Pappas, security strategist at Top Layer Networks, an intrusion-prevention provider, told SCMagazineUS.com at the time that cyberattackers were likely using botnets to attack the church.