Tech wrap: LulzSec hackers seek greener pastures

June 21, 2011

The LulzSec group of rogue hackers threatened to steal classified information from governments, banks and other high-ranking establishments, teaming up with the Anonymous hacker activist group to cause more serious trouble in an escalation of their cyber attacks.

LulzSec had said last Friday that it hacks to have fun and to warn people that personal information is not safe in the hands of Internet companies. But two days later, Lulz said its top priority was to leak “classified government information, including email spools and documentation.”

The FBI said it is working to bulk up its cyber division as hackers focus on higher-profile targets, but is at the mercy of a Congress struggling to cut the massive budget deficit.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop unveiled the N9 smartphone that uses software the firm plans to ditch, a move analysts said would probably condemn the device to obscurity. At a telecoms conference in Singapore, Elop reiterated that Nokia would launch its first smartphone using Microsoft’s Windows platform later this year, even as he unveiled the new all-screen N9 smartphone, which uses a platform called MeeGo.

The decision on Monday by the body that governs Internet domain names to stop restricting them to suffixes like .com and .gov, will change the way companies interact with consumers and how much they’ll be paying to do so, writes Martinne Geller. With the number of possible domains growing exponentially, so too might the number of registrations in companies’ portfolios, according to industry experts. And battles between companies that both have legitimate claims may arise.

Even though there are a lot of marketing opportunities, companies are unlikely to transfer their current Web content to new sites, one analysts said, because that would mean losing their page ranking in Internet searches through engines like Google, Geller adds.

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