5 Most Notorious Hacking Groups of All Time
Almost every news story nowadays revolves around hackers in some ways, which is why it is important to know what hackers group are operating around the world. There are a lot of them out there, but only a few of them have built a reputation (good and bad) for themselves. Here’s a list of some of the most notorious hacker alliances of all time.
Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
CCC is purely focused on exposing security flaws that they might come across. This hacking group has been in action since 1980, and it made news for the first time when they stole 134,000 Deutsch Marks from a Hamburg bank, only to return it the following day. CCC explained that its hack was purely to notify the bank of their security flaw. The group has continued on to work on finding flaws ever since.
Syrian Electronic Army
Syrian Electronic Army claims that it would give all of its support to their president Bashar al-Assad, and will target every opposition group. It defines itself as “a group of enthusiastic Syrian youths who could not stay passive towards the massive distortion of facts about the recent uprising in Syria.” This hacking group makes use of malware, phishing, DDoS attacks, spamming, and defacement. After a successful hack attack, it posts picture of Syria state flag on the victim site. It claims that its tone is “serious and political to ironic and humorous.” Syrian Electronic Army has targeted digital accounts of some big names, including US president Barrack Obama and French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Anonymous is another group that has become quite popular because of its attacks on Scientology, Pentagon, ISIS, PayPal, and Master Card. Anonymous consists of pretty skillful individuals and their reach has extended to almost all corners of the world. This group always got hate for hacking into corporate agencies, but recently, it has been getting a lot of praise because of its stance against ISIS terrorist group. Anonymous is taking down almost every single ISIS related website and account they’re coming across. Even the security experts are now following Anonymous in hopes that it will reveal something big about the terrorist group.
Lulz Security aka LulzSec is a spinoff of Anonymous and came into being after the HBGary federal hack in 2011. This new group came up with its own slogan which reads “Laughing at your security since 2011.” Just after coming into existence, LulzSec hacked into Fox.com and Sony Pictures, and then moved on to take CIA website offline. What really attracted users to this hacking group was its habit of poking fun at the corporations whose websites it hacked into. People seemed to rather enjoy its wits.
Lizard Squad has become renowned worldwide, all for the wrong reasons. This group of hackers attacked Malaysian Airlines’ websites which stopped working for a small period as the users only saw “404 – Plane Not Found” error whenever they tried to open it. In another instance, it DDoS attacked Facebook, bringing it offline for a few minutes. Both of these were minor incidents, but the group really went off the hook in their attacks on Sony. First, they attacked their PlayStation Network service, taking everything offline on Christmas day, and just a few months later, it reported a fake bomb on an airplane which Sony America’s CEO John Smedley was about to board. This delayed his flight and obviously made him angry. He made some harsh remarks about the group which didn’t sit well with it as it started to attack almost everyone related to John Smedley. After realizing that things were getting out of hand, Smedley decided that it was a time to take a step back, consequently retiring from his position.