Anonymous claims Dropbox hack so everyone knows it is still around

Anonymous claims Dropbox hack so everyone knows it is still around
The Dropbox cloud storage website went down on Friday night, with the hacking collective known as Anonymous, seemingly awoken from its recent slumber, claiming responsibility.
At the time of writing, the Dropbox.com site is showing an “experiencing issues”
message, ensuring the service is unavailable for some users.
In a post on its official Twitter account, the hacking collective wrote:
“BREAKING NEWS: We have just compromised the @Dropbox Website.
http://bit.ly/1cMlbvt #hacked #compromised.”
The alleged hacking comes on the eve of the anniversary of death of internet activist and hacker Aaron Schwarz who tragically committed suicide following legal persecution in January 2013.
No hack?
Dropbox meanwhile is claiming that the issue is the result of a problem that arose during “routine maintenance” rather than any malicious attack.
In the message on the inactive Dropbox website the company wrote: “We are aware of an issue currently affecting the Dropbox site. We have identified the cause,
which was the result of an issue that arose during routine internal maintenance,
and are working to fix this as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
We’ll update you should there be any developments in this breaking story.

Source TechRadar

Anonymous claims Dropbox ‘compromise’ so everyone knows it is still around

Anonymous claims Dropbox 'compromise' so everyone knows it is still around
The Dropbox cloud storage website went down on Friday night, with the hacking collective known as Anonymous, seemingly awoken from its recent slumber, claiming responsibility.
At the time of writing, the Dropbox.com site is showing an “experiencing issues”
message, ensuring the service is unavailable for some users.
In a post on its official Twitter account, the hacking collective wrote:
“BREAKING NEWS: We have just compromised the @Dropbox Website.
http://bit.ly/1cMlbvt #hacked #compromised.”
The alleged hacking comes on the eve of the anniversary of death of internet activist and hacker Aaron Schwarz who tragically committed suicide following legal persecution in January 2013.
No hack?
Dropbox meanwhile is claiming that the issue is the result of a problem that arose during “routine maintenance” rather than any malicious attack.
In the message on the inactive Dropbox website the company wrote: “We are aware of an issue currently affecting the Dropbox site. We have identified the cause,
which was the result of an issue that arose during routine internal maintenance,
and are working to fix this as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
We’ll update you should there be any developments in this breaking story.

Source TechRadar

Thirteen plead guilty to Anonymous hack on Paypal

Thirteen plead guilty to Anonymous hack on Paypal
Thirteen people (eleven men and two women), have pleaded guilty to an attack on Paypal’s servers that US authorities say was engineered by hacktivist group Anonymous.
The payment site has been the target of Anonymous protests since it cut its ties with website Wikileaks. The defendants in the case acknowledged taking part in these protests in 2010, in which Paypal received thousands of attacks from computers across the globe.
These attacks, named Distributed Denial of Service (or DDoS) attacks, flood a computer network with useless commands and information, causing it damage. This in turn forces the network to deny service to genuine users.
Paypal urged leniency by prosecutors in the case, with founder Pierre Omidyar supporting the defendants’ “freedom of expression” and calling for the thirteen people to be held accountable for the damage they did individually, not the collective damage done by the entire attack. Nevertheless, US Departments of Justice have accused the defendants of intentionally damaging protected computers.
“Operation Paycheck”
By pleading guilty the thirteen defendants will be sentenced with minor misdemeanour charges, providing they then stay out of trouble with the law.
Termed “Operation Paycheck” by Anonymous, the Decmber 2010 protest attacked not just Paypal but also larger credit firms including Mastercard and Visa. All the firms targeted had stopped payments to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks following its publication of classified US documents and diplomatic messages.
“Citing violations of the PayPal terms of service, and in response to Wikileaks’
release of the classified cables, PayPal suspended their accounts so that Wikileaks could no longer receive donations via PayPal,” US Attorney Melinda Haag said Friday in a statement. Wikileaks’ website declared that PayPal’s action had “tried to economically strangle them”.
A hearing for all thirteen defendants, who are currently on bail, is scheduled to take place in 2014.

Source TechRadar