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A group of hackers identifying themselves as AntiSec has attacked the website of Panda Labs’ anti-malware products.

The internet attack comes after yesterday’s arrest of an alleged member of the movement alongside others linked to the LulzSec hacking collective.

Panda Labs’ front page was replaced with a message saying: “Love to LulzSec/AntiSec fallen friends”.

AntiSec accused Panda Labs of having helped police arrest other hackers last month. The company denies the claim.

The group LulzSec and hackers involved with “Operation AntiSec” all identify themselves under the wider Anonymous heading.

Panda Lab’s Spanish parent company, Panda Security, said it was investigating the intrusion but said it could assure its customers that none of their information had been compromised.

The company added that an external server hosting some of Panda Labs’ content had been targeted. Visitors to the site no longer see the hackers’ posting.

AntiSec has attacked the website of Panda Labs' anti-malware products

AntiSec has attacked the website of Panda Labs' anti-malware products

The hackers’ message had claimed that: “Pandasecurity.com… has earned money working with law enforcement to lurk and snitch on Anonymous activists. They helped to jail 25 Anonymous in different countries and they were actively participating in our IRC channels trying to dox [obtain personal information about] many others.”

The attackers went on to claim that the firm’s services had been used to target activists campaigning against “injustices” who had not been involved in hacking.

However, Panda Security’s technical director, Luis Corrons, said that the firm had not been involved in February’s arrests in Spain, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

“If I could have had the opportunity I would love to have collaborated with the law enforcement officers to arrest those people – but we didn’t in this case,” he said.

“We do not have a problem with activism. I find that it is not a bad thing – it may be good and healthy for a society. My main problem with Anonymous people is the way they act.

“If you are doing illegal things like stealing information that’s something that is a crime and we are always willing to help law enforcement stop cybercrime.”

Luis Corrons said he believed his firm had been attacked because of a blog he wrote yesterday in which he described the latest arrests as “good news”.

His comments were quoted in the message posted to his firm’s site which added: “Lol he asked for the Lulz!!!”

Officials have said that Tuesday’s action marked the first time core members of Anonymous had been identified and charged in the US.

The FBI said a total of six men had been charged – including two in the UK and two in the Republic of Ireland.

British police also charged one of the men and a further unidentified 17-year-old from South London with hacking-related crimes – but said that their decision to launch court proceedings was “completely unrelated” to the actions taken in the US.

The arrests and accusations followed the suspected leader of LulzSec’s decision to co-operate with the authorities last year.

Court papers unsealed on Tuesday revealed that Hector Xavier Monsegur – known as Sabu – had pleaded guilty to 12 criminal charges in August. The FBI said he faced a maximum sentence of more than 124 years in prison.

The papers said Hector Xavier Monsegur had been involved in attacks against Visa, Paypal and government computers in Tunisia, Algeria and Yemen among others. He is currently free after being released on a $50,000 bond.

The Panda Labs’ attackers commented on Hector Xavier Monsegur’s action saying: “It’s sad and we can’t imagine how it feels to look at the mirror each morning and see the guy who shopped their friends to police.”

The court papers also revealed how the hackers are suspected of being able to access and disclose a private conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard recorded in January.

One of the accused, Donncha O’Cearrbhail, is said to have found out how to access the call by breaking into the personal email account of an officer with Ireland’s national police force.


Hector Xavier Monsegur, the suspected leader of the hacking group LulzSec has pleaded guilty to carrying out high profile attacks on several companies while other members of the group have been arrested, US law enforcement official says.

Hector Xavier Monsegur had been charged with conspiracy to engage in computer hacking according to unsealed court papers filed in Manhattan.

The charges were filed via “a criminal information” and the suspect – nicknamed Sabu – had co-operated with the government, Reuters reported.

US law enforcement officers have said at least three members of the hacking group had been arrested.

Irish police added that they have arrested one of five men being sought in connection with the group and are holding him at a south Dublin police station.

Charges against other suspects are expected to be made public later.

Hector Xavier Monsegur, the suspected leader of the hacking group Lulzsec has pleaded guilty to carrying out high profile attacks on several companies while other members of the group have been arrested

Hector Xavier Monsegur, the suspected leader of the hacking group LulzSec has pleaded guilty to carrying out high profile attacks on several companies while other members of the group have been arrested


LulzSec, which is linked to the online activist group Anonymous, had claimed responsibility for attacks against eBay and Sony Pictures among others.

Last month Anonymous published a recording of a private telephone conversation between FBI agents and London detectives talking LulzSec suspects.

Fox News reported that one of Lulzsec’s leading members had helped the bureau gather evidence against his associates.

Fox quoted one FBI official as saying: “This is devastating to the organisation… we’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”

Prof. Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey’s department of computing noted that LulzSec had been quiet since the middle of 2011 following an attack on Paypal.

“Judging by the level of activity this morning, where hackers have been pasting personal information about the person reported as having turned witness to implicate other hackers, it would appear that there is a considerable rift inside these groups,” he said.

“The hackers are certainly acting as if they feel they have been betrayed by one of their own.”





Four persons have been arrested in different areas of the UK by police investigating the hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec.

The four suspects – from Doncaster, Warminster, Northampton and London – are being questioned by Scotland Yard’s e-Crime unit.

The arrests are part of a wider operation involving UK law enforcement and the FBI.

At the same time other 14 suspected members of Anonymous appeared in a US court.


Authorities from worldwide have been rounding up suspects following a wave of attacks by both groups on major corporations and government institutions.

Amazon, PayPal, the CIA, US Senate and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency have all suffered either intrusions or denial of service attacks, designed to take their websites offline.

In the latest arrests, British police detained Christopher Weatherhead, 20, from Northampton and Ashley Rhodes, 26, from Kennington, near London.

Both suspects are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on September 7.

Police also arrested a 24-year-old man from Doncaster, and a 20-year-old from Wiltshire for conspiring to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

In US, a mass court appearance saw 14 suspected Anonymous members appear before a judge in San Jose, California.

All of them denied being involved in a denial of service attack on PayPal’s website in December 2010.

Anonymous had publicly declared its intent to target both PayPal and Amazon for, what the group perceived as, “their complicity in isolating whistle blowing website Wikileaks”.

Following the leaking of confidential US State Department memos, PayPal stopped processing donations to Wikileaks, while Amazon kicked the site off its web hosting service.

Anonymous is known as a hacktivist group, pursuing its agenda through online attacks.