Anonymous Says Hackathon Hit PayPal, Lady Gaga
Symantec, NBC also allegedly hit in Guy Fawkes Day hack-a-thon
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2012 7:49 AM CST
French protestors wearing Guy Fawkes masks protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

(Newser) – Anonymous is holding an all-day hackathon today, as part of a global protest commemorating Guy Fawkes Day, and it's already claimed—or says it's claimed—a number of scalps. The group says it's stolen roughly 28,000 PayPal passwords, Gizmodo reports, though PayPal is telling customers it has "been unable to find any evidence" of such a breach. The group also claimed hits on Australian government sites, some of which it defaced, CNET reports.

A user called "pyknic" defaced several NBC sites—including Saturday Night Live's—with the message "Remember, remember, the fifth of November," the AP reports. Pyknic also defaced a prominent Lady Gaga fan site; Gaga responded, telling them that "haus of gaga techies will be on the way … to the rescue." In all cases, the sites were soon restored. Other targets have included ImageShack, the Ghana Consulate's site, and the Greek City site. The hacks are intended primarily as a protest against government surveillance systems, PC World reports, with top targets including TrapWire and INDECT.

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CarlM
Nov 5, 2012 2:18 PM CST
Criminals should not be given such publicity.
fourCatssoon
Nov 5, 2012 11:38 AM CST
ANONYMOUS YOU WAN'T TO DO A GOOD DEED, HACK ROMNEY AND RYAN SITES. IF ROMNEY IS ELECTED OUR DEMOCRACY WILL BE FURTHER TAKEN DOWN AS HIS PURPOSE IS TO REPRESENT THE 1% PEOPLE AND SCREW PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME ANONYMOUS, DO GOOD PLEASE.
Cheshire
Nov 5, 2012 10:48 AM CST
Will someone please explain this to me? I really liked what Anonymous once stood for; exposing governmental tyranny, and such. But, what the hell has happened to them? They seem to have taken a great idea and are now using it to be the playground bullies. 28,000 PayPal passwords? If this is true, how does this hack benefit the nature of Anonymous' original intent of exposing fraudulent and corrupt government?