Lulz Security hackers launch telephone request line

Summary:Lulz Security has become so infamous and knows it that the international hacker group is setting up a telephone request line.

Lulz Security has become so infamous and knows it that the international hacker group is setting up a telephone request line.

Lulz has popped up in the news repeatedly in the last two months after several major hits on government, business and entertainment websites and servers. A few that might ring a bell include recent attacks on United States Senate emails, Nintendo and Sony. (That last one just can't seem to catch a break.)

Now the "hacktivist" group has posted a hotline to its official Twitter page that fans or whomever can call and request whom they'd like to see hacked and/or taken down next. It sounds rather vicious, but popular nonetheless. Lulz Security tweeted that it has already received 5,000 missed calls and 2,500 voicemail messages as of Tuesday night.

Why the sudden solicitation of hacking requests? BBC News reports that it has to do with something Lulz calls "Titanic Takeover Tuesday."

The organisations and companies that it targets are often portrayed as having acted against the interests of citizens or consumers.

Most of the stings involve denial-of-service attacks, with recent hits on several gaming sites - most notably League of Legends and the Iceland-based EVE Online games.

If Lulz Security only plans to hit up groups (at least based on requests) on Tuesdays, that gives everyone else six days to beef up their own security measures now.

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Topics: Security, Mobility

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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