Hacker collective Anonymous, a group behind a number of highly successful attacks on websites, was itself the target of a cyber-attack carried out by its apparent rival, the “Rustle League.”
The group’s @Anon_Central Twitter account, which has 165,000 followers, was hacked this week. “The idea is to Rustle Jimmies,” reads one of the tweets, referring to an Internet meme. “Rusting Jimmies,” as it goes, is a term used to express feelings of discomfort, commonly used on the imageboard 4chan.org juxtaposed with the image of a smiling gorilla.
“Remember, anonymous is not only about wearing guy fawkes mask and making a twitter account. It’s about changing your view about everything!” reads another tweet.
“WE ARE RUSTLE LEAGUE WE ARE ALPHA,” another tweet said, according to The Inquisitr website. The “alpha” term is also a term frequently used on 4chan. Vice Magazine also posted a screenshot of the Anonymous twitter feed, which said that “this account has been hacked by @RustleLeague.”
The hack might be in response to a series of messages posted on 4chan by a user purporting to be a member of Anonymous. The alleged Anonymous user said the group would take action against the website for some of its users posting child pornography.
“The reason Anonymous fell victim is probably human weakness,” Graham Cluley, who runs a blog with security firm Sophos, told the BBC. “Chances are that they followed poor password practices, like using the same password in multiple places or choosing a password that was easy to crack.”
He continued: “Everyone should learn better password security from incidents like this—if it can happen to an account run by Anonymous supporters, it could happen to you.”
As of Friday, the @RustleLeague Twitter account was suspended.
There were several other high-profile Twitter accounts that were hacked this week, including one operated by Burger King and Jeep. When the Burger King account was hacked, it claimed the company was taken over by McDonalds, while the Jeep account tweeted about non-Jeep cars.
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