UGNazi

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UGNazi is a computer hacker group that claimed responsibility for several attacks conducted over the Internet. They are perhaps best known leaking the personal information of government officials.[1] The group is made of JoshTheGod, CosmoTheGod, ClayDavisTheGod, MrOsama, CyberZeist

Opposition to SOPA[edit]

It attacked the Ultimate Fighting Championship's website in protest of the UFC's support for the Stop Online Piracy Act proposed by the United States at the time.[2] They later hacked Coach's website for the same reason.[3]

Washington Military Department leaks[edit]

After compromising a database belonging to the Washington Military Department, UGNazi leaked sensitive DNS information used by the US state of Washington. They also leaked the account details of about 16 users, consisting of usernames and password hashes, including those of the website's administrator. "This is just a continuation of our attack against wa.gov, but other than that, like we said we're not done with the government or anyone to be exact. We're going to come after every dirtbag we can get our hands on. Freedom is a right not a privilege but the US government makes it seems like it's a privilege that we have the 'freedom'," a group member told Softpedia.[4]

CIA[edit]

Softpedia published an article about the attack on the CIA. Hackers of UGNazi are launching attacks on the sites of the CIA and the one of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

WHMCS leak[edit]

In May 2012, UGNazi claimed responsibility for hacking the web server of the web host billing software developer WHMCS in an apparent social engineering attack.[5] A member of the group called WHMCS's hosting provider impersonating a senior employee.[6] They were subsequently granted root access to WHMCS's web server after providing information for identity verification. UGNazi later leaked publicly WHMCS's SQL database, website files, and cPanel configuration.[7] The leaked database contains about 500,000 stored credit card numbers.[5] The Federal Bureau of Investigation has since been involved in the ongoing investigation.[6][8]

UGNazi member Cosmo claimed that the group targeted WHMCS in response to their tolerance for fraudulent websites' licensed use of their software.[6] Days later, Cosmo released a statement claiming that WHMCS was attacked to demonstrate the vulnerability of their customers' credit card numbers, which were stored on a web server managed by HostGator.[citation needed]

MyBB[edit]

In May 2012, UGNazi targeted the open source forum software, MyBB. UGNazi's Twitter account claims the attack was because the largest hacking forum on the Internet, HackForums, uses the MyBB software.[citation needed] The attack appears to have been done by DNS poisoning. The mybb.com domain had been edited to point toward the UGNazi website. At this time, there has been no evidence of server or data breaches.[9]

4chan[edit]

In June 2012, UGNazi targeted the well-known imageboard 4chan.[10] They are reported to have hacked CloudFlare's database.[citation needed] The attacks on 4chan were notoriously short, lasting about 20 minutes. During that 20 minutes anyone trying to access 4chan would be redirected to UGNazi's Twitter page.[citation needed]

Wounded Warrior Project[edit]

In June 2012, UGNazi attacked the non-profit organization Wounded Warrior Project. The Project's database was released on June 6, 2012.[11][12]

HostGator[edit]

In June 2012, UGNazi attacked one of the world's biggest hosting companies, HostGator, leaving the website unavailable for almost 4 hours.[13]

WePay[edit]

On June 6, 2012, UGNazi attacked the payment processor known as WePay, leaving the website unavailable for 17 hours.[14] People[who?] claim the attack on the WePay website may have resulted in a data breach, but whether it has actually occurred is currently unknown.[citation needed]

Wawa[edit]

On June 8, 2012 UGNazi hacked the website of Wawa, a chain of convenience stores. They defaced the webpage, and have made statements that they have remote access to all of Wawa's gas station terminals. UGNazi has said that the reason for hacking Wawa was to lower gas prices. The Wawa website has since been secured.[15][16][17][18]

Six Flags[edit]

On June 17, 2012 UGNazi hacked the website of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and left the page defaced for over 6 hours.

Twitter[edit]

On Jan 1, 2014, UGNazi took popular social media website Twitter down via a denial of service attack. Twitter was down for 2 hours, and this was the worst crash the site had faced in 8 months.[19][20]

Westboro Baptist Church[edit]

UGNazi member "Cosmo" or "Cosmo the God" hacked into the Twitter accounts of Shirley Phelps-Roper on December 17, 2012, and Fred Phelps Jr. on December 19, 2012, in protest of their Westboro Baptist Church's planned protest following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Phelps-Roper's account displayed a tribute called 'Pray For Newtown', lending support to those affected by the tragedy. As of the 20th of the same month, Phelps-Roper's account has been returned to her control, whereas Phelps's is listed as having been suspended.

Law enforcement action[edit]

Mir Islam, allegedly UGNazi member JoshTheGod, was arrested on 26 June 2012 in Manhattan as part of Operation Card Shop, a Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation into identity theft and credit card fraud, after allegedly attempting to withdraw money using a stolen ATM card.[21]

Cosmo, another alleged UGNazi member, was also arrested on June 26, 2012 in Long Beach, California as part of Operation Card Shop. In the FBI's press release regarding Operation Card Shop, it states "In addition, two minors, whose names will not be made public, were arrested by local authorities in Long Beach and Sacramento, California". 2 days later, Cosmo was released from a Juvenile Detention Center in Los Angeles and posted on Twitter, which was Cosmo's final tweet. [22][23]

Sentencing[edit]

On November 7, 2012 the 15-year-old UGNazi hacker known as Cosmo* or Cosmo the God was sentenced in juvenile court in Long Beach, California. Cosmo plead guilty to multiple felonies in exchange for a probation, encompassing all the charges brought against him, which included charges based on credit card fraud, identity theft, bomb threats, and online impersonation, the terms of the plea place him on probation until his 21st birthday. During that time, he cannot use the internet without prior consent from his parole officer. Nor will he be allowed to use the Internet in an unsupervised manner, or for any purposes other than education-related ones. He is required to hand over all of his account logins and passwords. He must disclose in writing any devices that he has access to that have the capability to connect to a network. He is prohibited from having contact with any members or associates of UGNazi or Anonymous(although anonymous has no official members), along with a specified list of other individuals. He had to forfeit all the computers and other items seized in the raid on his home, violating any of these terms will result in a three-year prison term.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.occupylv.org/news/ugnazi-targets-cia-website-protest-cispa
  2. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Community_portal"The UFC finally issues a statement about UGNazi, the group that hacked UFC.com". http://middleeasy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7002%3Athe-ufc-finally-issues-a-statement-about-ugnazi-the-group-that-hacked-ufccom&catid=34%3Aorganizations&Itemid=106. MiddleEasy. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ http://techie-buzz.com/tech-news/coach-ufc-coachfactory-hacked-ugnazi.html
  4. ^ Kovacs, Eduard. "UGNazi Hackers Leak Data from Washington Military Department". http://news.softpedia.com/news/UGNazi-Hackers-Leak-Data-from-Washington-Military-Department-269244.shtml. Softpedia. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b http://news.softpedia.com/news/UGNazi-Leaks-1-7-GB-of-Data-from-WHMCS-Servers-270914.shtml
  6. ^ a b c Greenberg, Andy (22 May 2012). "Hackers Impersonate Web Billing Firm's Staff To Spill 500,000 Users' Passwords And Credit Cards". Forbes. 
  7. ^ http://paste.re/409.html
  8. ^ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/22/whmcs_breach/
  9. ^ Serial Velocity
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/CosmoTheGod/status/208656791708508160
  11. ^ http://news.softpedia.com/news/UGNazi-Attacks-Wounded-Warrior-Project-to-Spite-The-Jester-273163.shtml
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/UG/status/208625109311819776
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/JoshTheGod/status/210194654925295616
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/UG/status/210204612534353920
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/UG/status/211220216074616833
  16. ^ http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20120608/NEWS01/120608009/Wawa-s-website-hacked
  17. ^ http://digg.com/news/world_news/ugnazi_claims_to_hacked_defaced_and_be_in_control_of_wawa_servers
  18. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120608_Hackers_hit_Wawa_website.html
  19. ^ http://gizmodo.com/5963952/the-final-words-of-a-15+year+old-hacker-banned-from-the-internet?utm_source=gizmodo.com&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=recirculation
  20. ^ Pepitone, Julianne (June 21, 2012). "Twitter crashes hard, Internet freaks out". CNN. 
  21. ^ Zetter, Kim (26 June 2012). "Feds Arrest 24 in Global Carding Ring Bust". Wired. Condé Nast Publications. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2012/manhattan-u.s.-attorney-and-fbi-assistant-director-in-charge-announce-24-arrests-in-eight-countries-as-part-of-international-cyber-crime-takedown
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/CosmoTheGod/status/218255934068244481
  24. ^ Honan, Mat (9 November 2012). "Teenage Hacker ‘Cosmo the God’ Sentenced by California Court". Wired. 

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