Bad Hackers Do Good, Warn British Health Service of Security Holes
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The hacking group LulzSec took a break today from its recent rash of illegal network intrusions and instead steered its efforts in a positive, healthy direction.
Early this morning (June 9), LulzSec, which has claimed responsibility for hacking Nintendo, Fox, Sony and PBS, wrote an email to the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS), alerting it to vulnerabilities in its network that could result in the exposure of sensitive data, according to the BBC.
"While you aren't considered an enemy your work is of course brilliant we did stumble upon several of your admin passwords," the email reads. "We mean you no harm and only want to help you fix your tech issues."
LulzSec reinforced its benevolent stance in a Twitter post this morning:
"Because if we f***ed over those that give health, people would literally die laughing at our antics. Poor lungs = poor lulz, people."
It also tweeted an image of the letter it sent the NHS, with sensitive details blacked out.
An NHS spokesperson told the BBC that no patient information was compromised as a result of the security vulnerabilities LulzSec had pointed out.
LulzSec even took advantage of its growing popularity on Twitter to spread the word about Alice Pyne, a 15-year old English girl with terminal cancer. Her blog, "Alice's Bucket List," which details how she's like to spend her remaining time in Earth, was started only on Monday but has quickly become an Internet sensation.
"Give little girls your bones in return for all the Lulz we brought you," a post on @LulzSec's Twitter page reads, followed by a link to the NHS's British Bone Marrow Registry.
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