Pierluigi Paganini May 26, 2014
UPDATED – Ex LulzSec Sabu helped feds foil 300+ cyberattacks

Prosecutors filed a document which reveals ex LulzSec hacker Sabu helped US authorities stop more that 300 cyber attacks against US targets. The time of sentencing the former LulzSec hacker is arrived, next week the turned-FBI informant Hector “Sabu” Monsegur will be judged for the numerous cyber attacks he organized when he was a member of Anonymous group. […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 25, 2014
US Government coordinated hacktivist to hit foreign governments

Hacktivist Hector Xavier Monsegur, former leader of LulzSec collective, may have coordinated state-sponsored attacks for the U.S. Government. The New York time published the news that an FBI informant, Hector Xavier Monsegur, coordinated in 2012 a campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites. In many cases we discussed the possibility to exploit hacktivism to support […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 18, 2013
Jeremy Hammond on state-sponsored hacktivism

Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, during the process he declared that FBI directed my attacks of Anonymous on foreign governments. Jeremy Hammond, the popular Anonymous hacktivist considered the principal responsible for the disclosure of thousands of emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 05, 2012
Attack of Team GhostShell against Russian Government

Last month we have discussed on the attacks conducted by the group of hackers Team GhostShell against universities all over the world.  The group Team GhostShell claimed credit for the hack of  servers of the 100 principal universities from around the world, including Stanford, Princeton Harvard, the University of Michigan and also the Italian University of Rome. […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 18, 2012
Anonymous vs Wikileaks…you can condemn a man but not wipe out an ideology

Hacktivism is considered one of the most interesting phenomena of the last year, despite this form of dissent is dated in the last years it has catalyzed the media attention with its exploit. Hacktivism is considered one of the main cyber threats and its operations have created serious problems to private businesses and governments, for […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 15, 2012
#OpTrapWire, Anonymous against surveillance systems

In this days I have written several times regarding surveillance systems and the huge business around it. Private companies, government agencies and cyber units are all working to develop new tools to spy on wide audience. This tools are really attractive for those governments that desire to monitor and pursue dissident, in many cases these […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 10, 2012
Syria Files, Wikileaks, Anonymous and dirty affairs

Big outcry on Wikileaks that last week has published more that 2.4 million emails allegedly obtained from continuous hack against Syrian government and organizations connected to the regime. The correspondence of “Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies” between August 2006 and March 2012 has been defined embarrassing for the government of Damascus and its […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 29, 2012
Stratfor refunds clients.Concerns on subcontractors in the security chain

Last Christmas the Stratfor Global Intelligence was hacked by Anonymous who disclosed company website and also the full client list of over 4000 individuals and corporations. The hacker gained access to a subscriber list stored on, and that list contained unencrypted credit card data. Stratfor is an organization that gathers open source intelligence which […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 04, 2012
The hacktivism phenomenon

Article published on The Malta Indipendent The last years have been characterised by the escalation of operations conducted by hacktivist groups, such as the famous Anonymous, which have expressed social dissent through cyber attacks. In contemporary society technology plays a crucial role, and is used as a new cultural vehicle and even aggregation element. It’s a […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 29, 2012
Young cyber army, cyber threat or resource to enhance?

We live in economically tumultuous days and even more in the cyberspace. Not a day goes by that you do not observe a striking hack, yet another multinational ridiculed and made bare and vulnerable to human eyes. It’s happened with Sony, with RSA with Stratfor, clay giants collapsed at the hands of groups of hactivists, a […]