A hacking group has penetrated a Fox Broadcasting Network server and published hundreds of employees' names and email passwords, and is urging fellow online pranksters to join its anti-Fox cybercrusade.
Obtained by the security firm Sophos, the hackers' email includes usernames and passwords of nearly 400 Fox Broadcasting employees and employees of affiliate Fox stations. (None of the leaked emails are from Fox News Channel.)
The group, which calls itself LulzSec, urges people to "ravage the following list of emails and passwords" and to wreak havoc on the employees' Facebook, MySpace and PayPal accounts — "whatever you can get your hands on."
In its anti-Fox campaign, LulzSec got ahold of the Twitter account of @FOXUPTV and used it to taunt the network. The hackers also manipulated the LinkedIn profile of Marian Lai, Fox's vice president of broadcasting.
In its letter to Fox.com, LulzSec takes credit for breaching Fox's servers at the beginning of this month and leaking the names, emails and phone numbers of hundreds of thousands of potential contestants on Fox's Simon Cowell-helmed singing competition, " The X Factor."
"We don't like you very much. As such, we cordially invite you to kiss our hand-crafted crescent fresh asses," the letter reads. "Remember that time we leaked all your X-Factor contestants? Well now we're leaking some more of your junk."
LulzSec's Twitter page, @LulzSec, is also very active, with several posts from early this morning (May 13) updating the list of leaked Fox.com emails.
If the LulzSec hackers were going after Fox News Channel, they missed. No Fox News email addresses or passwords were leaked. Fox Broadcasting Network and Fox News Channel are separate divisions of the parent company, News Corporation.
Perhaps even more interesting, however, is what LulzSec claims to have in store.
In a tweet shortly before midnight on May 12, LulzSec wrote: "I bet you guys would like to see the FBI slapped around a bit — it's being planned."
To avoid having your email account compromised, use a strong password, change it regularly, and make sure you have up-to-date antivirus software running on your computer.