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LulzSec goes on hacking rampage against game sites

Lulz Security has struck again but many gamers aren't lulzing ... er ... laughing at the hacking group's latest antics. Through its Twitter account Tuesday, LulzSec claimed it had taken down gaming magazine The Escapist as well as the website and log-in server for massively multiplayer game "EVE Online," the log-in server for online action-strategy game "League of Legends," and the log-in server of popular indie game "Minecraft."

And a visit to those websites showed that, sure enough, they had bit the digital dust.
Meanwhile, like a playground bully, LulzSec spent Tuesday morning taunting those it had taken down with various tweets.

"@EveOnline our boats sunk your inferior spaceships, ujelly," they fired off at the official "EVE" Twitter account. And they added, "Silly Eve have taken their entire network offline after our very simple DDoS attack. Oh well, another day, another lulz!"

And LulzSec had a post for those gamers upset by their attack on "Mincraft" as well: "If you're mad about Minecraft, we'd love to laugh at you over the phone. Call 614-LULZSEC for your chance to reach Pierre Dubois! :3"

Tuesday's victims were just the latest game-related sites to come under attack from the loosely-knit collective LulzSec (so named because "lulz" is Internet slang for laughs).

On Monday, LulzSec announced it had hacked the website for popular game developer Bethesda Softworks — the makers of games like "Brink" and the "Elder Scrolls" series — and had taken the personal information of some 200,000 users. But the group claimed that because it "liked" the development company it wouldn't reveal the users' personal information.

It's unclear why LulzSec would target Bethesda, "EVE Online," "League of Legends" and especially "Minecraft" — which is an underdog of a game if ever there was one and an outstanding example of the kind of great game a small developer working outside the mainstream corporate setting can create. (By the way, Markus "Notch" Persson has said his server is now back up and operational.)

But then again, who says hackers have to make sense?

More @ MSNBC