www.happyhacker.org/news.html News & Views Sept. 20, 1999, the Loan Gunmen deface NAACP web site. Is the Hacking for Girliez gang back -- now calling itself the Loan Rangers? Antionline's John Vranesevich reveals suggestive evidence. [Actually, he reveals NO evidence. Just unfounded libel. Further, the group calls themselves the "United Loan Gunmen".] In recent weeks the Loan Rangers have defaced web sites for the Drudge Report (http://www.drudgereport.com), C-Span (http://www.cspan.org), ABC (http://www.abc.com), Wired Online (http://www.wired.com) and The Jerry Springer Show (http://www.universalstudios.com/tv/jerryspringer). [Wired and Springer were done by completely different group s/people.] A Wired story suggests that the Loan Rangers attack on NASDAQ may have been a celebration of the one year anniversary of Hacking for Girliez's $1.5 million worth of damage to the computer network of the New York Times. Meanwhile, the Global Hell gang, which like the Loan Rangers/HFG appears to be associated with Brian Martin's Attrition gang, appears to have resurfaced under the guise of The Level Seven Crew. ZDnet reporter Will Knight reports the Level Seven Crew's recent vandalism of a US embassy web site. [So now, Attrition and/or Brian Martin is responsible for Global Hell, Level Seven, HFG, and ULG? And anyone with common sense can see this is nothing more than a malicious libel campaign.] CBS Marketwatch points out that when a web site is hacked, it's a good idea to assume that any or all computers on the affected local area network (LAN) may have been compromised. And Hacker News Network reports that the Loan Gunmen have recently bragged that they did just that -- illegally compromised two computers "on the windows2000test.com subnet last week." This was a standard tactic of HFG -- getting into web servers by first compromising other computers on the same LAN. [This is a common tactic of ANY hacker or group. Saying this is like drawing parallels because "they all use computers".] Did Loan Rangers finally go too far when they hacked NASDAQ? Will the FBI finally figure out how to stop their rampage? Or will high profile web sites finally persuade sysadmins to install secure web servers?