Anonymous Hacks SpecialForces.com, Posts Passwords and Credit Card Data
By Ian Paul, PCWorld Dec 28, 2011 5:55 AM
Anonymous Hacks SpecialForces.com, Posts Passwords and Credit Card
DataMembers of the hacker collective Anonymous claim they have stolen about
14,000 user passwords and 8,000 credit card numbers from SpecialForces.com,
a military and law enforcement equipment retailer. The data breach occurred
several months ago, according to Anonymous, but the group only now decided
to post the data online. The purloined password list had reportedly been
posted online several weeks ago as well.
A Twitter account associated with Anonymous has posted a screenshot of an
e-mail from SpecialForces.com dated Dec. 15 admitting to the data breach.
The purported SpecialForces.com e-mail confirms that Anonymous obtained
customer usernames, passwords, and possibly encrypted credit card
information. The e-mail advises customers that all passwords were blocked as
a security precaution to prevent misuse of user accounts. SpecialForces.com
was unavailable for comment, and attempts to contact purported victims of
the Anonymous hack were unsuccessful.
Anonymous members were apparently motivated to attack SpecialForces.com
because, the hackers believe, the site's customers are largely "military and
law enforcement affiliated individuals." The attack on SpecialForces.com is
part of a larger Anonymous hacking campaign called LulzXmas. The campaign
included the recent attack on Stratfor Global Intelligence, a think tank
focused on international security issues. In that attack, Anonymous was able
to obtain more than 53,000 client e-mail addresses as well as credit card
numbers and other personal information. Stratfor's website has been down
since the attack over the Christmas weekend. Anonymous describes LulzXmas as
weeklong hacking campaign targeting sites related to global finance,
militaries and governments.
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