Credentials of 300K Users Posted on Website by Hackers

Researchers from High-Tech Bridge – the Swiss “security and computer forensics” company – have reportedly discovered that the credentials of over 300,000 computer users were recently placed on Pastebin, a website where text may be “stored online for a “set period of time“, according to an article published by SC Magazine. The article stated that this action of storage compromised “log-in and password pairs – for various services, websites and emails.”

The Pastebin website was originally launched in 2007 as a temporary text storage space but is now been a spot where hackersreveal compromised account details”  and where they can “show off their expertise, rather than for direct financial gain“, according to the article.  These hackers have publicized captured information, as the report indicates, from “Comcast, the FBI, Tesco and the Singapore government.

High-Tech Bridge outlined in the article that every “leak record” on the website “contains 1,000 user credentials.” The firm’s research suggested that most leaks are from hactivists – often groups like Anonymous and Lulz Sec – that pride themselves on posting “personal data and passwords of law enforcement and security agencies” simply to show the world that this type of breach is “possible“, according to the article. Ilia Kolochenko, High-Tech Bridge CEO, was quoted in the article to say that, “It’s a proof of concept; they’d like to show that they’ve hacked someone. The posts are in effect, adverts for the attackers‘ capabilities.”

Read more about how this and other malicious events have been keeping security firms like High-Tech Bridge and others around the globe very busy in the full article at SC Magazine.

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