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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. On this website, text may be "stored online for a "set period of time_, "according to an article published by SC Magazine. The article stated that this storage action compromised "_log-in and password pairs – for various services, websites, and emails."
The Pastebin website was initially launched in 2007 as a temporary text storage space but is now a spot where hackers "_reveal 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_" 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."
Written by Bryon Turcotte / February 19, 2014