[AfrICANN-discuss] Hackers Plunder Pirate Bay User Data
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Fri Jul 9 13:55:17 SAST 2010
Hackers Plunder Pirate Bay User Data
Hackers have plundered The Pirate Bay for its treasure, in this case the booty is the e-mail addresses, IP address and user names of four million of the site's users, according to several reports.
A group of three hackers from Argentina have taken credit for the attack, according to an interview posted by Krebs On Security with one of the hackers, a 23-year-old who calls himself Ch Russo.
In the interview Russo claims that he and two other buccaneers uncovered multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities on The Pirate Bay, a widely popular file sharing and torrent site. By exploiting the vulnerabilities, the trio was able to access 4 million usernames, e-mail addresses and IP addresses.
Russo reportedly toyed with turning the data over to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which could prosecute The Pirate Bay users for copyright infringement and other violations.
"Probably these groups would be very interested in this information, but we are not [trying] to sell it," Russo told Krebs On Security. "Instead we wanted to tell people that their information may not be so well protected."
Russo proved the hack by providing Brian Krebs, who runs Krebs on security, with his username and other info that Russo obtained in the Pirate Bay hack.
Russo also contacted The Pirate Bay and alerted them to his discovery, the hacker said, but so far has not received a response. The Pirate Bay did, however, fix the vulnerability exploited by Russo and his tango of hackers.
The Pirate Bay has not acknowledged the attack, but earlier Thursday the site was down.
"Upgrading some stuff, database is in use for backups, soon back again.. Btw, it's nice weather outside I think," the site said.
The RIAA and the international IFPI have made many attempts to make The Pirate Bay walk the plank and have it shut down, but their attempts have been mostly unsucceseful. Last year, the peer-to-peer site appeared sunk as the co-founders were sentenced in April to a year in prison and fined $3.6 million in damages for copyright violations. The Pirate Bay was then successfully sued in a Dutch court and later a Swedish court pulled the plug on the local ISP hosting The Pirate Bay. Throughout it all, The Pirate Bay has sailed on.
Source : http://www.crn.com/security/225702709
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