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|Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:49 pm Post subject: No Shelter From a Cybercrime Storm
|Anonymous hackers let fly with the information they pilfered from Stratfor, dumping on the Web for all to see Friday. Hundreds of thousands of usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords were included. SpecialForces.com, a site that sells military clothing and personal gear, also found itself in hackers' crosshairs.
The Anonymous hacker collective has run riot this holiday season, and security experts predict more pain from cybercriminals at large for the coming year.
Anonymous also announced earlier that it had cracked the systems of gear vendor SpecialForces.com on Tuesday.
As a follow-up to its breach of private think tank Stratfor's systems last week, the hacker collective, or its stepchild Antisec, dumped all the information stolen from the Stratfor break-in on the Web on Friday.
This includes 75,000 names, addresses, and MD5 hashed passwords of all Stratfor's paying customers, as well as about 860,000 usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords for everyone who's ever registered on Stratfor's site. It's not clear whether there's any overlap between the two categories.
MD5, the Message-Digest Algorithm, is a widely used cryptographic hash function used in various security applications and to check data integrity that's been declared unsuitable for further use by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) because of its vulnerabilities.