T-Mobile: Hacktivism Strikes Again

Monday, January 16, 2012

Plagiarist Paganini

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(Translated from the original Italian)

2012 has started off in the worst possible way in terms of cyber security, because we have observed several successful attacks against military organizations and private companies.

Currently there is the sensational case of the Zappos data breach, the cyber escalation of which Israel is a victim, and now T-Mobile has suffered an attack.

There is little evidence of the hack on internet, except for a list of credentials published in recent days on Pastebin.

Pastebin is now the site used most by hackers to showcase their stolen data and advertise their exploits in the world, a phenomenon experiencing serious growth.

The attacks are an example yet another protest made by a group of hacktivists called TeaMp0isoN, who are reported to have breached the official website of T-Mobile, one of the largest wireless communications providers in the world, subsequently leaking sensitive information regarding the company's staff.

The hacktivist group accuses the company of providing support to monitoring activities by the government and for supporting the application of the "Patriot Act".

The hackers have declared: "One of the main reasons for the hack is because they are corrupted, but we wanted to show how weak also their security is."

The type of attack used was a SQL injection, which exploited a vulnerability in the T-mobile.com website, and which exposed the personal data of the company staff (names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords of the administrators and staff members).

Hackers have also mocked the site administrators for the use of weak login credentials.

TeaMp0isoN is a well known group famous for other operations such as "OpRobinHood", "OpFreePalestine", and for the United Nations server violations which occurred in November of 2011.

The technique is always the same, to ridicule the opponents, to show their inability to secure their networks, and to express disagreement with the decisions and policies pursued by companies and government organizations.

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Cross-posted from Security Affairs

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M A I am surprised not to see an article on SOPA or PIPA...maybe tom : (
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