Feeds

Hacktivists lift emails, passwords from oil biz in support of Greenpeace

Operation get behind the hippies

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

An Anonymous cadre has hacked into major oil corporations' computers to protest against drilling in the Arctic.

The attack, dubbed OpSaveTheArctic, has led to the lifting of email addresses and encrypted password hashes for about 500 email accounts at five leading oil exploration corporations: Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, Gazprom and Rosneft. Some of the leaked contact addresses have been added to Greenpeace's Save The Arctic petition page. Other hacktivists have been encouraged to spread the list.

The database raid by Anonymous was inspired by the Greenpeace campaign but it is not associated with the hippy organisation*.

"This Operation is carried out by Anonymous and isn't anyhow affiliated to GreenPeace! We are just supporting their cause," le4ky, the hacktivist behind the data dump, stated.

A manifesto for the operation was posted on Pastebin, but El Reg has declined to link to it because it contains private information that will be handy for phishing scams or worse.

Le4ky has offered to supply cracked MD5 hashes - the plaintext versions of the weakly one-way encrypted passwords - to interested parties. He claimed that the Exxon data slurp was not enabled by exploiting a vulnerability in its website but because of an unspecified mistake by its webmaster. ®

Peacenote

*It is official Greenpeace policy that all members of the organisation are required to be hippies, like it or not. Full details at the bottom of this article.

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.