GhostShell hackers release 1.6 million NASA, FBI, ESA accounts
Hacktivist crew signs off for Christmas
The hacking collecting GhostShell has announced it has finished operations for the year, but has signed off with a dump of around 1.6 million account details purloined from government, military, and industry.
"ProjectWhiteFox will conclude this year's series of attacks by promoting hacktivism worldwide and drawing attention to the freedom of information on the net," the group said in a statement.
"For those two factors we have prepared a juicy release of 1.6 million accounts/records from fields such as aerospace, nanotechnology, banking, law, education, government, military, all kinds of wacky companies & corporations working for the department of defense, airlines and more."
The group claimed the accounts come from the ESA, NASA, Pentagon, Federal Reserve, Interpol, FBI, and firms in the aerospace and military contracting field, as well as some security companies. It also claims to have sent emails highlighting failures in 150 servers to the security chiefs of the hacked organizations.
The team mocked the efforts of law enforcement groups trying to track them down, and the security groups hired to help them. Some of GhostShell's servers had been found, but they were empty, the group said, and of little importance.
However, there were plenty of so-called hidden websites used by online investigators that GhostShell says it has been following and infiltrating. It mocked attempts to hide these sites, saying they would always be watching.
It has been a busy couple of months for the group, which has been cited as an off-shoot of the Anonymous group. In August, around one million account details from businesses were leaked, while in October it released student records from the world's top 100 universities. Last month it was the Russians' turn, with 2.5 million records from government and businesses put online. ®
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That's what they *said* they did, but if the various arrested Anons are any indication of character, that were these guys are fantasists. It's more likely they got the addresses by rifling through third-party servers like forums or conference organisers that don't have such high security.
You can get a shit-load of ESA and NASA addresses just by scanning the abstracts of aerospace conference papers, and it's not too hard to weed through other spam-lists to find certain domains.
And when you've got them, what the fuck use is a pile of email addresses at the Department of the Treasury, or the European Space Agency anyway. What are they going to do with them? *Spam* them into revealing that the financial crisis is a result of the world's governments paying a gold tribute to the aliens that landed in Roswell? Seriously... acquisition of something resembling a life is in order here.
But hey, they're saving the world (from something as yet undefined) and taking a stand (for something as yet undefined).
These kinds of fruitless attacks end up becoming fodder for politcal lobbying. It doesnt show strength or prowess, it shows more that the group don't understand the world that they live in....
I've a feeling that...
...the really successful hacks are the ones we never hear about.