Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/14/pirate_bay_hacked/

Pirate Bay plundered by hackers

Bloggy data pillage

By Christopher Williams

Posted in Security, 14th May 2007 09:38 GMT

Buccaneering BitTorrent source The Pirate Bay has been hacked and a copy of its user database stolen, the site admitted.

The Swedish outfit copped to the data breach in its blog, which ironically was the site of the vulnerability. It said:

They have got a copy of the user database. That is, your username and passwords. But, the passwords are stored encrypted, so it's not a big deal, but it's still very sad that it's out there. All emails are for instance encrypted as well, they will most likely not be able to decrypt them either (they are _very_ encrypted)

We encourage all our users to change passwords as soon as possible - and if you have the same password on the bay as other places, you should update them as well.

Swedish newspapers fingered hacking collective Arga Unga Hackare as the perps, though both the group and Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde have denied their involvement. Sunde said he knows whodunnit, and that the hole has been fixed.

Pirate Bay has garnered attention in the last year after it was raided by Swedish authorities, tried to buy Sealand, and took money from a far-right benefactor. ®