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This is the text of a message from Ex @UG member le4ky accompanying the release of over 500 hacked email accounts in the form of usernames and encrypted passwords and reported by CyberWarNews:

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Similar to #OpSaveTheArctic – Phase I (http://pastebin.com/1ca3BR19) , The listed targets where breached and as a punishment, The employee accounts of the concerned Corporations where used to sign the petition at http://www.savethearctic.org/ .

    After the full operation, a total amount of 96K petitions where signed at http://www.savethearctic.org/ (96,176 to be precise).

    This is the statement of the concerned hacks and to give out a message to the Corrupt Corporations that are harming our environment!

Note : Regarding Exxon hack, the leaked account details where used for phishing attacks so in this paste, only few account details are released.

    If anyone wants Cracked MD5s, contact me on twitter.com/le4ky

    This Operation is carried out by Anonymous and isn’t anyhow affiliated to GreenPeace! We are just supporting their cause

    ShoutOut : Anonymous Operations Sweden (twitter.com/AnonOpsSweden)

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However, according to thenextweb.com the attack actually succeeded in compromising over 1,000 emails belonging to the five most prominent oil companies, i.e. Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), BP plc  (NYSE:BP), Gazprom OAO (PINK:OGZPY) (FRA:GAZ) (ETR:GAZ) and Rosneft’ NK OAO (MCX:ROSN).  Apparently, all these companies stand accused by the hackers of conspiring to melt the Arctic ice caps due to their activities.

Of these addresses and passwords  the first lot of 317 emails and MD5 passwords were hacked in June and another lot of 724 emails with hashed passwords, plus 26 mails with clear text passwords were released on the web yesterday.

The hackers are apparently eager that online number crunchers would succeed in cracking the passwords and post the text passwords on the net.

Apparently the hackers succeeded because certain shell domains and sub-domains suffered from poor website management.

Forget stodgy oil companies, even high tech giant Nvidia is not safe from hacking. Last week, the company had to temporarily decommission its developer forum after concerns that data “may” have passed into the wrong hands. Here is Nvidia’s notice:

NVIDIA suspended operations today of the NVIDIA Developer Zone (developer.nvidia.com). We did this in response to attacks on the site by unauthorized third parties who may have gained access to hashed passwords.

 

    We are investigating this matter and working around the clock to ensure that secure operations can be restored.

Nvidia later clarified that the breach was engineered by third parties looking for sensitive information and that they were successful in obtaining encrypted passwords.

The above attacks followed after hacks on Billabong, Yahoo Voices, Phandroid and Formspring.

Are we in the midst of a hacking epidemic?