• October 4, 2012

    GhostShell Hacks 100 Major Universities

    The hacker group GhostShell struck again late Monday with Project WestWind in which they leaked 120,000 records from 100 major universities around the world.  The hack was identified as a SQL breach.  Universities like University of Michigan New York University Princeton Harvard Cambridge Tokyo University Cornell Just to name the who’s who list were affected. The group leader DeadMellox tweeted a link to the release posted on Pastebin.  On the pastebin post the group stated “We wanted to bring to your attention different examples from Europe, how the laws change so often that even the teachers have a hard time adjusting to them, let alone, the students, to the US, where tuition fees have spiked up so much that by the time you finish any sort of degree, you will be in more debt than you can handle and with no certainty that you will get a job, to Asia, where strict & limited teachings still persist and never seem to catch up with the times and most of the time fail to prep you up for a world where foreign affairs are crucial in this day and age.” They went on to say “You don’t have to talk about it with us, what’s important is that you bring up the subject ‘today’s education’ in day-to-day conversations with your family, friends, people close to you and try to understand the system better, together. How it works, how a certain type of diploma can or cannot help you in your road to the career you want to pursue.” The information they stole included Date of Birth Citizenship Ethnicity Marital status Gender Email addresses Student names Faculty names Staff names Luckily for the universities, only one bank account number could be found and no credit card information or social security numbers were...
  •   Project HellFire by the hacktivist group GhostShell claims to have released one million account details from websites, in a project under the alias “Hellfire”. GhostShell a hacker group linked with the Activist group Anonymous is claiming that they have hacked some major U.S. institutions including major banking institutions, accounts of politicians and has posted those details online. The dumps comprising of millions of accounts has been let loose on the web by the hacking collective. The motivation behind the hack, the group claims, is to protest against banks, politicians and the hackers who have been captured by law enforcement agencies. Some of the hacked databases included over 30,000 records, although the actual figures were “hard to count and verify”. While “a lot of the data” does not appear to be sensitive, through CMS exploits GhostShell was able to steal a “very large portion” of the files, which noticeably included credit history reports.  Other information included usernames, passwords, email addresses and the real names of account holders. The group justifies its operation, Project HellFire, as a “final form of protest this summer against the banks, politicians and for all the fallen hackers this year”.