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Attackers Leak UN Usernames and Passwords 48

Orome1 writes "A group of hackers that go by the name of 'Teamp0ison' has apparently compromised one (or more) of UN's servers and dumped over 1000 email addresses, usernames, and passwords of their staff." The BBC has a bit more, including a denial that anything of value was compromised.
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Attackers Leak UN Usernames and Passwords

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  • As usual... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @02:12PM (#38216682) Homepage Journal

    It's more a story of bad security practices than brilliant exploits by 12 year olds.

  • by bengoerz ( 581218 ) on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @02:14PM (#38216730)
    Judging by some of it's past inactions, it is arguable that 1,000+ UN accounts do not comprise anything of value.
  • by demonbug ( 309515 ) on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @02:42PM (#38217076) Journal

    If there is one thing that will result in the UN stepping in to places like Darfur, Rwanda, and Yugoslavia, clearly it is having email accounts and login credentials spread around. If only T3amP01s0n had been around in the 1940s they could have... um... published UN mailing addresses and lock combinations to prevent the creation of Israel and the disposition of the Palestinian people (? - did they mean dispossession, or do they mean that the UN creating Israel is responsible for Palestinians' bad dispositions?). Thank god for groups like TEAmpoiSON who are working to make the world a better place through releasing such incriminating information on a truly evil organization - clearly a blow for freedom!

    I just don't understand the thinking behind actions like this, especially with respect to the groups stated reasons. The UN failed to step in to prevent genocide(s), so we are going to try to harm, embarrass, or destroy the institution... because then, there wouldn't be an institution failing to act in such circumstances, which is clearly a better alternative! And also, Israel!!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 30, 2011 @02:43PM (#38217096)

    You need to have something of value in order to compromise it. The UN is worthless,

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. -- Seneca