LulzSec discloses 62,000 email and password combinations that it may have hacked
Hacker group LulzSec has published 62,000 emails and passwords that may have been pilfered from recent hack attacks.
LulzSec did not identify what the emails and passwords were meant to access but accounts on Facebook, Amazon, Gmail, Yahoo and World of Warcraft appear to have been hacked as a result of LulzSec's dump according to various posts on Twitter.
The file containing the list of emails and passwords posted on Mediafire.com has since been removed, according to the link on the website.
Various sites on the Internet have compiled databases to help users find out if their accounts are among those that have been disclosed by LulzSec, including one at Dazzlepod.com and another by Gizmodo.
Among the victims of LulzSec's disclosure was the mother of Bridget Reed Morawski.
"Mom got hacked by LulzSec. She's in those 62,000 email users," Morawski tweeted Thursday morning.
After friends of Morawski's mother let her mom know her MSN email account was sending emails reading along the lines of "Haha I'm in," Morawski checked a database that compiled the 62,000 released emails and passwords and found her mom's address in it.
"It was pretty much they were screwing with them and being braggy," Morawski said about the emails the hacker sent.
The hacker also deleted all of Morawski's mother's emails sent "up until 2009," she said.
Morawski's mother was not able to comment, Morawski said, as she was busy Thursday changing the passwords of all her Internet accounts and requesting new credit cards numbers just to be safe.
Though LulzSec has claimed over time on their Twitter account that they conduct their hackings for entertainment and to raise awareness about security holes, Morawski said she doesn't believe them.
"I think it's just a cover for them for if they ever get caught," she said. "I think that they're just jerks, to be honest."
LulzSec reposted the 62,000 emails and passwords Thursday afternoon and retweeted the posts of some of their followers on the social network who claimed to have used the combinations to access Amazon and Paypal accounts as well as mess with people’s relationships after accessing their Facebook accounts.
“Last time we did this, one of you hijacked the account of some dude who was secretly cheating on his partner. That's pure gold, nicely done.,” LulzSec tweeted.
-- Salvador Rodriguez
Image: A post on the LulzSec Twitter account announces the breach. Credit: Twitter