Maybe we should just stop using the internet altogether.
Germany is reeling next following the widespread dissemination of hacked data belonging to fames and prominent political chassis including chancellor Angela Merkel. The stolen personal information, which was spread via Twitter and other on-line service, includes photos, chat enters, cellphone numbers, home addresses, emails, family members’ refers, and more.
According to the New York Times , the nearly 1,000 people affected seem to have largely one thing in common: past denunciation of the country’s far right.
Notably, this leak doesn’t look to be the result of one single, grandiose breach. Instead, notes Bloomberg, at first glance it seems the attacker or intruders applied social engineering or maybe phishing techniques to gain access to social media details.
Importantly, all the data was not dumped the coming week. Instead, it was slowly secreted over the course of the past month. The liberation only gained widespread attention on Jan. 3, however, after the Twitter account of a popular YouTuber was spoofed in an effort to promote information materials.
Security researcher Luca Hammer wrote that two Twitter accounts, both now banned, circulated the plagiarized cloth. A website promoting the data drop was too taken down, but, of course, by that phase the information was already out in the world.
What I know and ponder about #hackerangriff at the moment.
– Two Twitter accounts @_0rbit and @_0rbiter were used to distribute the material.
– It took Twitter way too long to take them down. Google was faster in making down the blog that was used. https :// t.co/ U8ghfFbA3b/ 1
— Luca Hammer (@ luca) January 4, 2019
This data leak has so much data squirrelled away to avoid take down. It must have required many man hours of uploading.
– 70 reflects of the download links
– 40 d/ liter joins, each with 3-5 mirrors
– 161 reflects of data files
Plus the tweets, blog posts, reflects of reflect links.
— the grugq (@ thegrugq) January 4, 2019
The personal mood of the leaked info has led hackers and security researchers to speculate that the dump was “meant to embarrass.”
Ok, #BTleaks is a huge mess, 3000+ hyperlinks from sustained cyber stalker activities on German legislators, it includes Facebook dumps, Dropbox records, identity cards& other data. Some of the data includes nude or jeopardizing photos, this is an attack meant to embarrass.
— Hacker Fantastic (@ hackerfantastic) January 4, 2019
Germany’s BSI national cyber defense team, Reuters reports, filled early Jan. 4 to arrange a response. The government has yet to publicly part a thumb at any specific actor, and as of now it’s not clear who is behind the attack.
For those of you who have yet to have your online reports spoofed and the contents dumped, perhaps take this as the chance to do some digital housekeeping — because you never know when an uninvited client might show up.
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