Five multinational oil industry companies (including Shell Exxon and BP) were hacked by the same anonymous movement that hacked Yahoo last week. 1,000 + email credentials belonging to these companies were displayed online. These are the same hackers that took information from Billabong, Nvidia and formspring.
Each of these mega oil companies (including Russian oil firms Gazprom and Rosneft) have been accused of melting the Arctic ice caps. 315 of their emails and MD5 hashed passwords from June and 724 emails and passwords were displayed on the site. Another 26 clear text passwords were loaded yesterday.
The majority of the uploaded data from the hackers is encrypted. The hackers want volunteers and hobbyists to do some of the code cracking and provide passwords for the mail addresses.
Reportedly, the website management was poor, making it easy for the hackers to grab the information from the shell domains and other subdomains. These hacks are less of a malicious attack on these companies, but instead a sign on how “data trails” can lead to issues when there are weak points in chain information, and when that chain information is accessible to the wrong people.
These are just the latest in attacks on major companies. Just a few days ago, Yahoo was attacked, costing the company hundreds of thousands of passwords that were delivered online. LinkedIn was also attacked not too long ago.
These attacks raise awareness for cyber security issues in a world that is increasingly less secure over time. Even the Pentagon is starting to invest heavily in developing techniques to prepare for next generation warfare that might involve as many computer geeks as actual soldiers. It looks like we’re headed to a brave new world.