November 30, 2011
Hackers Publish Emails From U.N. Members
Hackers have posted over 100 email addresses and login details that they stole from members of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The group known as "Teampoison" attacked the U.N.'s behavior and called it a "fraud." The details were posted on the website Pastebin under the Teampoison logo.
A spokeswoman for the UNDP confirmed the attack to the BBC and said that the agency believed "an old server which contains old data" had been targeted.
"The UNDP found [the] compromised server and took it offline," spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh said in a statement. "The server goes back to 2007. There are no active passwords listed for those accounts. Please note that UNDP.org was not compromised."
The message attached to the leaked information accused the U.N. of acting to "facilitate the introduction of a New World Order" and asked "United Nations, why didn't you expect us?"
The email addresses given end in UNDP.org appear to belong to members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
"The question now is how? We will let the so called 'security experts' over at the UN figure that out... Have a Nice Day," the group said in its message.
Sophos, a security company, said that the hackers had previously attacked Research In Motion's website and published private information about former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"Teampoison recently announced they were joining forces with Anonymous on a new initiative dubbed 'Operation Robin Hood', targeting banks and financial institutions," the firm's senior technology consultant, Graham Cluley wrote on Sophos's blog.
The group said during the attack that their operation aimed to take money from credit cards and donate it to individuals and charities.
On the Net:
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Office for National Statistics (ONS)