Hacker group LulzSec said it broke into the website of InfraGard Atlanta, the local branch of the FBI’s civilian watchdog that works to fight terrorist threats, defaced it and leaked 180 usernames and passwords of members, CNET reports.
Visitors to InfragardAtlanta.org were last Friday met with a non-English language video and the message “Let it flow you stupid FBI battleships,” CNET said.
Passwords from what seemed to be federal agencies such as the FBI, FAA, USDA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were released online. LulzSec said the leaked logins were from agencies affiliated with the FBI in “some way.”
“Most of them reuse their passwords in other places, which is heavily frowned upon in the FIB/Infragard handbook and generally everywhere else too,” the group said in a statement obtained by CNET.
LulzSec said it hacked the website in retaliation of news that the Obama administration will classify cyber attacks as acts of war.
The hackers also released emails of an InfraGard member, Karim Hijazi, chief executive of Unveillance, who said the hackers had threatened to go public with his data if he did not provide information his firm collects from customers about breached computers and command-and-control servers used to neutralize botnets.
“In spite of these threats, I refused to pay off LulzSec or to supply them with access to this sensitive botnet information,” he said in a statement posted on the company’s website. “Had we agreed to provide this data to them, LulzSec would have been able to grow the size and scope of their DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack and fraud capabilities.”