LulzSec Releases Massive Data Dump, Shuts Down Thousands of Australian Sites

Prankster hacker group LulzSec has steered its Lulz Boat and quest for mischief toward “down under,” breaking into Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT, and crippling access to thousands of websites, according to media reports.

The Register reports that the among the Australian data dump were details from Australian universities and government departments, including AusAID, the Victorian Department of Childhood and Early Education and several local councils in NSW and Victoria.

Distribute.IT said on its website the attack had been “very swift, precise and lasted only a short duration,” and aimed to destroy drive header files.

“The attackers clearly knew what they were looking for, and what damage they wanted to cause . . . We are still in the dark as to the true motives of the attackers, however, at this time we cannot afford to dwell on these matters,” the company said on its blog.

LulzSec also released 62,000 emails and passwords that may have been stolen from other recent hack attacks. The Los Angeles Times reports that various tweets from the hacker group indicate that accounts on Facebook, Amazon, Gmail, Yahoo and World of Warcraft appear to have compromised.

“And as always, LulzSec delivers . . . 62,000+ emails/passwords just for you. Enjoy.” LulzSec tweeted.

 

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