It’s time to change your passwords again

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A group of hackers – the same claiming responsibility for the recent World of Warcraft DDoS – now claims to be in possession of a couple of million accounts from a wide range of social media, gaming and other online services, including 2K games, PlayStation Network and Windows Live.

2,131 PSN ID 1,473 Windows Live and 2,000 2K Game Studio accounts have been dumped in to a public Pastebin, with the group saying they have many, many, many more to share.

“Dear Internet,” the Pastebin document says, “The following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crew’s glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet.”

“We have 800,000 from 2K and 500,000 credit card data. In all of our raids we have a total of around 7 million usernames and passwords,” an alleged spokesperson for the group says.  “We have around 2 million Comcast accounts, 620,000 Twitter accounts, 1.2 million credentials belonging to the CIA domain, 200,000 Windows Live accounts, 3 million Facebook, 1.7 million EA origins accounts, etc.”

Even if yours aren’t the publically available details, it’s probably in your best interests to go about changing all of your online passwords.  Again. Their goal, they claim, is to force companies to increase their online security, which in turn makes for better consumer service. While they had no intentions of leaking anything, they feel their hand has now been forced as people have failed to take them or their claims seriously in the past.

“You heard about Anonymous knocking the entire .Mil domain offline? Well that was us! You hear of RedHack launching DDoS attacks against Turkey’s government? That was us as well! You heard about LulzSec knocking gaming servers and websites offline? Well that was us too! And that was us who knocked Syria’s internet offline earlier this year. DerpTrolling really has many forms, most people only see the Gaming side of us! We can be very serious hackers.”

Last Updated: November 21, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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