23,000 passwords stolen in Star Wars Galaxies fan site hack
A small force has managed to infiltrate a Star War Galaxies fan site – smuggling and publishing 21,000 email addresses and 23,000 gamer passwords.
Rebellious hacking group ObSec claim the attack on the fan-run website, which is unofficially linked to LucasArts and Sony’s popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, which ends its Saga on December 15th, after a lengthy 8 year run.
A spokesperson for LFNetwork.com, the LucasArts Fan Network, reportedly has said that the SWGalaxies website is no longer maintained by moderators and Identity Finder, a data protection agency tells a gaming website “It’s unfortunate. It must be so frustrating for someone to see their passwords online, given the amount of online sign-ups we have to do. Passwords are a digital identity and password reuse is a serious problem that could lead toward identity fraud.”
Users of the SWGalaxies site are generally between the ages of 18-35 years old, and IF suggests that many of the passwords used were ‘weak’.
“Passwords are a digital identity and password reuse is a serious problem that could lead toward identity fraud.” – adds Todd Feinman, Chief Exec of IF.
The hackers, ObSec, are believed to be supporters of movements such as high profile hit-sters, LulzSec and Anonymous. It seems that ObSec are locking targets on equally big bounties.