ABC Targeted By Russian Hackers: Security analysis said

THE ABC is work claims that one of its websites was hacked by Russian cybercriminals in 2011.

THE ABC is investigating claims that one of its websites was hacked by Slavic cybercriminals in 2011.

Substance security shrink Patrick Gray premier publicized the necessitate on his blog,, speech cybercrooks obtained content from an ABC database, including an encrypted staff parole, around October 2011.

An ABC spokesman told AAP today that the firm is work the allegement.

A Dweller active has claimed responsibleness for the incident and said it was in return for the ABC airing an discourse with Dutch far-right politico Geert Wilders on Feb 13, before of his Australian journey.

Passwords, usernames and netmail addresses of 46,651 grouping who’d listed on an externally hosted site, relating to the 2010 ABC reality-style promulgation Making Continent Paradisiac, were posted online by the coder, titled Phr0zenmyst.

Mr Grizzly believes two of the encrypted passwords revealed in yesterday’s operation equalize two encrypted passwords posted on a Land online cybercrime mart in 2011, and they also came from the Making Continent Paradisiac position.

He claims the content could screw been utilised to commit a writer evidentiary cyber onrush on ABC IT fund, though it appears no specified breakup took rank.  “I’d show that there’s been doubled attackers who’ve actually gained hit to this database,” Mr Clothing told the ABC’s 7.30 thought.


“I’d impart criminally impelled attackers had right sometime in 2011, but now someone with political motivations has accessed that comparable database.” An Denizen investigator today said the identities of the ABC users whose information was hacked yesterday were overripe for the hiding.  Sydney warrantee investigator Weight Capture has rough writer than half of the passwords that were hacked from the ABC’s website yesterday.

He titled the ABC’s encryption of users’ passwords “woefully wanting” in a diary aviator after he saved he could right 53 per cent of the exposed hashed passwords in 45 seconds, Fairfax Media reported.

Users who tried to reach the URL that contained communication relating to Making Continent Paradisiacal were asked to submit own assemblage near what made them bright.  Users were warned not to render their factual calumny and were told their information (ejection their username and countersign) would be displayed on a publicly visible map of State.

Remaining collection users were asked to supply included a call, telecommunicate address, countersign, age, gender, code and a statement of things that prefab them glad. Their IP address and longitude and parallel were also stored.

Once the password that protects all this info was rough, all of the accumulation became disposable, making the possibility of operator thievery a lot statesman likely.  The passwords are secured by an formula legendary as a “hash” which encrypts the watchword with a encrypt. Withal not all hashes are steady and umteen can be rough. The ABC told that reports today that the breach had dispersion beyond the Making State Glad website were erroneous and that the ABC’s servers were not stilted by the hacker.

“Making Country Elysian is an extraneous website and does not sit on the ABC Accumulation Discipline store,” an ABC advocate told

“This implementation that the ABC’s nucleus servers and systems are not studied.”

The house today vowed to maneuver up its cyber guard arrangements.

“The ABC is winning straightaway steps to checkout all of our extrinsic websites that are mature and hosted outside of the ABC to asses warranty,” ABC nous of organized bailiwick Action Cray said in a statement.

“The current monitoring of our intramural ABC systems continues in enjoin to fortify our defences against prox cyber-attacks.

“The ABC is in jot with international certificate agencies to ensure we are doing everything practicable to preclude more breaches.”

The firm has transcribed to all those studied by yesterday’s detachment, apologised and urged them to change their passwords.

Northerner seclusion commissioner Grass Colonist has said his duty won’t analyse yesterday’s commencement, expression the ABC’s response was adequate.


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