Philips Hit for Second Time in Month

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 @ 10:09 AM gHale


For the second time in a month, electronics giant Philips suffered a hack attack with its databases falling victim.

Usernames and encrypted passwords ended up leaked after the breach. It is not clear yet whether email addresses or the actual contents of corporate emails were included in the records dumped from the company’s SQL databases.

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Philips said the information leaked is neither new nor sensitive. The lifted data was uploaded to various file hosting sites by hacktivists, who used blogs (since taken down by Google’s Blogspot service) and social networks, using the hashtag labels “AntiSec” and “LulzSecReborn” to spread the word.

“All together there is [sic] well over 200,000 emails with at least 1,000 of them have further vital credentials that could allow others to use the users’ personal information,” according to a website run by hacktivism network Anonymous. The site reports that Anon-affiliated hackers in Sweden announced the raid.

The latest attack follows a smaller leak of a few thousand records from Philips by r00tbeersec, another hacktivist crew, about a week ago.

Like the most recent Sony breach, it seems the motives of both hacks appear to stem from a desire to expose the security shortcomings of large firms.

Philips said both the incidents of hacktivist attacks last month relate to a breach on some of Philips’ Internet micro-sites, small websites used for campaigns and marketing promotions, dating back to February.



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