Oil Companies Hacked

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 06:07 PM gHale

Five top oil companies fallen into the sites of Anonymous, who published about 1,000 email addresses for accounts belonging to the firms, as well as hashed and unencrypted passwords.

The hacks, against Shell, Exxon, BP and Russian companies, Gazprom and Rosneft, were digital protests against drilling in the Arctic, which critics said is contributing to the melting of the ice caps there.

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“To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out the way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water. If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time,” Greenpeace said on its Save the Arctic web site.

The hackers used some of the stolen credentials to add signatures to Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” petition.

“We know we’re going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world,” the hackers wrote in a note accompanying the release of the credentials on Pastebin. “But together we have something stronger than any country’s military or any company’s budget. Our shared concern for the planet we leave our children transcends all the borders that divide us and makes us — together — the most powerful force today.”

The latest disclosure follows an earlier one in June where credentials for Exxon ended up released. The hackers noted at the time they obtained the credentials not through a vulnerability in Exxon’s network, “but just because of the mistake of their webmaster!”, suggesting an administrator misconfigured or mismanaged something related to the website.

The hackers noted in their post they are not associated with Greenpeace, they just support its cause.

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