Sat, Jun 18, 2011 | 17:05 BST
LulzSec publishes file containing PayPal, XBL, and Facebook account information
LulzSec published a filed yesterday which supposedly contained login and password information for users of Facebook, PayPal, Twitter, “dating sites,” and Xbox Live.
CBC reports that approximately 62,000 accounts were compromised, with most stemming from the United states, although many other countries are listed on the report.
LulzSec has the information posted on its website, and the report states that some Twitter users have claimed to have used this information for purposes ranging from the nefarious, to borderline gags.
The hacker group posted the file with the pertinent information of the 62,000 users on file sharing sites, which quickly removed the information, but not before it was downloaded “thousands of times,” according to LulzSec.
Microsoft has responded to the situation, stating to Joystiq that Xbox Live was not compromised to the best of it’s knowledge. The firm said that logins and passwords were “released at random.”
“This group appears to have posted a list of thousands of potential email addresses and passwords, and encouraged users to try them across various online sites like Xbox Live in the event one of the users happens to use the same password and email address combination,” said Microsoft. “At this time we do not have any evidence Xbox Live has been compromised. However we take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats.”
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