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Thousands of Australian websites are vulnerable to being taken over by hackers following a break-in at Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT, security experts say.
It comes as the hacker group LulzSec followed up yesterday's attack on the CIA's website by today releasing 62,000 email addresses and passwords. A number of the leaked login details related to .com.au addresses and several government departments and councils.
Complaints have already begun pouring in from affected businesses who are suffering as a result of the break-in.
'Killed my business'
"This new outage has probably killed my business, with over 40 of my clients running a special promotion on the web this weekend that is going to be a total bomb, wrote a user on the Whirlpool forums
Distribute.IT was hacked on Saturday in a "deliberate, premeditate and targeted attack", the company said. Almost an entire week has elapsed since then and the company has still been unable to get its website online, explain what happened or notify customers of any stolen data.
Bethesda internal data
Uploaded 06-13 21:13, Size 15.04 MiB, ULed by LulzSec 106 4
Uploaded 06-06 17:34, Size 59.52 MiB, ULed by LulzSec 64 4
(swear removed by poster) FBI Fridayâ„¢ (FFF)
Uploaded 06-05 17:14, Size 711.92 MiB, ULed by LulzSec 106 13
Uploaded 06-02 22:24, Size 4.66 MiB, ULed by LulzSec 179 2
X Factor Leaked Contestants Database
Uploaded 05-07 03:19, Size 32.58 MiB, ULed by LulzSec
When the hacker initially broke in, it defaced Distribute.IT's website with the message "OWNED BY EVIL AT EFNET YOU MOTHER f****ers". Evil is the same hacker who recently broke into the University of Sydney's website. In that instance Evil admitted to hacking into the university from Brazil for money.