Anonymous Goes Green, Hacks Major Oil Companies

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Supporting a green cause, saving the Arctic (#OpSaveTheArctic), Anonymous has also gone after Russia based companies Gazprom Corporation and Rosneft Petroleum Corp. and posted the login credentials of nearly 1000 employees on the web.

The dump includes 317 emails and unsalted MD5 hash passwords belonging to Exxon mobil; 724 other email credentials and hashed password from BP, Gazprom and Rosneft and 26 set of email addresses with clear text passwords from Shell. NovaInfoSeco.com has further detailing of the type of data that has been gained by Anonymous through different hacks on these companies.

The information that has been posted online is encrypted but, Anonymous hopes that like minded individuals will be able to crack the encryption and obtain the credentials.

The hacker behind the hack, @le4ky has explained the reason behind the hack. The hacker states “The energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice. They want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 billion barrels of oil. That’s a lot of money to them, but it’s only three years’ worth of oil to the world.”

“We’ve seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters — we cannot let this happen in the Arctic.” The hacker further added.

The hacker has confirmed that Anonymous is behind the hack and is not affiliated with Greenpeace in any shape or form. The hacker added “they [Anonymous] were just supporting their [Greenpeace] cause”.

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