Team GhostShell Strikes Universities, Leaks 120,000 Records under Project WestWind

In a bid to get noticed, the group which is already known for its active role in Project HellFire, the hacktivist group has dumped thousands of records on pastebin related to both domestic as well as international universities. Leader of the group DeadMellox tweeted about the hack. “We have set out to raise awareness towards the changes made in today’s education, how new laws imposed by politicians affect us, our economy and overall, our way of life”, reads the pastebin post.

Some of the universities on the list whose data Team Ghostshell claims to have posted online are Harvard, the University of Michigan, John Hopkins, New York University, Princeton, Tokyo University and the University of Rome. The data includes usernames, passwords, addresses of students and professors, most of them in hashed format.

What is the Motivation behind the hack? Team GhostShell said that the reasons behind the hack are tuition fees, politics, heavy-handed teaching regulations and job uncertainty.

The team ended the message with a rather startling revelation. “When we got there, we found out that a lot of them have malware injected. No surprise there since some have credit card information stored”, the team noted.