Russian cybercriminal forum hacked, user details exposed

Oh dear. How unfortunate.

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Oh dear. How unfortunate.

A Russian cybercrime forum appears to have suffered a data breach, spilling details of users.

Risk intelligence experts at Flashpoint say that the elite Russian-language cybercrime forum “Maza” – previously known as “Mazafaka” – has been hacked, exposing information about forum members including the following data:

  • User id
  • Username
  • email
  • Password (hashed and obfuscated)
  • Crt_filename
  • Crt_pass
  • Icq (when available)
  • Aim (when available)
  • Yahoo (when available)
  • Msn (when available)
  • Skype (when available)
I’ve obscured some of the information exposed by the screenshot above. The hackers weren’t so generous. Source: Flashpoint

Normally when an online forum suffers a data breach, its users have to be on their guard against attacks from cybercriminals and fraudsters who might try to exploit the leaked details.

That still applies here, of course. But I imagine users of the notorious Maza forum may also be concerned quite what law enforcement agencies will do with the information if it falls into their hands too…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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