It feels like there's a battleground taking place online at the moment, with some groups fighting to maintain anonymity, some groups fighting for better security and some groups just trying to watch it all burn. Well, one group actually fits into the category of fighting for better security by watching part of the world burn.
CNET is reporting that a group called DerpTrolling has gained access to thousands of user accounts across the PlayStation Network, Windows Live and 2K Games. The group has released a pastebin to the public, as noted (with an accompanying image) by TechRaptor.
The a pastebin states...
"Dear Internet,"... "The following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crew's glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet."
This isn't just for kicks and giggles, the group is doing this in hopes of getting these companies to elevate their security measures against other groups gaining access to user data (which happened last year when 40,000 accounts under an Electronic Arts subsidiary were compromised, but gaming media refused to report on it because they didn't want to ruin a relationship with the PR at EA).
DerpTrolling also wants companies to increase their server infrastructure security to better withstand DDoS attacks. Some of these attacks were explained by Xsolla, where they rolled out details on how DDoS attacks occur and what they do to a company's servers.
According to DerpTrolling, the idea isn't to cause harm but to help companies improve their consumer protection measures. They also want companies to take them serious stating...
"We have 800,000 from 2K and 500,000 credit card data. In all of our raids we have a total of around 7 million usernames and passwords," .... "We have around 2 million Comcast accounts, 620,000 Twitter accounts, 1.2 million credentials belonging to the CIA domain, 200,000 Windows Live accounts, 3 million Facebook, 1.7 million EA origins accounts, etc."
It's an interesting time when consumers can expect more advocacy and protection from anarchical hacking groups more than they can from the propaganda-driven media outlets. That's not to say that all hacking groups are pro-consumer. It was just back in August that the LizardSquad allegedly took down PSN, Battle.net and Xbox Live.
CNET is reporting that Microsoft, 2K and Sony have yet to offer comments on the issue, even though this is a pretty serious issue.
Nevertheless, DerpTrolling took the opportunity to give themselves a bit of a pat on the back for their previous exploits, extolling their history of hacking with the following comments...
“You heard about Anonymous knocking the entire .Mil domain offline? Well that was us! You hear of RedHack launching DDoS attacks against Turkey's government? That was us as well! You heard about LulzSec knocking gaming servers and websites offline? Well that was us too! And that was us who knocked Syria's internet offline earlier this year. DerpTrolling really has many forms, most people only see the Gaming side of us! We can be very serious hackers."
I guess it's safe to say...
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...this isn't even DerpTrolling's final form.