The Pirate Bay has been compromised by an Argentinean hacker who made off with usernames, email and internet addresses of more than four million people signed up to the BitTorrent tracker site.
KrebsOnSecurity.com reported yesterday that Ch Russo broke into TPB’s system and grabbed the info from the notorious website, which might amuse some pro-copyright groups.
Russo had considered selling the private data, but in the end decided to go public about TPB’s shaky security credentials. He accessed the information via the site’s user database by exploiting its weakness to SQL injections.
"We wanted to tell people that their information may not be so well protected," Russo said.
Meanwhile, it may be a coincidence, but The Pirate Bay is currently out of action and carrying the following message:
“Upgrading some stuff, database is in use for backups, soon back again.. Btw, it's nice weather outside I think.”
Closing some holes in the system are you, boys? ®