Philips databases pillaged and leaked SECOND time in a month

Anonymous piles into electronics giant


Updated Electronics giant Philips has been hacked for the second time in a month and its databases raided.

Usernames and encrypted passwords were leaked after the breach. It is not clear at this moment whether email addresses or the actual contents of corporate emails were included in the records dumped from the company's SQL databases. Philips contacted The Reg to deny that the information leaked is either new or sensitive. The lifted data was uploaded to various file hosting sites by hacktivists, who used blogs (since taken down by Google's Blogspot service) and social networks, using the hashtag labels "AntiSec" and "LulzSecReborn" to spread the word.

"All together there is [sic] well over 200,000 emails with at least 1,000 of them have further vital credentials that could allow others to use the users' personal information," according to a website run by hacktivism network Anonymous. The site reports that Anon-affiliated hackers in Sweden announced the raid.

The latest attack follows a smaller leak of a few thousand records from Philips by r00tbeersec, another hacktivist crew, about a week ago.

The motives of both hacks appear to stem from a desire to expose the security shortcomings of large firms. Philips said that both the supposed incidents of hacktivist attacks last month relate to a breach on some of Philips’ internet micro-sites, small websites used for campaigns and marketing promotions, dating back to February. ®


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