A group of hackers calling themselves 'Lulz Security' managed to gain access to a server belonging to Fox Broadcasting and subsequently published employees' usernames and passwords on the web.
The hackers who managed to penetrate the servers of the fascistic propaganda network, also claimed responsibility for a recent hack that nabbed the personal information of 250,000 US X Factor wannabes.
'Lulz Security' posted the following missive promising that there was more to come:
We don't like you very much. As such, we cordially invite you to kiss our hand-crafted crescent fresh asses.
Remember that time we leaked all your X-Factor contestants? [link to Pirate Bay]
Well now we're leaking some more of your junk. We invite the Internet to ravage the following list of emails and passwords (from a database within Fox.com) - Facebook, MySpace, PayPal, whatever you can get your hands on. Take from them everything. Remember to proxy up, or tunnel like a pro!
Follow us on twitter; we're owning more things next week. Kisses!
All the best,
LulzSec has a Twitter feed on which it claims to have nothing to do with Anonymous, just in case you were wondering:
"Must say again: we're not AnonOps, Anonymous, a splinter group of Anonymous, or even an affiliate of Anonymous. We are #LulzSec :D," said a missive which may or may not be straight up.
Just to muddy the waters a bit more they wrote: "Did you trust Fox, did you trust Sony? Do you trust Microsoft, Google or Facebook? Don't think of these companies as special - all the same."
The hackers briefly took control of a Fox twit named @FOXUPTV, posting a choice selection of stuff. Here's one we enjoyed:
A red-faced Foxer popped up some time later with: "We apologize for recent messages made on this Twitter. The account was compromised, but in FOX UP hands again."
Insecurity outfit Sophos outlines the hack here (opens in new tab). Its spokesbloke Graham Cluley, notes: "This hack's impact underlines the importance of using different passwords on every website that you access, and making sure that your passwords are not dictionary words or easy to crack or guess."
The firm reckons about a third of computer users are using the same password for every website they access.