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Lulzsec Releases 62,000 Passwords & Emails

Bad boys group Lulzsec have put the email addresses and passwords of more than 62,000 people on the web after its supporters replied positively to their request to "post stuff about Boxxy".

Lulzsec initially promised, according to its Twitter account, to give them details of 50,000 users but the list ended up being significantly bigger than that when it was put in the public domain less than an hour later.

The plain text document file - named Lulzsec Delivers.txt - has been uploaded to file-sharing website Mediafire and has already been removed by the site because it violated the T&C; nearly four thousand people have downloaded the file, not all with the best of intentions no doubt.

It is not known where Lulzsec got hold of the data, but it is likely that it is a tiny fraction of the huge database it amassed following the hacks of a number of high profile websites like Sony and the CIA.

The email addresses come from a number of email hosts including the likes of Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo which have then been used to gain access to email accounts, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace as well as dating websites' accounts as well.

What Lulzsec's motivation for this seemingly random attack that could wreck the lives of dozens of innocent individuals is - no one really knows.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.