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updated 5/8/2012 12:21:24 PM ET 2012-05-08T16:21:24

A hacking group called "Team GhostShell" is taking credit for infiltrating the websites of a Chinese technical university and a European foreign exchange market and stealing more than 150,000 names, email addresses and hashed passwords.

From the online educational website of China's Hangzhou Dianzi University, Team GhostShell stole what it said is more than 150,000 staff and student account information, including the mobile phone numbers of 234 IT staff, SC Magazine reported. The group said it attacked the technical university's online education site, which is currently offline, because "of the hilarious irony."

Team GhostShell also reportedly hacked FXTraders.eu, a Poland-based foreign exchange market (forex), from which it stole and published thousands of usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, private forum messages and the IP addresses of nearly 200 site administrators.

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The hacking group's new exploits follow its recent attack against the University of Arkansas. According to Softpedia, Team GhostShell, in mid-April, published tens of thousands of confidential and personal records stolen from Uarkcomstore.com, the university's computer store.

The group claimed it perpetrated the hack to protest the recent worldwide law enforcement stings targeting hackers. Those include the April 13 arrest of TriCk, leader of the 'Team Poison" hackers, who was brought to justice one day after launching a "phone bombing" attack on the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service. It is unclear why Team GhostShell chose the University of Arkansas computer store as a target.

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