More than 62,000 people are on high alert for fraud and identity theft as a result of the latest shot from the LulzSec hackers' cannon.
Already infamous for taking down the CIA website and hacking Senate.gov this week, among other exploits, LulzSec yesterday (June 16) posted about 62,000 email addresses and passwords, at least 12,000 of which belong to members of Writerspace.com, an online forum for readers and writers of mystery and romance novels.
Other email addresses, Computerworld reported, belong to employees at the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
A cursory glance at the full list, which LulzSec posted on its own website after the file-sharing site MediaFire took the initial list down, shows email addresses ending in Illinois.gov, state.tx.us, state.tn.us and Hawaii.gov.
Not surprisingly, reports of fraud resulting from the leaked info are already rolling in.
LulzSec's Twitter page is full of posts from people who say they have exploited the passwords and email addresses.
"Ordered a large pack of condoms for an elderly woman on Amazon," reads a post from RDisher.
"TheDancingMilk" thanked LulzSec for the leak, writing, "Got an Xbox Live, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube THE WHOLE LOT! J-J-J-J-J-J-JACKPOT."
And "Murraaayyy" wrote, "Cheers for the paypal account with £250 in it! ;)."
The full list of leaked email addresses and passwords can be seen here.