Hackers infiltrated the servers of controversial Chinese hardware manufacturer Foxconn and made off with staff email usernames and passwords, as well as login credentials for the company's intranet that could allow outside parties to make fraudulent orders.
The Swagg Security (SwaggSec) hacking group announced its high-profile theft in a Pastebin post last night (Feb. 8). Surprisingly, aside from a short introduction about Foxconn's dubious treatment of its employees, and a reference to workers "committing suicide 'n stuff," SwaggSec said Foxconn's widely publicized, "inhuman" working conditions were not the impetus for the hack.
"Now as a first impression Swagg Security would rather not deceive the public of our intentions," the group explained. "Although we are considerably disappointed of the conditions of Foxconn, we are not hacking a corporation for such a reason and although we are slightly interested in the existence of an iPhone 5, we are not hacking for this reason."
Located in Shenzhen, China, Foxconn manufactures hardware for Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Sony, IBM, Nokia, Panasonic, Motorola and others. It's Apple's contract with Foxconn that has drawn the most scrutiny; several recent news reports have exposed the company's reportedly horrific working conditions — by Western standards, at least — causing some socially conscious Americans to consider whether or not it is ethical to own an iPhone.
The true motivation for SwaggSec's hack, however, is not mired in that controversy. In a word, the group hacked for humor. That, and, of course, the desire for people to seek out their own identity, follow their own philosophies and rebel against societal conventions and a "government that actively seeks to maintain power and quell threats to their ventures." But mostly, they admitted, it's for a laugh.
"We hack for the cyberspace who share a few common viewpoints and philosophies. We enjoy exposing governments and corporations, but the more prominent reason, is the hilarity that ensues when compromising and destroying an infrastructure," the group wrote.
Foxconn appears to be responding to the incident; according to a Twitter post this morning from SwaggSec, the company shut down the compromised services.foxconn.com.
"Seems like Foxconn admins are angry, services.foxconn.com was taken down by them," SwaggSec tweeted. "Guess you guys made one too many orders."
SwaggSec's hack — part hacktivism, part humor — is not to be confused with the work of SwagSec, a New York-based group whose major headline-drawing hack last July saw the group defacing the website of Amy Winehouse.