The hacktivist group known as Swagg Security claims to have infiltrated the networks of Warner Bros. and China Telecom, and stolen hundreds of confidential administrative credentials and internal documents from both organizations.
The Swagg Security Hackers (also known as SwaggSec) issued a statement yesterday (June 3) on Pastebin outlining the impetus for both attacks, which they bundled together as one leaked file on The Pirate Bay.
SwaggSec claims it stole and leaked the more than 900 China Telecom administrators' credentials, obtained through an insecure SQL server, as a means of empowering the Chinese people against their government. "We give 'em the taste of the people, the people they don' care about," the hackers wrote. "And it's funny, now what's going to happen? All their passwords in the hands of the people they don't care about?"
The hacktivists also came down hard against Warner Bros., criticizing the massive entertainment company's "ignorance" in securing its computer servers. "We hacked Warner Bros too," the hackers said. "Not just some lil' webserver, we hack the whole intranet. We see how they work and all."
In penetrating Warner Bros.' servers, SwaggSec came across a report titled "Content Security Status Update," an evaluation of the company's websites, including those with the most security vulnerabilities, Computerworld reported.
"Funny thing, is that Warner Bros' IT knew about the hacks, according to their data and did nothing," the group said.
Neither company has issued a statement about SwaggSec's leaked documents.
SwaggSec first made headlines in February, when it penetrated the servers of Chinese hardware manufacturer Foxconn and stole staff email usernames and passwords. Although that incident occurred amid worldwide interest in what were widely derided as inhumane working conditions at Foxconn, SwaggSec said it wasn't interested in making a political statement, but rather simply concerned in hacking for the fun of it.
SwaggSec said it was going to include "a much larger leak" of Warner Bros. internal data, but decided against it, writing, "There are plenty of other ignorant companies to own."