Australian Institute of Business Brokers denies Anonymous password breach

The Australian Institute of Business Brokers (AIBB) has denied reports that encrypted passwords belonging to 250 of its members were posted online. Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for posting the passwords.

An AIBB spokesperson told Computerworld Australia that all the group had posted was 250 names of its business brokers and that the password information included alongside the names was incorrect. The spokesperson added that the business brokers’ names are publicly available.

According to an Anonymous Legion blog entry, the group targeted the AIBB website on 8 August and the data, which was uploaded to Pastebin, included password hashes and usernames from the AIBB’s databases.

A Twitter account associated with Australian Anonymous supporters tweeted that the Australian Institute of Business Brokers had been hacked and posted a link to a Cyber War News notification.

Anonymous has been attacking Australian government and business websites in response to the federal government’s proposed two year data retention laws which are currently under discussion by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).

Internet service provider AAPT had one of its servers compromised and 40GB of its data, which included customer information, was leaked online on 30 July. The Federal Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, is currently investigating the breach to ascertain if the company’s practices were consistent with the Privacy Act at the time of the incident.

At least 10 Queensland Government websites were taken offline during July by hackers claiming to be associated with Anonymous.

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