Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Hackers recently published thousands of users' usernames and passwords from private BitTorrent tracker RevTT.
"RevTT is short for RevolutionTT, a private BitTorrent tracker that was founded around 6 years ago with a reputation for indexing a wide range of content," TorrentFreak reports. "It is unclear exactly how many users are on the site since its operators appear to hide stats from regular user view."
"A group simply calling themselves 'Afghanistan Hackers' uploaded a text file containing 19,000 username/password combinations for the exclusive torrent tracker," writes WebProNews' Zach Walton. "They encourage people to log in to private accounts, change the password, and enjoy the site for themselves."
"Hello World !!!," the hackers wrote. "From Civilized Afghan Socity, of course we do have stupid Talibans also but we do have very well educated people living in beautiful Kabul City ;-) RevolutionTT.Me (RevTT) Database Hacked by Afghanistan Hackers !!! Everyone, login to your favorite account, change the password and enjoy the site :-D"https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
"Immediately after news broke out, a lot of users started abusing the credentials, logging in to accounts to download content and to send out invites," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs.
"Site staff [was] less than helpful after the leak, banning anyone who posted about it in the site's forums," writes AfterDawn's Andre Yoskowitz. "As of now, the data seems to be somewhat old, (potentially a database backup), but users should change their passwords as soon as possible to avoid unwanted usage."