The UN hacked, details of over 1,000 accounts released

By Lee Kaelin on November 30, 2011, 10:30 AM

The United Nations has found itself the victim of an intrusion by known hacker group Teampoison, after they gained access to at least one of the international peacekeeping organization's servers, stealing over 1,000 email addresses, usernames and passwords in the process.

Teampoison published all of the stolen credentials on Pastebin, along with messages explaining the reasoning behind the attack: "A Senate for Global Corruption, the United Nations sits to facilitate the introduction of a New World Order and a One World Government as outlined by Brock Chisolm the former Director of UNWHO."

This was in reference to a previous statement made by Brock Chisolm, where he claimed that to achieve a One World Government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification. 

"How far you have come from the first address by Thomas Jefferson where 'peace, commerce and honest friendship' were the modis operandi to one today where talk of 'eliminating 350,000 people a day' as outlined by Jacques Cousteau is a academic consideration," said Teampoison in a written statement.

The user credentials appear to be mainly those of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), but others including the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) were also in the hackers' published data.

Ironically, despite the need for tightened security due to the spate of online attacks this year, the UN was not enforcing a minimum password character account. They also had the credentials unencrypted on the server and even more alarmingly, some of those listed were not even using passwords to secure their accounts.

Sausan Ghosheh, a representative for the UNDP said in a statement that the hackers had targeted an old server. "The server goes back to 2007. There are no active passwords listed for those accounts. Please note that was not compromised."

According to the Inquirer, in a follow up tweet in response to the UNDP's statement, Teampoison commented, "ima let the #UnitedNations think they theyve took the hacked server down lmfao." The group is rumoured to have joined forces with Anonymous targeting banks and financial institutions as part of Operation Robin Hood. 

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Tomorrow_Rains said:

This is the part where the UN issues a computer contingency plan to watch everything we are doing online. There goes our privacy, "ring ring, this is your isp you're watching porn the cops are on their way"

And then we can all go to the streets wearing our guy fawkes masks.

ramonsterns said:

F***ing Windows 98!

Holyscrap said:

And then we can all go to the streets wearing our guy fawkes masks.

Finally! Mine has been gathering dust for quite a while.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

The world is full of people that can burn a CD, create a webpage and copy documents.

These same people don't know JACK about computers.

These are the people running the world.

Karma's a pain ain't it?

Guest said:

It is a difficult thing on how to (perhaps mostly morally) interpret this action. I am certainly unhappy with the vast reach and control of certain governments and particularly the corporations that are being increasing shown to essentially run them; Their methods often involve extortion, bribery and a litany of sociopath-like behaviors. On the other hand, one must be concerned with hackers abilities to potentially compromise national security and put in jeopardy the overall freedom and health of the people. Perhaps an enlightened type of wisdom is required in order to tell the difference.

As with any group of individuals that hold great powers, those can be used for positive or negative purposes, however, Dr. Phil often claims, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior and if that is to be believed then I would have to say I am less concerned with the actions of this hacker group than with the UN itself.

Mindwraith said:

"ima let the #UnitedNations think they theyve took the hacked server down lmfao."

oh my god, these are the people creating a new world order? we're doomed.....

GSystems said:

Can we stop acting like computers (and moreso, networks) came out of nowhere and there's no one who understands how these machines work but "hackers"?

The UN was "hacked" because it wanted to be... Make sense? If they can hire some of the best and brightest financial analysts (ever heard of a sudden surplus in their funding because of an accounting error?), secretaries (ever heard of a meeting that was scheduled yet individuals did not show up?), plumbers, security guards...they can hire some of the best and brightest security experts (young and old, intuitive and methodical.

These little scares have yet to amount to anything, and the end-game is a take over of the internet. It is truly that simple in my eyes...

Guest said:

more power to teampoisen

Peacekeeping? THATS A LAUGH

the UN is the POLAR OPPOSITE of Peacekeeping

all they want to do is remove our individuality so we cant stand up for ourselves

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