Hacker claims to have broken into nearly 80 banks, provides evidence

By on June 19, 2012, 9:30 AM

A self-proclaimed grey hat hacker known as Reckz0r claims to have accessed nearly 80 large banks, collecting a massive amount of customer data in the process. To verify these claims, the hacker made a plain text file available on AnonFiles.com that contains roughly 1,700 user accounts, complete with names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

The file offered up as proof contains data from alleged customers in the US and other parts of the world. Credit card numbers were withheld from the data dump and the full collection of information hasn’t been released simply because there is too much of it. Reckz0r noted that the full data dump containing Mastercard and VISA accounts is around 50GB or larger.

In a Pastebin post last week, Reckz0r is self-described as a former member of Anonymous and UGNazi as well as the creator of SpexSecurity. The author notes that they were doing these things for nothing and will move forward using their intelligence for good as a white hat hacker.

Members of the hacking community generally fall into one of three categories. White hat, or ethical hackers, use their skills for non-malicious purposes such as testing the security of a network for a business. A black hat hacker is traditionally described as the stereotypical hacker that is out for personal gain or to cause malice. Those falling somewhere in the middle are known as grey hat hackers.




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John Senchak John Senchak said:

Nice a black-hat hacker with a morals, I don't this person claims of coveting to the right side

ElShotte ElShotte said:

Wow, they're gonna make money. I wonder how much the banks will be willing to pay them for a contract to fix those holes.

Ma_ga said:

Nice a black-hat hacker with a morals, I don't this person claims of coveting to the right side

Wow, they're gonna make money. I wonder how much the banks will be willing to pay them for a contract to fix those holes.

He doesn't need to fix them, just point the finger at the holes.

Tygerstrike said:

LMFAO!!! The problem is when a person like this removes their finger from the hole, money falls out........

Guest said:

A member UGNazi? This doesn't sound like a white hat to me.....

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Maybe if these companies get charged a 100,000 dollars per customer, and all of a sudden have to pay 500 million in fines, that their computer security will magically increase. Yeah, they may have to hire better trained people and pay them more, but that's still cheaper than another 500 million fine.

gibbstar gibbstar said:

Maybe if these companies get charged a 100,000 dollars per customer, and all of a sudden have to pay 500 million in fines, that their computer security will magically increase. Yeah, they may have to hire better trained people and pay them more, but that's still cheaper than another 500 million fine.

completely agree! it is very sad how major companies (especially ones watching over our money!) still put digital security on the back burner

Renrew Renrew said:

Raise your hand if you smell a "Red Herring".

treetops treetops said:

wow 50 gigs of text

Guest said:

lol was I was thinking the same thing. 50 gigs for text is pretty lol and sounds like more than 1.7k accounts worth of info.

Zeromus said:

That's a lot of uncompressed whitespace. He must have never heard of compression Lulz

SeymourG SeymourG said:

Raise your hand if you smell a "Red Herring".

*raises hand*

Guest said:

A hacker named ''Reckz0r'' cannot be taken seriously.

Guest said:

Of course they can.

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