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Hackers have uploaded a leaked database of emails from anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law onto P2P networks and websites. ACS:Law was among a handful of entertainment industry-affiliated organisations to endure denial of service attacks by the denizens of 4Chan last week. A loose-knit collective of members of the notorious message …

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Grenade

My I (possibly) be the first just to say...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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so it seems

Yes you may be the first to say anything on this matter

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re: so it seems

Except for everyone that commented on the story when it broke (and was covered elsewhere) on Friday

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Megaphone

What's with

the freetards and children here? I wish 4Chan children would stay on their forum and not bother the rest of the non-freetard world to doesn't mind paying for stuff.

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im sorry

All my witty side comments will come with full defining parameters in future!!

i no further expect people to except that i might just of been talking about the Reg :/

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And even more to laugh about

Looks like a £500K fine is heading their way :-) according to the Beeb.

as you said

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Payback

It's a real bitch,

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Happy

As the saying goes..

"Privacy International said on Monday that it plans to sue ACS:Law for violating the privacy of internet users over the security breach"

Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

Gotta love it!

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ICO - Toothless not even ruthless.

I wouldn't bother with the Information Commissioner's Office if I was them.

By their own admission the Information Commissioner's Office doesn't do anything other than help the offender not make the same mistake in the future.

They do not prosecute. Even if the law has been broken.

They are toothless and should be on the list of useless Government organisations to be scrapped.

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Damned right

Damned right.. I know for a fact that there a companies that have regular wrist-slaps from the ICO for breaking the law, and that's it. So, they just keep breaking the law..

The ICO either needs to act or it should be disbanded. At the moment it's just a waste of space.

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Terminator

I hear that anonymous is a pretty cool guy...

doxes copyright lawyers and doesn't afraid of anything.

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Judging by the lawsuits flying around...

...Anonymous might even get said copyright lawyers vanned.

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Now now Trevor!

Was that a hint of ironic glee I detected there?

Good stuff!

Still no "Ironic" icon, so have a beer...

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Privacy implications?

I have to wonder what privacy law says about leaking personal details of people who never wanted you to have them in the first place.

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what privacy laws?

Privacy law won't say anything as they don't exist in the UK, either on statutes or in common law. There's the Data Protection Act, which is fairly toothless, Article 8 of the ECHR (covering "protection of private life... and communication") but that would involve an action being taken against the State, so not really helpful, and then there is "breach of confidence" which might work against whoever had set up the website.

As for people not wanting their details to be there... it doesn't really matter what the people want - the details were there because ACS Law asked a Court to hand over the details and the ISPs didn't bother to fight.

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Ahem

It appears that this is now indeed, a 'big whoop' as Mr. Crossley originally indicated.

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Come on Reg.

For a website reporting on IT, why have you succumbed to the sensationalism that plagues the 'normal' press on these sorts of matters. There was no hacking of the website at all. All that was required to download the mail was a simple click of a link.

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Hacking

The hacking part was in trashing their server in the first place, requiring the subsequent restore from backups. Someone predicted that those doing the restore would be a bit panicked and might forget some precautions during their rush to restore service - and that prediction proved to be accurate.

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re "Come on Reg."

I think commentard is a pretty cool guy. Eh maeks comments, and doesn't understand of anything.

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In any case...

WTF is email doing on a webserver anyways?

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Paris Hilton

Not good for the alleged "file sharers"

Not good for those they poor 80 year-olds, who don't even know how to turn a computer on, who are "suspected" of downloading hardcore gay porn is it!

So I will mark them down for that, but they get top marks for getting hold of the idiot who runs the firms emails and for attracting the attention of privacy groups and hopefully the Information Commissioner!

Paris, 'cus even she aint this loose lipped!

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Interesting Read...

I know what im doing when i get home tonight, hope there is enough seeds....

Anon coz :-)

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ACS:Law official statement

"Big whoop. It was only down for a few hours. I have far more concern over the fact of my train turning up 10 minutes late or having to queue for a coffee than them wasting my time with this sort of rubbish." - Andrew Crossley, ACS: Law

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/22/acs_4chan/

I wonder how concerned he is over his coffee queue now.

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so..

Andrew Crossley was unavailable for comment due to a horrendously long queue at the coffee shop?

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Pirate

Oh Fantastic!

"Privacy International said on Monday that it plans to sue ACS:Law for violating the privacy of internet users over the security breach"

A fantastic twist to the tail (yes, deliberately used the "wrong" spelling).

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Headmaster

"wrong" spelling?

While a tale may have a twist in it, the proverbal and correct phrase (and spelling) is "a twist in the tail", so I don't really see what you're getting at?

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very wrong indeed

Obviously meant "britch" there, guv. Got to have yur clean security britches!

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Serious bother

It appears they also had forms with peoples credit card numbers on them as well, tut tut

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Hack?

What hack?

The site was flooded with a DDoS which is a nusiance designed to stop people from accessing the website normally, not a hacking attempt. What happened after that was human error on the side of the tech person/people running the website.

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hack, not crack

you're confusing the two, go check again...

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"... leaked after hack."

Just a quick question, but where was the actual "hack" involved? It seems that there was a DDoS attack (which hardly counts as hacking) and then the files were made available to everyone via the back-up version.

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CPanel backup

it's just complete user error. the information commissioner should bust their balls. this is not a hack they just posted all this info to their website.

I'm actually hosted with the same company, also on a shared server, though i guess it's the same for all cpanel.... the only reason for the full backup to be in public_html is if you're too lazy or stupid to move the backup folder from the home directory by FTP and just stick it in there to download via http.

i have done this myself in the past.

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I hope...

...every one blackmailed by them, who has been breached now sends them a letter.

Please pay £500 or face court over data protection breaches (and possibly libel if the user was never found to have commited an offence).

Teach the smug batards a lesson.

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Beautiful!

Previously on El Reg re the recent DDoS attack on ACS:Law:

'Andrew Crossley, the head of ACS:Law, told The Register the attack was "typical rubbish from pirates". "Big whoop," he added.' '"...I have far more concern over the fact of my train turning up 10 minutes late or having to queue for a coffee than them wasting my time with this sort of rubbish."'

To quote Nelson Muntz: "HA HA!"

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Boarded and raided

Now to make the scum walk the plank.

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RE: Boarded and Raided

Quote:

`Now to make the scum walk the plank.`

NO SIR,

Chain the scum to the deck and scuttle the ship!!!!!

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meh...

Why waste a perfectly good ship?

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Now now el reg lets get the facts right..

The emails were available publicly because acs law backed up to public_html.. not because the server was "hacked" as your title suggests.

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Pirate

Oh dear,

how sad, what a pity, never mind.

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4Chan vs ACS:Law 2: This Time Its Personal

Epic win :D

posting as Anon out of respect

down with the scumbags!

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I'm laughing my balls off.

not comment. just the title.

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Climategate

I think this hack victim will show the climate scientists what sort of prompt and effective legal action they should have taken when their E-mails were illegally accessed by hackers.

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lawl - Who are they going to sue?

n/t

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Happy

And another thing...

<Terry Thomas>

Hard luck old man

</Terry Thomas>

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Happy

I think you'll find that's

"Oh I say, hard cheese old man!"

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WTF?

Erm hacked?

No hacking involved, ACS:Law put the backup on their webserver, and then exposed the root directory to all visitors...

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WTF?

Maybe the big-mouthed lawyers partners will ...

convene a meeting to develope a new communications policy that circumvents provocative statements.

Guess this loser-lawyer failed the court hearing part of his course on how to induce juries and judges to buy his theory.

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Shouldn't it be named,

Operation: Playback

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not a hack in any way shape or form

Yes, it really has to be stated very loudly that the leak of these emails was nothing to do with any kind of hack in any instance, ACS:Law published a copy of their unencrypted backup file in a public area of a public server.

This is not a hack and has nothing to do with hacking or cracking in any way

ACS:Law published their archive

Many places this story is being told are having trouble keeping the dDOS (which is not a hack in any case) seperate from the leak of the emails

C'mon get it right, in any event, if these emails had been stolen from a 'secure' are of the site it still wouldn't be a hack, it would be a crack.

One day, someone somewhere in the media will understand these differences, though I'll not hold my breath

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Ah, how sweet.

"C'mon get it right, in any event, if these emails had been stolen from a 'secure' are of the site it still wouldn't be a hack, it would be a crack."

Meh, you coulda been a contender, up until that bit

Hack, crack, schmack. Get over it already. "DarkNerd" ? Snark. What is this 1982 ?

For the pedantic record though, the DDoS attack appears to have mostly been carried out by volunteers using a point and shoot DDoS toy with the rather racy and exciting monika "Low Orbit Ion Cannon" (LOIC), which amongst it's many features offers the user the ability to slave their running instance to a controlling IRC chan in order to become part of a voluntary botnet.

Amusingly, this is apparently known as "Hive mind mode", or some such. Gotta love those skiddies.

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