A Russian hacking group claimed responsibility for a recent attack on technology news site CNET. The group claimed that it stole usernames, encrypted passwords and emails for more than one million users. CNET said a representative from the group – which calls itself 'w0rm' – informed it about the hack via a Twitter conversation.
A spokeswoman for CNET owner CBS Interactive said the firm had "identified the issue and resolved it." According to CNET, w0rm offered to sell the database for 1 Bitcoin, or $622. The group told CNET that the hacking group told it that the plan to sell the database was to gain attention and "nothing more."
So why did the group attack CNET? Apparently to promote overall security on the internet by targeting high-profile websites. It hacked the BBC web site last year.
"[W]e are driven to make the Internet a better and safer [place] rather than a desire to protect copyright," a representative for the group said in a Twitter exchange with CNET.
On Monday, the representative offered a security solution to CNET by tweeting: "#CNET I have good protection system for u, ping me."
According to CNET, 27.1 million unique users visited its sites in the US in June this year.