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Anonymous Attacks US State Department Careers Website: Analysis

Attack appears to be a SQL Injection
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Identity Finder has analyzed a hack by the Anonymous hacker "Par:Anoia," claiming to have attacked a website belonging to the U.S. Department of State. Our preliminary analysis indicates that the hack appears to be legitimate, affecting roughly 200 people, and relatively low-risk.

Identity Finder's analysis indicates that the hack contains the following information:

-- 199 Email Addresses, most of which belonged to, and a few universities

-- About 207 Possible Hashed Passwords. The seemingly hashed strings were unidentified

-- Zero Home Addresses

-- 194 names

The breached database is named "test_hrwg_careers_usa_ctc_com," which seems to be related to, which has been taken offline. A cached version indicates that it is a State Department career website, and not likely tied into sensitive State Department systems. The attack appears to be a SQL Injection attack, where a hacker tricks a website into exposing the entire contents of a database.

"This appears to be a legitimate breach," said Aaron Titus, Chief Privacy Officer at Identity Finder. "Although the total risks associated with this breach appear low, if the hashes in the breach are actually passwords, and they are cracked, and the state department employees re-use those passwords on sensitive State Department systems, those systems could be compromised."

"We recommend that the State Department reset the passwords for all affected employees as a precaution," said Titus.


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