‘Gnosticplayers’ Identified As One Of The Largest Data Breaches In History
Pakistan hacker going by the name Gnosticplayers, has said to have published the details of the stolen user accounts encrypted from a ton of websites in a dark web marketplace. A hacker named Gnosticplayers, who previously claimed to have sold massive chunks of data in the dark web in three rounds, is now back with a new set of databases breached from a total of six websites. The hacker, who was selling the details of 890 millions of user accounts breached from 32 popular websites in multiple rounds, has also claimed to put up the newly stolen data up for sale in the dark web. Reportedly from Pakistan, the hacker has claimed to have published the details of the stolen user accounts encrypted from a ton of websites in a dark web marketplace, known as Dream Market.
In the fourth round, the hacker has claimed to have stolen eight more databases containing personal data of about 92 million users. However, the most popular name which has come up in today’s data breach is GfyCat, the famous GIF hosting,and sharing platform. The values of all the eight databases are worth 2.6249 bitcoin, which amounts to about $9400.
In a recent interview, Gnosticplayers took all the credit of the recent data breaches and denied to being just an intermediary. According to the hacker, his intention is to sell over one billion user records and then disappear with the money before the cops can catch him and put him behind bars. He was found to have quoted, ‘My two main goals are- money and downfall of American pigs’.
None of the companies listed in the recent data breached had experienced such an event in the past. None of the companies were even impacted by the actions of Gnosticplayers before the attack. After the third data breach, the hacker made a ransom to the authorities and they could not fulfill it, so he committed the offense of stealing data again. Even after the third hacking, it wasn’t clear whether the hacker would go on with his expedition of stealing company records and then selling it on the dark web. Among the records stolen, the data of a student job site, an e-commerce giant, two scheduling apps and game development platform can be found. The game development platform is perhaps the GameSalad from which Gnosticplyers has pulled out records worth 1.5 million which includes IP addresses, email, passwords, and usernames.
Estante Virtual, a Brazilian bookshop also made its way to the list of the hacker. He has stolen about 5.45 million user records from the company, which he is selling for about 0.2618 bitcoin on the dark web. Among this data, one can find email, passwords, names and phone numbers.
The third company to feature on the list is Coubic, a scheduling software provider and from it, about 1.5 million data was being pulled out by the hacker. Coubic said they were investigating the matter and it was too early to comment on anything.
While the four attacks by gnosticplayers seem to be similar, the last one differs from the rest. The data put for sale in the last round were obtained during the last month’s hacks.
The hacker said none of the companies had stronger encryption algorithms and thus he succeeded in his mission.