The hacker group responsible for the distributed denial of service attack on game servers for Bilzzard Entertainment’s popular World of Warcraft online RPG came forward recently, stating that it has seized a massive amount of user data.
A statement from the hacker group claims that it has gathered 7 million usernames and passwords from its raids, ranging from online services from Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter, Comcast and even from the CIA.DerpTrolling
The so-called hacker group, which goes by the name of “DerpTrolling,” says that it launched the DDoS attack against Blizzard during its Warlords of Draenor launch event to prove a particular point: that companies it targeted need to provide better security for its customers. DerpTrolling also claims that it has hacked Sony’s PlayStation Network including credit card, email, password and login details, releasing a truncated list as evidence.
A statement from the hacker group claims that it has gathered 7 million usernames and passwords from its raids, ranging from online services from Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter, Comcast and even from the CIA. Meanwhile, Sony says that there seems to be no evidence on its end of any sort of intrusion like DerpTrolling claims, placing the veracity of the hacker group’s statements in question.
DerpTrolling says that it has also been the entity responsible for several other DDoS attacks on games such as Runescape, EVE Online, League of Legends and World of Tanks. Internet security experts recommend any users of the mentioned game services should change their passwords just in case DerpTrolling happens to be telling the truth.
Whether or not DerpTrolling is indeed responsible for the DDoS attacks – and whether or not it has actually managed to secure the millions of usernames and passwords that it claims – remains unclear. Even those skeptical of the group’s existence say users should update their online credentials in the event that DerpTrolling or some other entity managed to steal information online. Internet experts point out that distributed denial of service attacks are routinely used to simply bring certain websites or online services to their knees by flooding their bandwidth, which is a rudimentary feat in comparison to an orchestrated hacking attempt that would net millions of user IDs and passwords, throwing doubt on the ability of any DerpTrolling “hackers” to manage such a feat.
This archive content was originally published November 23, 2014 (www.betawired.com)