Ethical hacking organization hacked, website defaced with Edward Snowden’s passport

Rich McCormick reports:

The EC-Council, a US professional organization that offers a respected certification in ethical hacking, was itself hacked this weekend. Passport and photo ID details of more than 60,000 security professionals who have obtained or applied for the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker certification are at risk after the breach, many of whom work in sensitive political and military positions. They include members of the US military, FBI, United Nations, and National Security Agency.

Among their number is Edward Snowden, whose passport and application email for the certification were used to deface the EC-Council’s homepage, alongside the message “Defaced again? Yep, good job reusing your passwords morons.”

Read more on The Verge.  See also Ars Technica coverage.

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  1. IA Eng - February 25, 2014

    Hummm I think the work “hack” is becoming this generic use it for any sort of unauthorized entry.

    In this case, if the “hacker” slaps in some one’s old credentials, apparently, and gains unauthorized access, its failure of a security control, not necessarily a “hack”.

    I guess the media has to feed the key words and phrases that make the trend tick.

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