Norwegian sex scandal brewing? (updated)
A new scandal is brewing. According to Harald S. Klungtveit and Anders Johansen Holth of Dagbladet in Norway, hackers have downloaded the entire database of 26,000 users of a sex-exchange (prostitution) site, Hemmelig.com. [Update: see the Comment below this post for a better description of the site; the commenter says that it is not a prostitution site.]
The hackers, who refer to themselves as Team Appunity, are reportedly threatening to release the entire database. A Google translation of the Dagbladet report reads:
We downloaded almost all files, including images, and almost the entire database with messages and user information. It was not well secured, it took us a maximum five minutes of “work,” writes one person with access to the base, to Dagbladet in an email.
The sex-hits your site is most of the approximately 26 000 users registered with a cell phone number. Many of the numbers can easily be connected to their real identities, along with thousands of intimate messages users have sent to each other.
Calls all the way back to 2005 – often on prostitution, unusual sexual preferences or prolonged infidelity – is part of the material. A large percentage of users appear to be clients whore, but many have only been looking for noncommittal sex without payment.
Dagbladet has previously written that content from Hemmelig.com can be traced to, among other politicians, officers in the military, people in the security industry, Captain, doctors, lawyers, celebrities and business leaders.
Read more on Dagbladet.
The hack was announced by the hackers this morning on Twitter:
A Google translation of the tweet indicates that they claim to be in possession of 28,642 users’ information (28,209 with telephone numbers and all with e-mail addresses), 376,602 private messages, and 3,588 images.
At the time of this posting, hemmelig.com has a message saying that the site is temporarily unavailable.
Update: As of Dec. 22, the database appears to have been published on at least
one two three a number of torrent sites for download.