Particle accelerator hacked: Boffins’ hashed passwords beamed up

Darren Pauli reports:

UPDATE The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is investigating a computer security breach at the Australian Synchrotron that saw hackers steal scientists’ usernames and passwords Friday.

Hackers of as yet unknown origin hit systems hosting the web portal where researchers from ANSTO and third parties can request time to use the Victorian atom-smashing facility. We’re told miscreants stole brainiacs’ email addresses and scrambled passwords.

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