Wetherspoons Hacker Speaks: ‘I Did It Simply Because I Could’

Joseph Cox reports:

Last week, Wetherspoons, a popular UK pub chain, announced that one of its websites had been breached. The hacker got away with the names, dates of birth, email addresses, and phone numbers of potentially 656,723 customers, as well as the partial payment card data of 100 people.

Then late on Monday night, the hacker responsible, who used the handle ‘ropertus’ contacted this reporter. To verify their identity, ropertus sent an email signed with the same PGP key listed with the advert for the stolen Wetherspoons data on a Russian hacking market.


Ropertus said that breaching the Wetherspoons site “wasn’t complicated whatsoever and would certainly add insult to injury to the company itself.”

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