Hacker News article Hacker news title Anonymous says it has hacked $1.9 billion credit card website article Hackers claiming to have taken control of credit union websites claim to have gained access to $2.2 billion worth of data.
The hackers said they had access to an undisclosed number of customers’ details and had the right to access their personal information.
“We hacked the credit union, we hacked the banking, we hack everything,” said one of the hackers, who also claimed responsibility for breaching the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s website.
The attackers said they used social engineering techniques to trick people into handing over their personal data, but declined to identify the companies or the institutions that had been compromised.
“It was just a bunch of people,” said the hacker, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“What we’ve done is we’ve got a database full of the information we’ve stolen from them.
It’s pretty big, we can do it.”
The hacker group behind the hack said it was “happy to report” the breach had been discovered by a security firm that worked for the credit unions.
The group, known as Anonymous, said it believed the hackers had been responsible for the theft, and the hackers wanted to release the information.
A credit union spokesman said it had not received any calls or emails about the hack.
“Anonymous has released the information from the compromised websites and is notifying the victims in the US and overseas,” the spokesman said.
“As a precautionary measure, the information was provided to the US Government.”
The hackers also said they were still targeting other credit unions around the world.
“There are other credit union networks, there are other banks that we have breached and there are more banks that are compromised,” said a spokesman for one of those credit unions, who declined to be identified.
“The credit unions are not at risk at this time.”
The credit union said the breach affected 1.5 million customers.
“If you have information about our customers, please contact us and we’ll investigate it,” the credit card company said.
The Federal Reserve said it has not received a single call or email from the hackers.
“While we are not able to confirm the identity of the intruders, we have not received reports of identity theft from anyone at any of the affected credit unions,” the central bank said in a statement.
The breach was disclosed late on Thursday afternoon (local time) and has been widely covered.
It is the latest in a series of data breaches of credit card information that have hit the financial industry in recent years.
The US Federal Reserve, which is part of the World Bank, said last week that it had seen at least one breach of data at its $1 trillion New York Fed system.