9 to 5 Mac reports that hackers accessed Foxconn’s internal data and released the information (or ‘dumped’, in hacker/data-nerd parlance) online, including the logins and passwords for procurement sites, teh Intranets and email accounts, with the account of CEO and animal herder Terry Gou being no exception.
SwaggSec, the hacker group responsible for the security breach, apparently claims they were motivated to attack Foxconn because of the poor treatment of Foxconn’s labor force, a situation that’s virtually made the name Foxconn synonymous with suicide in popular culture.
Of course, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (recently touted as the user-friendliest web browser for stupid persons) is to blame for all of this, since an unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability used by a Foxconn worker was exploited to access the company’s internal data.
The server has since been closed off, but 9 to 5 Mac managed to verify the logins were indeed legit. There is currently no word as to whether any sensitive information has already been leaked.
Meanwhile, like any self-respecting attention-seeking terrorist cell/Liberation Front/revivalist sect, SwaggSec couldn’t resist posting a manifesto to explain the nature of their beliefs and actions. Below is a sampling, in which SwaggSec explain that they hacked Foxconn for shits and giggles, in addition to their sympathy towards Chinese workers:
So Foxconn thinks they got ‘em some swagger because they work with the Big Boys from Intel, Microsoft, IBM, and Apple? Fool, You don’t know what swagger is. They say you got your employees all worked up, committing suicide ‘n stuff. They say you hire chinese workers ’cause you think the taiwanese are elite. We got somethin’ served up good…real good. Your not gonna’ know what hit you by the time you finish this release. Your company gonna’ crumble, and you deserve it.
Upon switching the radio from Nicki Minaj’s self-enforcing, lack of content, stereotypical song, “Stupid Hoe”; We switched on BBC Radio, the leading source of unbiased material. A short segment on the manufacturer giant Foxconn, came up reporting on the inhuman conditions the workers experience.
Although we are considerably disappointed of the conditions of Foxconn, we are not hacking a corporation for such a reason and although we are slightly interested in the existence of an Iphone 5, we are not hacking for this reason. We hack for the cyberspace who share a few common viewpoints and philosophies. We enjoy exposing governments and corporations, but the more prominent reason, is the hilarity that ensues when compromising and destroying an infrastructure.
For our part, we’re not quite sure how we should feel about hackers taking a vigilante stand to loot and pillage Foxconn’s data, or any other organization for that matter. Though we’d be the first to admit that people need a little anarcho-destructo release every now and then, there is the self-interested fact that any online entity can become a victim and target of attack from hackers who don’t approve of your actions or beliefs or opinions, or what you happen to write online.
Below are screen captures of some Foxconn data collected by SwaggSec.