Hacker collective LulzSec has leaked Australian email passwords to its followers, including government departments, universities and schools.
Earlier today, Lulz Security released a collection of 62,000 stolen email addresses and passwords to its followers. It has now been reported by the ABC that Australian passwords were among those stolen.
Leaked email passwords reportedly include AusAid, Victorian Government departments, local councils in Victoria and NSW, the University of New South Wales and high schools in Queensland and Melbourne.
It is currently unclear how many Australian websites and emails have been compromised, but the number of leaked passwords could be in the thousands.
The collection of login details was seemingly released as a reward for "flooding" an online forum yesterday. Lulz followers have already started posting screenshots of hacked Facebook, Amazon and other accounts that were accessed with the stolen passwords.
One user bought several books on Amazon using one of the accounts, while another accessed an online dating service, changing profile pictures to sexual content. Others claimed to have gained entry to online retailers and PayPal.
The LulzSec Twitter feed suggested the email collection had been downloaded thousands of times within the first few minutes.
LulzSecurity jumped into the headlines earlier in the month after hacking Sony Pictures, and has since targeted the US Senate and the CIA. Earlier this week, LulzSec leaked logins from a porn site, encouraging users to try the passwords on Facebook.
We'll keep you posted with more developments as they happen.
[Source: ABC News]