Late last week, NVIDIA confirmed that the database for its forums web site had been broken into by unauthorized third parties, with data from more than 400,000 registered users affected. A hacker group calling itself “Team Apollo” has now claimed responsibility for the breach which caused NVIDIA to take the site down.
As proof, they have published email addresses and password hashes for approximately 800 users from the database on Pastebin, with more, apparently, to follow. If the data proves to be genuine, NVIDIA’s statement that the password hashes were salted would be contradicted: the database excerpt includes the hash
b018f55f348b0959333be092ba0b1f41 three times in the list, the result of
In addition, the hackers have stated that NVIDIA’s online store was also broken into, which NVIDIA did not mention to The H’s associates at heise Security. The hacker group said that the break-in occurred “a few weeks ago”. The group apparently copied the data to “target disgusting corporations who deserve to be brought to justice” – although they have not specified which corporations are being targeted or what form this “justice” will take.