Hacking group leaks thousands of passwords and credit card numbers

The hack additionally included credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. The trove was linked to in a Friday tweet.

Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of what it says are usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment services.

According to an Anonymous Twitter account, the dump was carried out "for the lulz,".

Ken Westin, senior security analyst at Tripwire, accessed the data dump, had a look over its contents, and says it appears as though there's nothing to worry about.

"A lot of this stuff goes back to 2011 and 2012 and nothing I could find in here was particularly new," Westin said in an interview with The Register.

"I'd also question the authenticity of this actually being Anonymous. It doesn't look like something they would do. Usually when they release data it's for a specific purpose, not just for no reason."

He added that the bulk of the dumped data, was account logins and passwords that were mostly obtained from a now-defunct website called Leakforums.net, where a number of accounts were often listed. The credit card details – purportedly from Ubisoft credit card numbers – are years old, he added.

So far, none of the companies whose data was listed have reported seeing any hacking activity on their servers related to the incident.

The group included a stolen download of "The Interview." When Sony pulled the release of "The Interview," Anonymous claimed on Twitter they would release the film themselves. It seems the company's decision to distribute the film in certain theaters and online in the U.S. did not deter the hackers. According to TechCrunch, "The Interview" was reportedly torrented 750,000 times in its first 20 hours.

The allegedly stolen account information for PlayStation and Xbox Live was posted just a day after another hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking the two networks out on what is likely the biggest gaming day of the year.

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