While NVIDIA is investigating the data breach that affected its forum, company representatives admit that up to 400,000 encrypted passwords may have been stolen by the hackers, CBS News reports.
In the meantime, a group of hackers – The Apollo Project – has taken credit for the data breach and to demonstrate it they published around 800 records sets allegedly obtained from NVIDIA.
The information posted on Pastebin by the hackers is comprised of user IDs, names, password hashes, email addresses and other data.
Besides the user details, The Apollo Project also published a statement
that starts with a quote from the late George Carlin.
One of the hackers continues, “I am actually surprised nVidia decided to even disclose that they'd been hacked quite a few weeks ago. It did take them a while though. We aren't acting extremely maliciously, we've used this database to target disgusting corporations who deserve to be brought to justice … and we are getting there, slowly but surely.”
“I know one day it will all change, but for change to happen.. You have to make the change. I was always raised to believe that the only person anyone can change is themselves, but I think that's absolute [expletive], and you should to. I guess you should consider this a call to arms. We are riding as one now.”
They conclude by saying that NVIDIA has failed to inform the public of the fact that shop.nvidia.com
has also been compromised. The hackers believe that the company may be keeping it a secret to minimize the impact on its stock price.
According to the members of the Apollo Project, the rest of the data they have hasn’t been leaked because of the restrictions set by Pastebin. However, they state that it will be made available in the upcoming period.