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‘Fear’ hacker claims he hit hundreds of government servers

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A purported hacker known as Fear claims to have hacked hundreds of government servers used to upload and download files from the internet — a claim that’s being described as a hoax

Fear, who claims to be a teenager, said he took advantage of lax security at the company Neustar to gain access to a large number of FTP (File Transport Protocol) servers. But Neustar has pushed back, claiming the purported breach does not match files the hacker claims to have taken.

FTP servers are often used to upload data to a website, and run off of the same types of domain names as websites.

Neustar is in charge of the “.us” top-level domain, an alternative to “.com,” “.edu” and “.org.”

By hacking Neustar, Fear claims he gained access to the FTP accounts for every site with an address ending .us.

“I hacked into the Neustar FTP, and I dumped their files, and in the files there were a list of each and every FTP server on a .us, and it had their passwords, users, ftp ip, hostname, and domain,” said Fear in an online chat. He later expanded on the claim to say it was an attack known as a SQL injection — a poorly coded web database that leaks out information.  – READ MORE

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