Israeli hacker steals 85,000 Facebook logins from Arabs

Summary:An Israeli hacker who goes by the name Hannibal this week stole "85,000" Facebook logins from Arab users of the social network, as part of an online hacker war being fought in the Middle East.

Update: Israeli hacker posts '100,000' more stolen Facebook logins

In case you've been sleeping under a rock (or were understandably distracted by what Anonymous is up to), you may not know that Israel and Saudi Arabia are currently in the middle of a hacker war. In addition to millions of e-mail accounts, bank accounts, and credit cards, tens of thousands of Facebook account credentials have been stolen.

Earlier this week, an Israeli hacker, who calls himself Hannibal online, managed to obtain the Facebook credentials (e-mail addresses and passwords) of 85,000 "helpless Arabs." He then proceeded to post them on Pastebin, a simple website that allows anyone to upload text (usually code) for public viewing. He first posted 20,000 logins on Sunday, then 30,000 logins on Monday, then 10,000 logins on Tuesday, and finally 25,000 logins on Wednesday. On Thursday, Hannibal went silent. I quickly checked, and it seems to me that Hannibal is grossly overestimating the number of accounts he is posting: he has uploaded nowhere near 85,000 account credentials.

If you think you could be one of the Facebook users, or even if you're not sure, go change your Facebook password now. See this quick guide: How to change your Facebook password.

I will not be linking directly to the Pastebin posts in question, because they do still have e-mail addresses and passwords that work, but I do believe the headers of Hannibal's pastes are relevant.

January 15, 2012:

####################################### 20,000 Arabs Facebook Accounts Hacked By Hannibal (For more accounts follow me pastebin.com/u/hannibal) Contact me : Hannibal@inbox.com I have 30 Million Emails&Passwords of Arabs. ( Every day i will post 2000-100,000 Depends on my mood ) Enjoy it And Share

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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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A warning to the State of Iran and Saudi Arabia *

In addition, I have 10 million bank accounts of the countries of Iran and Saudi Arab. If Iran continues to threaten Israel and already this week I will publish the private bank accounts and thus make them billions of dollars in damages estimated

####################################### ####################################### #######################################

January 16, 2012:

Hello there I noticed that poor intelligence of 0x omar and his friends. State of Israel, not to worry, you're in the hands of the world's best hacker that I am. I will continue to support the government of Israel will continue to attack the Arab countries In addition, I received thousands of emails helpless Arabs, who are begging me to stop publishing the Facebook accounts because it violates their browsing experience. I have about 30 million e-mails of Arabs with passwords I'll post them throughout my life and my personal list is growing every day hundreds of thousands of emails Also, I received hundreds of emails of senior politicians from France and other countries, who asked me not to publish the list of the 10 million my bank accounts. So guys, if the state's chief Benny Gantz, or Prime Minister Netanyahu declare cyber war, I will have to publish the list of 10 million bank accounts. In addition I also have about 4 million credit cards. Just give a command and i will do it !! Well guys, I will continue the tradition of mine. Today will publish about 30,000 accounts Facebook & E-mails Go Work Jews And Israel ! Begin to corrupt! Your Hannibal

contact email : hannibal@inbox.com

############################################# New List Of 30,000 Facebook&Emails Accounts Hacked By Hannibal Date : 16.1.2012 ############################################

January 17, 2012:

Here Hannibal Currently, I published on 100,000 emails and Facebook accounts of Arabs and Muslims around the world And I will continue to publish tens of thousands every day, after all I have got about 30 million e-mails of Arabs. Unfortunately today I received an email from Mohammad Reza Rahimi who threatens that would raise most of his men to find me and kill me I assure you Mr. Fool, you can keep looking as you want, you will not find me even if you have a staff of 1,000 people who search for and carry out search for information about me. I post today about 10,000 Facebook and email accounts. In addition, I give hackers attacking the State of Israel a huge threat from me. Soon I will reveal another surprise. The most cruel surprise. Be prepared to Arabs! Follow me to get more updates : pastebin.com/u/hannibal contact email : hannibal@inbox.com

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New list of 10,000 Emails And Facebook Accounts Of Arabs Hacked By Hannibal 17.1.12 contact email : hannibal@inbox.com

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January 18, 2012:

Hi I now publish the letter he sent me deputy prime minister of Iran Funny to me that he had time to go into a mailbox and curse and threaten me .. Mr. Muhammad, you do not scare anyone! You never find me !!!!! Say thank you at least who censored you the email .. Link to the picture : http://i40.tinypic.com/143mkpk.png State of Iran, I'm so going to teach you a lesson soon Today I post about 25 000 e-mail accounts and Facebook accounts of arabs to my new permanent procedure.. On Saturday night I will publish new list of 100,000 emails and Facebook accounts

Hannibal contact email : hannibal@inbox.com

############################# New List Of 25,000 Emails And Facebook Accounts Of Arabs Hacked By Hannibal 18.1.12 #############################

Facebook's automated systems quickly sprang into action this week. Some of the logins don't work because users have already changed their passwords. Others still do, but Facebook prompts these users and tells them they're trying putting in an old password (see screenshot above). In other words, while some of the accounts were accessed by other users after Hannibal stole them, Facebook appears to have (automatically) locked all these accounts down so nobody can access them. If you're the owner of the account, you'll have to go through the process of resetting your password so that you can access it again.

I have contacted Facebook (I included the Pastebin links) for more information and will update you if I hear back.

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Topics: Collaboration, Security, Social Enterprise

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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