Human Rights Website Hacked, 45,000 Accounts Exposed

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The Hungarian Human Rights Foundation website was hacked a few minutes ago by Kapustkiy and CyberZeist, who managed to get access to over 20,000 accounts and personal information, including phone numbers and home addresses.

Security pentester Kapustkiy told us that the data breach was possible with a SQL injection, which provided him with access to databases that included thousands of accounts, including some that are related to the US government (using the @state.gov suffix).

Just as usual, Kapustkiy decided to leak only part of the accounts and give IT administrators more time to fix the flaw.

In a private conversation a few minutes ago, he told us that he already contacted them to report the flaw and the security team said it would investigate the breach, but for the moment, the website still appears to be up and running.

It goes without saying that the breach is critical for the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation website, especially because the leaked information includes personal details of registered users, but it remains to be seen how fast the organisation manages to fix it.

Kapustkiy found several other vulnerabilities in high-profile websites, including one that allowed him to infiltrate into an Italian government website and access details of thousands of users.

The Dipartimento della Funzione Pubblica was hacked last week using a similar method and Kapustkiy revealed that he reached details of 45,000 accounts, including login credentials, such as usernames and password. As it’s the case today, he leaked only part of the data, with Italian IT admins taking the website down during the weekend to fix the vulnerability.

We have also contacted the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation for a statement on the data breach and will update the article when a response is offered. For the moment, however, if you’re one of the users impacted by the leak, the best thing you could do is to change your password as soon as possible.

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William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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