Infowars: Hack was from 2012

Infowars: Hack was from 2012
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A database of breached account information from the right-wing website Infowars dates back to a 2012 breach the site had already informed its users about, said a representative.

“The administrators in the database were from 2012 ” said Buckley Hamman. Hamman works for Infowars without a defined job title.


Hamman said that Infowars notified users about the breach when it was discovered in 2012.

Motherboard was first to report that an archive of just under 50,000 email addresses, usernames and passwords from the Infowars video hub Prison Planet had been circulating online. The tech website had checked to make sure that sample usernames and email addresses aligned with those registered on the site.

The Hill had linked to that story with a note that Infowars had not confirmed the breach with either Motherboard or The Hill.

Infowars, run by radio host Alex Jones, is a proponent of such recent conspiracy theories as the Orlando nightclub shooting being a false flag operation and that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally It's about the delegates, stupid MORE cheated when she opened a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel.

According to Motherboard, the accounts were stored in a web database format known as SQL. SQL is frequently breached by hackers because its easy to format requests of databases that have been left unsecured. The passwords, said Motherboard, were secured using an infamously easy-to-crack algorithm known as MD5.

“We haven’t used MD5 for almost five years,” said Hamman.

One of the sites hosting the user database listed the data as coming from 2014. But many databases sold or otherwise promoted as new breach data are fake – either built from already-leaked data from the correct site, or amalgams of data from other sites’ leaks.

“It was probably someone trying to make a little money,” said Hamman.

This story was updated at 3:34 p.m.