Hackers' website hacked
Tables are turned on cyber criminals
A website used as a popular marketplace for stolen account details and hacking tips has been hacked itself.
According to the BBC, the email addresses and private messages of more than 470,000 members have been leaked online following a huge data breach.
The leaked data contained more than 5,000 purchase records relating to the exchange of stolen information, invoices, usernames and members’ PayPal and IP addresses. The data is also said to include millions of forum posts and private messages detailing illegal activities.
The report states that the website had used message board software with known vulnerabilities, as well as a weak hashing algorithm to protect members' passwords.
It also claims that some of the data could be used to work out members' identities, if they did not take steps to conceal it.
The data breach was confirmed by independent security researcher Troy Hunt.
"Data breaches like this remind us that even criminal elements are not immune from having their identities disclosed and released publicly," Mr Hunt told The BBC.
"While many of them no doubt took precautions to hide their true identities, inevitably many others will now be feeling very nervous at the prospect of being outed while engaged in fraudulent activities."