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Hackers Target Small Town Tennessee by Way of Introduction

SpexSec, a two-person operation (allegedly) consisting of what’s left of TeaMp0isoN, made a splash this week when they released thousands of records as a means to introduce themselves to the public.

The group first targeted the residents of Clarksville, Tennessee, population approximately 132,000, and compromised 110,000 identities. While they released only 14,500 records to the public, some of them came from the local school system, which naturally means that kids were targeted as well as adults.

“Clarksville, Tennessee was primarily targeted due to their belligerence. To be clear here, We gave Tennessee a chance to comply and they didn't, therefore, this is the consequence they'll have to swallow,” the group said.

The city was told to fix security issues that were previously discovered and disclosed. When they didn’t, SpexSec breached their systems and took the data. Moreover, because the city is home to Fort Campbell (US Army), this too gave the group reason to attack.

“Our primary suspects include the U.S. Government for torturous and deceptive acts on our own soil, the Educational system for exuberantly being blown-over and belligerently not patching the holes in their system, and anybody else who partook a role in the Murder of America.”

24-hours after the group targeted Clarksville, they released additional records, including visas and passports. The claim is that the passports and visas belong to suspected terrorists.

According to an interview the group did with, Death and Taxes, they have no plans to stop, and they feel they are likely never to be caught.

“They can spend weeks, months, or years over-analyzing logs and whatever the fuck they decide to do, but they won’t get us. That’s the whole point of criminology: go in, do your shit, clean up after yourself and leave...” 

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.