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NullCrew Posts Data Taken From Cambridge University

In an effort to get the attention of the university and the media, a group going by the name of NullCrew has published a list of some 4,000 names and a hand full of passwords, said to have been taken from the University of Cambridge’s Press portal. In response, the university has insisted that there has been no breach.

In a message on Pastebin, NullCrew stated that the group has previously attempted to contact Cambridge University officials, and by refusing to respond to the group, the latest leak of data is their fault.

The topic of discussion is unknown, but the message said that the group only wants, “the attention of the University and Media. If the university still fails to cooperate, then we will have to dump more data.”

“Today we will only give up some data, to get the attention of Cambridge University. Keep in mind, you can take the subdomain offline, but we have all the data saved, so you're screwed no matter what you do. If you don't take our demands seriously this time, more data will be dumped. If you keep ignoring us, we will keep dumping. We are aware many of these accounts weren't dumped along with the passwords,” the warning states.

This is the second leak from NullCrew that targets the university. Last month, they released data taken from a server used by academics at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The list published over the weekend contains more than 4,300 entries, but mostly consists of names. The password field for a majority of the records is empty, simply reporting a NULL value for all but 190 records. For clarification, NullCrew targeted the press portal in this latest leak, which is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. I

n a statement, a university spokesman said they are working to ensure that no-one’s personal security is harmed by the incident.

“This is a publicity-seeking enterprise. The university is making sure that no-one’s personal security is harmed by this.”

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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.