According to a BBC report, an old computer server at the United Nations has been hacked and approximately a 100 e-mail addresses and log-in details were extracted.
The group that claimed the hack, Teampoison, posted the data on pastebin.com and followed with messages criticizing the world organization. It is believed that most of the accounts posted belong to staff members at the United Nations Development Program, while the rest are from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Health Organization and the UK's Office for National Statistics.
Apparently, the hacking process was made easier because several of the user log-ins were not password-protected. The U.N. promptly re-secured its network and took the affected server offline.
Teampoison, one of several politically motivated cyber activist groups, also claimed the attack on Blackberry smartphones. In addition, they also claimed to have been the ones who published private information about former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to security company Sophos.
Sophos noted that Teampoison had earlier aligned with fellow hacker collective, Anonymous, to form Operation Robin Hood and target banks and financial institutions. A shoutout video was posted on YouTube to explain its reasons.
Professor Alan Woodward of the Department of Computing at the University of Surrey believes the incident to be a reminder to secure valuable information stored on older systems.
The lesson here is that anything that holds any data of any value must be protected, he was quoted as saying, on the BBC Web site.