A rogue group of hacktivists who collectively operate under the moniker Team Poison (TeaMp0isoN) claim to have breached servers belonging to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The group posted an anti-world government statement on Pastebin along with account details, usernames, and passwords for hundreds of UN employees.
The hacktivists also published information for several other U.N. organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
The group apparently believes the U.N. to be “a Senate for Global Corruption, the United Nations sits to facilitate the introduction of a New World Order and a One World Government”, according to the posted statement.
In an effort to dispel concerns over the breach, the UN has asserted that the group merely compromised an old server with data from several years ago.
"The server goes back to 2007. There are no active passwords listed for those accounts... Please note that UNDP.org was not compromised,” said Sausan Ghosheh, UNDP spokesperson, in a statement.
In response, another posting on Pastebin reportedly from a member of TeamPoison counters the UN claim that the compromised servers only contain old data.
"There is [sic] thousands of emails from May 2007 till present being sent from this server (email above was a randomly selected from the database) but according to the United Nations this server is old and hasn't been used since 2007, and apparently they shut the server down when they had found out it was hacked, yet i [sic] just obtained the above email from the cj_batch_messages table in their database server which was meant to be down? The Server is _STILL_ Active & We _STILL_ have access...LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN," the statement claimed.
Cryptocard managing director Jason Hart believes that even if the U.N. claims that the data on the server is not current turn out to be true, the breach still represents a serious security concern for those whose data was compromised.
“The UN has said that the information exposed is old data, but if you look at the YouTube video released by the hackers on Monday it shows account details and usernames as well as personal email addresses. As we all know, passwords cross personal and professional lives, so these people could well be compromised at work and at home," Hart stated.
In an effort to further the Occupy Wall Street initiative, Team Poison has reportedly joined forces with the hacktivist collective Anonymous in an operation targeting banks representing the "1%" with the intent to pilfer funds to be redistributed to the so-called "99%". The plan is aptly named Operation Robin Hood.