Hacker Says He Compromised Intel, Gained Private Info

A hacker using the pseudonyms "Weedgrower" and "X-pOSed" is claiming that he compromised Intel and obtained sensitive data by using a flaw in the subscriber segment of Intel's web site. With access to the Intel.com database, the hacker claims he can retrieve sensitive information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, email addresses, passwords and more.

"I've got to give some applause to all these pseudo-security technicians out there," the hacker states. "I cut Intel a break, I have access to a database and another vulnerability which enables the right to read user data. I'll be gracious here and NOT spill the data, but I will provide screenshots to prove that I have access to Credit Card data and such."

The hacker reportedly plans to reveal the first vulnerability -- and possibly the user information although it's not entirely clear at this point -- if he doesn't hear from Intel.com soon. The Hacker News reports that this first Intel vulnerability is similar to the one found will Dell's website earlier this month which isn't critical but could be used as a tool to leak personal information.

This threat from Weedgrower is taken seriously because of his past experience. Just in 2012 alone, the hacker has infiltrated large commercial sites including AOL, NASA, Hotmail, MySpace, Xbox, USBank, Yahoo and VISA, leaking information from most of these sites. As proof of his recent entry into Intel's database, Weedgrower has provided a screenshot showing an edited list of personal information, as seen below.

So far Intel has not responded to the threat.

  • Um... Im not 100% on this but isn't "insert into" an sql query to put data into a database... Not read the data..
  • john412smith
    Seems he was importing the data from their database into a dummy one of his own.
  • freggo
    "Hacker Says He Compromised Intel, Gained Private Info"

    There is an ERROR in the title !

    "A Criminal Says He Compromised Intel, Gained Private Info"

  • ringzero
    Am I the only one who thinks he (and Toms) hasn't blocked out enough info in that example?
  • jaber2
    Don't hack me bro.
  • madooo12
    ringzeroAm I the only one who thinks he (and Toms) hasn't blocked out enough info in that example?me too, credit card numbers and expiary dates aren't hidden

    this is really stupid

  • rocknrollz
    I think the picture should be removed.
  • bigdragon
    I'm more interested in when the Core i7 3930k and 3820 will start appearing in stores where you can actually buy them. I really don't like this rumored delay to March 1st. Too many delays! I'd also like to know more about exactly when Intel wants to release Ivy Bridge. When can I buy a Core i7 3770k? Credit cards, emails, and other stuff out of an Intel database is about the least interesting thing that company stores. I wish you could see me yawning.
  • lockhrt999
    Hackers suck!. Some of you guys seem to praise them. Sneaking in strangers bedroom or stealing food from their kitchen must be considered as good manners in your side of the world.

    Well you don't know how it's like to be getting hacked into. 99% of times hackers hack just to annoy the domain owner and to set the prominence in their community. Nobody bothers to check the damages suffered by the victim.

    Few of my websites got hacked few days back. Getting them back online was a tiresome job. I researched on the hacker and found he hacks thousands of website everyday without any purpose.
  • lockhrt999
    RockNRollzI think the picture should be removed.
    They don't have edit button, they never had.