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United Nations Hacked

A group of hackers have targeted the United Nations this week, publishing more than 100 email addresses and login details which it claims to have extracted from them.

Many of the emails appear to be from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which says it is "in the process of validating this claim".

The group, which identified itself as Teampoison, posted the information on the Pastebin website along with the group logo and statement 'exposing' the UN as a fraud.

The message preceding the login details accused the UN of acting to "facilitate the introduction of a New World Order" and asked "United Nations, why didn't you expect us?" The statement also revealed that many of the email accounts revealed have no password protection.

The acerbic Teampoison message concluded saying: "The question now is how? We will let the so called 'security experts' over at the UN figure that out... Have a Nice Day."

A spokeswoman for the UNDP told the BBC that they believed "an old server which contains old data" had been targeted.

"The UNDP found [the] compromised server and took it offline," said Sausan Ghosheh.

"The server goes back to 2007. There are no active passwords listed for those accounts.

"Please note that was not compromised."

Many of the email addresses posted on the site end in, but others appear to belong to members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Security firm Sophos highlighted Teampoison hackers' previous attacks on the RIM, the maker of the Blackberry, website and had published sensitive information about former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"Teampoison recently announced they were joining forces with Anonymous on a new initiative dubbed 'Operation Robin Hood', targeting banks and financial institutions," the firm's senior technology consultant, Graham Cluley wrote on Sophos's blog.

Anonymous and Teampoison said at the time that their joint operation aimed to use money taken from credit cards and donate it to individuals and charities, explaining that people would not be harmed as the banks had to refund fraudulent charges.

Teampoison added a "shoutout" to Anonymous in its UN attack posting and added a link to a Youtube video about their banking attack plan.

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