The first major hack of the Australian cricket team occurred last Thursday night, when it was revealed that the Australian team had been compromised by a Chinese hacker.
The hack is believed to have been conducted by an individual known only as “Zhuang”, who was also known as the “Ghost of Dandong” on social media.
“Zhuan” posted on a Chinese-language forum claiming to be the team’s security chief and claiming to have infiltrated the team via a VPN.
“He is the one who broke into the team and gave out their passwords,” the post read.
“We are confident that he has all the necessary keys to unlock the system,” it continued.
The post went on to claim the passwords for all Australian players were now in the hands of the hacker, who then offered to give them to the team if they gave him their contact details.
The hacker then allegedly sent a series of emails to all the players, asking for them to give up their passwords.
“This will be a new experience for you and your teammates,” the email stated.
“You have been warned.
If you do not give your passwords to the hacker immediately, you will be killed.”
The emails were subsequently shared by a number of players on social networking sites.
“I’ve been told they are not going to let you play on your own until you give the password,” one player told ABC News.
“The security of your teammates is also being threatened.
I have to think that this is all just part of a plot to take over the team.”
The team had to postpone a series against New Zealand because of the breach, which was revealed by a team member who spoke to the ABC.
“It was an interesting experience to be honest,” one team member told the ABC on condition of anonymity.
“A little bit of a learning curve, but you learn a lot from these things and it was definitely a fun experience.”
After the game, I spoke to my coach, who said that they didn’t have any problems.
It was a good experience.
“A spokesperson for the Australian Cricket Board confirmed the incident but declined to comment further.
The incident is thought to have affected about 500 players, although the ABC has not been able to confirm that number.
The Australian Cricket League said it was in touch with the team but it was not yet able to comment on the specifics of the incident.
The hacking incident is not the first time a team has been hacked.
In July, the South Australian cricket board admitted that it had been hacked, but claimed it was a breach by a member of the team that was later revealed to be a fake.
In December, the Victorian Government said it had also been hacked and it said a fake email was sent to players.
Topics:cyber-attacks,news,dandong-6770,qld,south-australiaFirst posted March 26, 2018 11:40:34More stories from Victoria