UFC Denies Any UFC.TV Hack
According to multiple reports circulating across various news agencies, a Twitter account linked with the hacking group “Anonymous” had posted a link to a file containing the credit card numbers and login credentials of over 13,000 accounts including UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The file also had info from various customers of other services including XBox Live, Playstation Network, and Amazon. The document was first broadcast Friday Dec 26, but the inclusion of UFC Fight Pass subscribers was not immediately reported to their subscribers.
The report went on to point out that;
Personal information such as name and address appears to be unencrypted/unhashed. There is no way to remove your credit card information once it’s in there; you can only edit it, and the edited number as [sic] to be a valid credit card. This means you can’t just put fake numbers in there to protect your data. Currently, credit card is the only way to pay. If you want Fight Pass, you have to give the UFC your credit card information. It should be noted that there is no evidence that credit card information is stored in an unencrypted format.
The UFC declined to comment at the time.
If you’ll remember the very public clash between a hacker group and Dana White (& UFC) – this was with “Anonymous” back in 2012 over the fight promotion’s support of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) a bill that aimed to expand the powers of law enforcement to combat piracy and increase penalties, including making unauthorized streaming of copyrighted video punishable by up to five years in prison. It also introduced the ability for an entire website or even domain could be shut down off a single infringing post, and as a result, over 7,000 websites including Wikipedia staged a blackout in protest of the bill.
So when a concerned UFC.TV member reached out to the UFC Support Team asking for help – this was their “unedited” response:
Hey UFC Support .. we’d appreciate a comment – please email us at email@example.com or tweet us at @vendettafighter
Wish to read more on this hack, stay tuned .. we have more breaking info coming in as I write this.