SwagSec, a LulzSec copycat hacker group, has released data stolen during a recent hack on tech manufacturing behemoth Foxconn.
Image Credit: SwagSec

SwaggSec, a LulzSec copycat hacker group, has released data stolen during a recent hack on tech manufacturing behemoth Foxconn.

The group released the information stolen in its attack on Wednesday via posts on Pastebin and The Pirate Bay. The hack seized information on both Foxconn and its clients - which includes big names like Microsoft and Apple.

Imitating the exploits of "skiddie" marauder LulzSec, in its statement SwaggSec clarified that the attack was not done for any agenda past simple entertainment:  

"Now as a first impression Swagg Security would rather not deceive the public of our intentions. Although we are considerably disappointed of the conditions of Foxconn, we are not hacking a corporation for such a reason and although we are slightly interested in the existence of an iPhone 5, we are not hacking for this reason.

"We hack for the cyberspace who share a few common viewpoints and philosophies. We enjoy exposing governments and corporations, but the more prominent reason, is the hilarity that ensues when compromising and destroying an infrastructure," read the hackers' statement.

The news comes after sweatshop allegations against Foxconn re-emerged. The allegations originally appeared in 2006 when reports broke claiming Foxconn's Longhua plant's 200,000 workers were working 15-hour days for as little as $50 a month. More recently The NY Times published a lengthy feature on 25 January detailing the continuing poor working environment and long hours of the Chinese factory workers.

The release contained a host of information, including the contact details of a number of Foxconn's global sales managers, usernames, IPs, IDs and dates and a list of the company's email users and clients' purchases.

Despite defining itself as a "Grey hat" group - a term referring to hackers that enact hacks with both positive and negative intentions - the attack has since been publicised by the larger hacktivist collective, Anonymous, with several Twitter accounts associated with it tweeting links to the data.

LulzSec are a similar group of hackers that gained infamy in 2011 mounting a series of successful attacks on big name targets like Sony and the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Sun newspaper.

Foxconn has not responded to the International Business Times UK's requests for comment and confirmation of the attack.