An Australian Federal Police (AFP) operation to rescue a hacked database of
60,000 domain names’ usernames and passwords and 13,000 credit card numbers — to
use as evidence — was almost foiled when the hackers were tipped off and went
into a "deletion frenzy".

AFP investigator Colin Dix from the Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC)
talked about the incident at the AusCERT 2010 last week.

"It actually started when [my colleague] was lurking in one of the forums and
identified a post of someone selling a database," Dix said. "As usual, the
database contained personal information, some usernames, passwords [and] credit
cards."

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