The enduring popularity of “2 Channeru”, the huge internet boards that dominate Japanese internet culture, is in part due to its system of perfect anonymity, allowing users to post without even registering a username.
Still, as the community grew, some users took the option of registering fee-paying accounts with the site, known as “● accounts”. But now news of a massive data leak has surfaced, meaning that the personal information of these customers is no longer private, with their real names, e-mail addresses and credit card details being among some of things that are now in the public domain.
2ch users were panicked, angry, and some even feel betrayed at the possibility of their online personae suddenly becoming mixed with their real lives…
“2 Channeru” Massive Information Leak — Personal Information/Credit Card Numbers/Post History Etc.
Things That Have Been Leaked:
Credit card numbers
Names on credit cards
Address at time of registration, telephone numbers
IP address at time of registration — guess this one doesn’t affect much?
http://qb5.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/operate/ (URL shortened)
●ID：● Hash value and e-mail address of approximately 40,000 people.
maru：● Post history linked to hash value (time, thread URL, IP)
sessions: Information from when you registered with ●, and IP address between 2011/07/29～2013/08/11
(●:2ch accounts where posts and past logins can be seen even if regulated, incurs a fee)
https://xiwayy2kn32bo3ko.onion.lu/test/read.cgi/ (URL shortened)
[FESTIVAL] Huge Message Board Site “2 Channeru” Massive Data Leak; Some Say Internal Conflicts Are Cause
My life’s over ＼(^o^)／
Seems like our information really has been leaked…
Card numbers getting leaked is awful.
Hadn’t we better spread this information ASAP?
Ridiculous that people trusted 2ch with their personal info.
They take people’s money and this is how they manage the site?
It’s dangerous, you can’t use ● w
For those people who’ll have hell waiting for them when they wake up tomorrow —
I feel so sorry for you.
Glad I never registered as a paid-up member.
How much are they going to pay in damages?
Hiroyuki, pay us with all that money you made from tax evasion.
This is biggest scandal in 2ch’s history.
It’s a nightmare that the stuff you write on 2ch could be made public under your real name.
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Guess I was right to be cautious and pay with bitcoins at the convenience store. I never wanted to hand over my credit card details to 2ch.
This is terrible.
So this is what happens when you regulate the hell out of stuff to make some money…
Do you reckon they’ll catch the criminal?
You reap what you sow.
They won’t be able to sell ● accounts anymore because of this, so 2ch’s going to go under, right?
Right then, well, when everyone wakes up and realises the situation, that’s when the party gets started.