Pastebin hiring staff to sort through hackers’ data

By on April 3, 2012
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On average 1,200 complaints a day.

Pastebin recently became very popular with all the data dumps being posted on their from hacktivists groups like Lulzsec and Antisec. Usually the website is used for people trying to follow trending topics around the world, but the anonymity with which people can easily post information on there has now become an issue for the site owner Jeroen Vader. Pastebin has to rely on user reports for sorting out sensitive information; which on an average is 1200 reports per day.

“I am looking to hire some extra people soon to monitor more of the website content, not just the items reported,” he told the BBC. “Hopefully this will increase the speed in which we can remove sensitive information.”

Pakistan and turkey in particular have outright blocked Pastebin when sensitive information from some of their institutes was posted on there.

Pastebin attracts a monthly 17 million unique visitors, but with scandalous information such as bank accounts, username and passwords being posted from various institutes around the world targeted by Anonymous and other hacktivist groups. The website itself is usually a target of DDOS attacks from various hacker groups as well.  ”I do hear from people in the hackers community that many hackers like to test their DDOS skills on Pastebin,” said Jeroen Vader.


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