Albania Pirate Group thrown off Facebook for second time in a month

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APGHackers who have been sharing information publicly on Facebook about how to break into computer systems have had their pages shut down for the second time in a month.

The Albania Pirate Group (APG) was first thrown off the social network earlier this month, after Sophos researchers contacted Facebook's Security Team.

Smarting slightly, the group appears to have attempted to regroup on Facebook - creating a new page and - again - openly sharing passwords of breached systems.

In the Facebook page we discovered yesterday, we found that the Albania Pirate Group had been posting details of Twitter accounts they had hacked, and usernames and passwords for RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) servers - making it simple for hackers to get unauthorised remote access to computer systems.

APG Facebook page

The RDP usernames and passwords which were posted on the Facebook page make for depressing reading - demonstrating that many people are using very poorly chosen passwords.

Usernames and passwords posted on the Albania Pirate Group Facebook page

Sophos has contacted Facebook Security, which has promptly shut down the page.

Our thanks go to the Facebook security team for shutting down the page so promptly. Of course, this is something like a game of whack-a-mole for Facebook's security team, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the hacking group reared its head again.

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3 Responses to Albania Pirate Group thrown off Facebook for second time in a month

  1. Skittler · 1037 days ago

    It's a real shame that the Albanian authorities don't lock these vile people up!

  2. Nigel · 1037 days ago

    The fact that knaves like the Albanian Pirate Group have such easy access to public-facing venues like Facebook is one of the reasons why I dumped my FB account. It's one of those "Enter at your own risk" kind of places that calls to mind Obiwan Kenobi's characterization of the Mos Eisley spaceport: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

  3. rafal · 1035 days ago

    ah, there are still stupid ppl out there. who the hell sets his password to password nowadays or even worse Administrator/admin credentials
    well done hackers!

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley