A security hole in the execution of the Symphony PHP framework of CNET.com formed the basis for the attack. This framework is a well-known programming tool that provides a basis for the development of a website that may be complex in nature. CNET was amongst the 9 most visited sites in US in the month of May. It was reported that the group had no intentions to decode the passwords or to close the sale of the attacked database. The hacker group spokesperson reported that they made the offer to sell the database only to gain attention and nothing more whereas W0rm said in his tweet that the database will be sold for 1 bitcoin or $622.
W0rm reported that the hacker group has no goals to harm anyone but to enhance the overall Web security. It is simply raising public awareness by targeting the high-profile websites. The group has successfully hacked Bank of America, BBC and Adobe websites.
The popularity of CNET costed it heavily as it attracted the hackers. W0rm’s statement was a shock when he said that the hacking attempt was not made to ensure copyright protection but just to enhance the internet’s usability and make it a safe option for the users.