by Nate Anderson
|Broadwell's entry in one of the leaked Stratfor documents.
Paula Broadwell, the biographer and reported mistress of CIA director David Petraeus, appears to have been a subscriber to the "private intelligence" firm Stratfor—and that means that her Stratfor login account and its hashed password were hacked and released last year by Anonymous.
The Stratfor hacker, who the US government says was Chicago-based Jeremy Hammond, obtained a complete roster of all corporate client accounts. These were released online in a massive file called stratfor_users.csv. Inside that file appear the details for one email@example.com, whose hashed password is listed as "deb2f7d6542130f7a1e90cf5ec607ad1."
It's not clear whether the leak was meaningful — Broadwell's Stratfor password and her actual Yahoo e-mail password might have differed — but the prevalence of password reuse raises the possibility that hackers could have accessed her Yahoo e-mail or perhaps even the Gmail account she allegedly used to correspond with Petraeus.
Source: Ars Technica