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Anonymous Hacks Greek Finance Ministry, Finds "123456" Is Password For 37% Of All User Accounts

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While we have yet to go through the thousands of files that hacker collective Anonymous has just released as a result of its hack of the Greek Finance Ministry, an exploit it described as follows: "We gained full access to the Greek Ministry of Finance. Those funky IBM servers don't look so safe now, do they... We have new guns in our arsenal. A sweet 0day SAP exploit is in our hands and oh boy we're gonna sploit the hell out of it. Respectz to izl the dog for that perl candy," what we find even more amusing, if not surprising, is that of the 136 username accounts Anonymous hacked, the password of precisely 50 of them, or some 37% of all workers, is.... 123456 (full list here).

That, together with this archival picture of the inside of the Athens Finance Ministry, explains much more about the current and future state of Greek affairs, than any idiotic Troika/IMF forecast ever could.

As for those curious just what secrets the chaotic finance ministry of the Eurozone's most insolvent country holds, the downloads are available here and here.



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Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:11 | 2988002 idea_hamster
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Why put time into a complex hash password -- there's nothing to protect anyway.

I bet a bunch of Eastern European bank-fraud bots have broken in and found that the Greek accounts actually sucked money OUT of theirs!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:15 | 2988049 vast-dom
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i'm actually impressed. i wouldn't think it would be more than a four character pw.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:17 | 2988065 Stackers
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yikes, I need to change the combination on my luggage.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:21 | 2988099 camaro68ss
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Hey, how did they find my ZH account password...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:23 | 2988107 Atlas_shrugging
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And change the password on my luggage!   damn, beaten to the punch. 

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:40 | 2988217 redpill
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I'm surprised they even had passwords. "Greek Finance Ministry" is an oxymoron.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:30 | 2988504 francis_sawyer
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IBM... Let's all build a smarter planet...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:41 | 2988563 redpill
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Which makes one wonder if a smarter planet would continue to hire ridiculously overpriced technology consultants.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:50 | 2988282 SafelyGraze
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thanksalot, zh

now the rest of my day is shot

beginning with hackers

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:00 | 2989253 Peter Pan
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What is Anonymous so proud of?
They simply found the combination to an empty safe.
Big deal.

Here is a real challenge.

Find out what gold the US really has in its vaults.

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 16:47 | 3099785 Kumara
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I agree, for someone to hack into an already broke nation's website isn't something worth mentioning. I bet it isn't even the Anonymous who did it, not that he read absolutewealth articles to know about its financial state, but really, what did he thought he'd find there?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:38 | 2988205 somecallmetimmah
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And who taught those lazy retards how to type?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:36 | 2988848 Matt
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Hey! Wait a minute! What are Romney's Binders full of women doing sitting in shopping carts in Athens!? The plot thickens ...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:50 | 2988279 i_call_you_my_base
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Right, I wouldn't think they could afford six characters. That should have been cut with the austerity measures.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:10 | 2988617 fockewulf190
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Betcha their files are packed with porn, capital escape plans to Switzerland, and how to reroute funds to Uncle Alexandros's gyros stand in downtown Stuttgart.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 19:35 | 2990018 fuu
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Someone should ask what the black swan was.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:22 | 2988104 insanelysane
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numbers don't mean anything in Greece.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:34 | 2988182 gmrpeabody
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You owe me a keyboard...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:25 | 2988123 TideFighter
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Ah, but username = YDE114 was an incredibly brilliant fellow 

password = 654321

Very Stealthy, Kaspersky would be envious. 

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:49 | 2988275 EvlTheCat
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You just cracked the other 63% of the passwords.  Congratulations.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:19 | 2989374 A Nanny Moose
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This person gets a gold star...

username=MKOTSINONOU password=123


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:44 | 2988237 True.North
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123456 will be their % of Debt-to-GDP by the time everything is said and done.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:45 | 2988585 NewAmericaNow
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Now the Passwords have all been changed to 987654. Shh don't tell anyone.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:19 | 2988765 e-recep
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> there's nothing to protect anyway.


does that mean that greeks just bend over and wait?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:11 | 2988013 I Am Not a Copp...
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Remind me to change the combination on my luggage

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:21 | 2988081 Robot Traders Mom
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That sounds like the combination an idiot would have on his matched luggage

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:46 | 2988256 Bohm Squad
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I clicked no this story expecting to find a Spaceballs +1...!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:11 | 2988017 Shizzmoney
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That's incredible!  I have the same combination on my luggage!

Soon we will be combing the dessert for gold and silver:

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:39 | 2988210 Jason T
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:12 | 2988020 Temporalist
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US unemployment - blame Sandy

Greece leaving Euro - blame Anon

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:12 | 2988025 LoneStarHog
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123456 ... BULLSHIT! ... No government worker - anywhere - can count that high!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:14 | 2988042 Schmuck Raker
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+1000 LOL

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:25 | 2988113 thecoloredsky
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Actually some can. For instance, the Bernank's password is a combination of the print and infinity keys. But Greek keyboards apparently don't have those keys.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:28 | 2988147 Metalredneck
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Yellow sticky note on screen.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:13 | 2988027 mjorden
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I have seen those show on AETV, /hoarders

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:12 | 2988029 Schmuck Raker
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This is turning out to be quite the amusing 'lil Friday, isn't it.


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2988061 Dr. Richard Head
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I would have some here myself, but it looks as if there was a popcorn run based on the rumor that Bloomberg was about to ban it to prevent popcorn lung.  Too bad "head in the Ass" disease with all of the politiicans won't be prevented anytime soon.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:38 | 2988211 NotApplicable
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"Sitting on a park bench.

Eying vendor carts, with bad intent.

Lying in the soda hut.

Watching everyone with jumbo cups!

Hey Popcorn Lung!"

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:42 | 2988229 fuu
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<furious flute solo>

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:58 | 2989245 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Jethro Tull anthem to Mayor Bloomberg: Thick And A Prick

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:12 | 2988030 swissaustrian
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654321 would have been more appropriate, the countdown to default is still ticking...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:13 | 2988032 JSD
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That picture is definitely Sandy's fault.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:19 | 2988079 Vegamma
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It's from the archives, so actually Bush's fault.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:13 | 2988033 TraderTimm
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So, they have full access to all the bounced checks and negative accounts?

Nice - should've tried it when they actually had money.


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:25 | 2988044 Dr. Richard Head
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I think this recent hack, as well as the picture, really point to the overall incompetence of an all seeing and all knowing government.  The more of us that ignore these fucks that claim to be our kings, the quicker the bitch burns down. 

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:15 | 2988048 jbvtme
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i pray anonymous is working on the formula to disable the drones which are heading our way

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:15 | 2988050 krispkritter
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Doesn't surprise me a bit. I worked in IT for a $6Bn company where the CEO refused to even have a password and where he managed lose 3 laptops 'in the wild'. It's not like they'll be held accountable or anything... 

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:15 | 2988052 hedgeless_horseman
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For the record, I have always felt NSA staffers Anonymous are under appreciated, attractive, intelligent, and funny.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:54 | 2988306 fuu
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Did you know the Anonymous wikileaks project is called Tyler?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2988058 Phroneo
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This should reveal a lot of interesting goodies. Just in time for the Troika to review their final report draft! I hope it finds more lies and surprises, this country needs to be allowed to default... although we all know they will instead drag it out for years and never let them go until a party with balls and brains gets elected!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2988059 LongSoupLine
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I'm impressed...I didn't think they could make it that complicated.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2988063 TakeaKrugman
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Ludicrous speed, bitchez!!!!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:17 | 2988071 bugs_
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always use -1-2-3-4 nobody ever guesses negative numbers

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:18 | 2988075 Everyman
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Homer's Odessey, The enlightenment, all the gifts to civilization from the Greek People and society, and now at their "pennacle" of attainment and modern progressivism, and now ........

37% of the guys that take care of the money and financing for Greece use 12345 as a password.


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:20 | 2988091 Sweet Chicken
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I knew the Spaceball clips would be getting zinged around! lol


They've gone from suck to blow!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:23 | 2988114 Fix It Again Timmy
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654321 - super-secret and secure password.  Who could ever figure this one out? 

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:24 | 2988120 ebworthen
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Numbers are such a hassle to type, wouldn't "asdfjkl;" be easier?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:26 | 2988133 williambanzai7
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That's nothing. At the German Ministry of Finance it's 99999

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:56 | 2988313 Lloyd_Xmas
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And in France its 69696969

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:08 | 2989309 Peter Pan
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At the FED it's 666666

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:28 | 2988142 TahoeBilly2012
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Poor Greece. I'd imagine real heads will roll soon, I am wondering who's though.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:48 | 2988162 monad
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The Knights of Malta are going to be pissed. That was their slush fund...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:31 | 2988164 pods
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I wonder if Ferris Bueller snuck in and changed all their numbers?

Voila!  Greece is saved.


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:40 | 2988890 Matt
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That reminds me of the movie "Brazil", when the guy hacks into the mainframe that has all the government records of every citizen, he only erases two records, instead of just wiping the whole system.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:31 | 2988171 Diplodicus Rex
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Have you seen the lawyers fees in those docs? They are eye-watering.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:33 | 2988176 tekhneek
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Why am I not surprised?

Wonder how many were "god", "sex", "admin" or better yet "password"

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:43 | 2988228 Henry Hub
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10 Most Commonly Used Passwords Online

1. password
2. 123456
3. qwerty
4. abc123
5. letmein
6. monkey
7. myspace1
8. password1
9. blink182
10. (your first name)

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:09 | 2989014 Non Passaran
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password1 seems easy and yet impenetrable, maybe I will start using it!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 18:48 | 2989927 StychoKiller
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blink182 -- WTF, where'd that one come from?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:56 | 2988315 fuu
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Long time no see, hope all is well.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:14 | 2988420 spentCartridge
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Oh dude!

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:35 | 2988191 Gimp
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I have seen SQL servers with blank passwords for admins:  Login: SA  , Password:    

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:08 | 2989010 Non Passaran
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Because that's a best practice.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:01 | 2989267 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It wouldn't be the default if it wasn't a best practice. The vendors know what's best for you.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:43 | 2988231 Yen Cross
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Dumpsters don't need password protection...

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:44 | 2988243 unrulian
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Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:46 | 2988252 surf0766
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Boner says no cliff. Just a long downward slope

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:49 | 2988272 Simon
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I am pretty sure it is the next debt target in millions.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:51 | 2988285 americanspirit
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Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:51 | 2988286 A Lunatic
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Funny how they never hack anything worth hacking...............

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:52 | 2988295 Rathmullan
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Sure that's not the account balance?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:53 | 2988301 Bold Eagle
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Any doubts the same is happening here in state/federal offices? That's one of two passwords the majority of gov workers can remember (the other one is using user name as a password).

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 12:54 | 2988304 AgLand
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Who cares about Greece, when they hack the FED I'll be duly impressed... And interested.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:06 | 2988365 resurger
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Reminds me how Hugh Jackman hacked the FBI site in "Sword Fish" + he got a free blowjob.

I thought they would use a Blow Fish encryption of some sort... I WAS SO WRONG!


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:12 | 2988406 apotheoun
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umm, i hope this article isnt real and its just a Friday joke... otherwise the world is more screwed than I thought, and that is saying something.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:21 | 2988455 UGrev
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HA! They missed one.. It was 1234567atenine

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:25 | 2988477 slackrabbit
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even their  passwords are lazy!


Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:54 | 2988623 Nothing To See Here
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Today's quizz : How many spiderman towels are hidden in the picture above and held as AAA collateral?

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:57 | 2988642 SmittyinLA
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I know for a fact that photo came from the Los Angeles County Assessors office. 

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:08 | 2988696 q99x2
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Makes you wonder why 6. Must be a left hand keyboard thing.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:36 | 2988858 yogibear
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Just so many VPNs, US social security numbers as well as security passwords are held in Indian outsourcing companies. Seems like a goldmine for international criminals. 

Even US government agencies have private info in India.  

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:35 | 2989127 earleflorida
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Who needs passwords when you can virtually track every phone/data[input-output] call [reach out and tell me about yourself] in the world?  What's that you say ;-)>

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:21 | 2989057 earleflorida
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  Freeing Julian Assange from spreading lies about the Truth!!!  @ USSA/??? 

ref:  *Recently in Obama Administration Category

attn: ** The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault of freedom and a mockery of Journalism!  (rowan 9/19/12)

thankyou tyler

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:25 | 2989078 schadenfreude
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The files are quite interesting, if you know to read kyril letters

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:48 | 2989179 Likstane
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I wonder why the padding is rubbed off that chair.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:21 | 2989379 Bunga Bunga
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Those accounts are all fake anyway, just fake persons collecting salary for a few real people.

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