I am specifically referring to this over at bitcointalk.org.
The general consensus I gathered from reading the thread is that this is not a hoax. There seems to be a group of generated bitcoin addresses that can be considered weak where its private key can be recovered in a reasonable amount of time. There's currently no known way to determine if a given btc address is weak or not.
What is not clear to be me is how it is able to accomplish this. What is the basic idea behind this attack that allows it to even work? Explain it to me like I was 5, if possible. Is this is a potential break of the ECC algorithm?