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“CISPA is a poorly drafted bill that would provide a gaping exception to bedrock privacy law,” says EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. “While we all agree that our nation needs to address pressing Internet security issues, this bill sacrifices online privacy while failing to take common-sense steps to improve security.”
Sky NewsSky News – 7 Apr 2013 Hackers associated with activist group Anonymous are being blamed for an attack which targeted Israeli government websites. The defence ministry, the education ministry and the Central Bureau of Statistics were reportedly among those attacked.
By Eduard Kovacs | February 26th, 2013 Anonymous hackers accuse Bank of America of paying contractors to spy on them and the Occupy movement. After doing some detective work, the hacktivists claim to have found a large amount of data on Anonymous collected by a BoA sub-contractor called TEKSystems. They say they’ve found evidence that BoA has been monitoring some of the main Anonymous IRC networks and social media channels. “Anonymous are revealing details that implicates the Bank of America with spying on the public, a topic normally associated with the FBI and CIA,” Anonymous members stated.
Confirms source for 4,000 leaked banker logins By John E Dunn | Techworld | 07 February 13 The US Federal Reserve has admitted that hackers were able to breach one of its websites on Sunday, almost certainly the source for 4,000 bank executive logins leaked by Anonymous on the same day. Although the reported admission steered clear of The organisation said that no critical systems were affected by the attack which it said was caused by an unspecified software flaw. "The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a source told news agencies, connecting the attack to Anonymous in all but name.
Summary: Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4000 American bank executive credentials its Operation Last Resort, demanding US computer crime law reform. By Violet Blue for Zero Day | February 4, 2013 Following attacks on U.S. government websites last weekend, Anonymous seems to have made a new "Operation Last Resort" .gov website strike Sunday night.
By Darren Pauli on Jan 27, 2013 6:11 PM Anonymous has hacked the US Sentencing Commission and is threatening to release sensitive information it claims it stole from the agency. Members of the hacktivist collective defaced the agency's homepage with a video message detailing what it claims was an extensive hacking expedition into the agency's network during which time the claimed sensitive data was stolen. Nine AES 256 bit encrypted files dubbed 'warheads' have been distributed via file sharing sites and over Bittorrent. Anonymous says it will release the decryption key for the files if the US Government does not acquiesce the groups' demands pertaining to the lessoning of penalties for computer crime.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission website has been hacked a second time. A code distributed by Anonymous "Operation Last Resort" turns ussc.gov into a game of Asteroids. By Violet Blue for Zero Day | January 28, 2013 -- 00:06 GMT (16:06 PST) The U.S. Sentencing Commission website has been hacked again and a code distributed by Anonymous "Operation Last Resort" turns ussc.gov into a playable video game. Visitors enter the code, and then the website that sets guidelines for sentencing in United States Federal courts becomes "Asteroids." Shooting away at the ussc.gov webpage reveals an image of Anonymous. The trademark Anonymous "Guy Fawkes" face is comprised of white text saying, "We do not forgive. We do not forget."
Published Thursday, Jan 24 2013, 12:24pm EST | By Mark Langshaw Anonymous hacker Christopher Weatherhead has been handed an 18-month jail sentence for carrying out a series of high-profile distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The 22-year-old was previously convicted of hacking into the websites of Visa, Mastercard and PayPal, costing the latter an estimated £3.5 million, Sky News reports. Fellow Anonymous members Ashley Rhodes and Peter Gibson were tried alongside Weatherhead at Southwark Crown Court, receiving seven months in jail and a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, respectively.
2012/11/17 | By Nathaniel Downes Through the website Wonkette today, the hacker collective Anonymous released a statement on the election, and the content of the statement is an eye opener:
International Business Times November 15 2012 11:32 PM The hacker collective Anonymous said Thursday it is harassing and disabling Israeli websites to protest the bombing of Gaza. The attacks are not limited to government websites, NBC reports. Dozens of ".il" and otherwise Israeli-associated sites have been taken down or defaced. The coordinated action began at 3 a.m. Thursday EST, the New York Times reported. Hackers attacked Web sites belonging to the Israel Defense Forces, the prime minister’s office, Israeli banks, airlines and security companies by flooding them with Web traffic, in a campaign they called #OpIsrael. Anonymous announced the campaign on the file-sharing site PasteBin, which allows anyone to place and access simple text documents.
by Lindsay Watling | 06 November 2012 Hundreds of masked protesters descended on Parliament in a Guy Fawkes-inspired anti-government protest. Operation Vendetta, organised by hacker-activist group Anonymous, began in Trafalgar Square at about 6pm yesterday. Tracked by a police helicopter, the group marched down Whitehall to Parliament Square where they launched fireworks into the Palace of Westminster. Traffic had to be diverted from the east side of the square after a dozen demonstrators lay down in the middle of the road. Others shouted “shame on you” at police through megaphones and one woman tried to climb the parliamentary compound.
By George Jones | Nov 03, 2012 9:41 AM PDT (RNN) – As Guy Fawkes Day quickly approaches, it remains to be seen if international hacker group Anonymous will make good on its threat to take down Facebook. Threats surfaced early this year that the group would attack Facebook for what it called violation of users' privacy rights. It also threatened to make attacks on game maker Zynga. Fawkes was a Catholic revolutionary in the 1600s who joined Robert Catesby's plot to assassinate Protestant King James. Nov. 5 is a British holiday dedicated to Fawkes, but its fame has spread worldwide. "Hacktivists" have taken up the spirit of his fight more than 400 years ago and applied it what it calls modern-day injustices by large organizations.
By Donna Anderson | September 25, 2012 On September 22 the Daily Caller reported that the city of Philadelphia and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson had been targeted by Anonymous because of a dispute over a vacant lot between the city of Philadelphia and small business owner and developer Ori Feibush. On his blog, PleaseFixPhilly.com, Feibush explains how he's ended up being the subject of a lawsuit initiated by the city of Philadelphia.
Here it is, the usual compilation for the Cyber Attacks in the first half of September, a period which has apparently confirmed the revamping of hacktivism seen in August.
By Chenda Ngak | Sep 10 2012 | Updated 4:53 p.m. ET (CBS News) GoDaddy, the domain registrar and Web hosting company, experienced outages Monday, perhaps taking millions of websites down as a result. "Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it," @GoDaddy tweeted. While GoDaddy.com's site is up and running, websites hosted by the company are still experiencing outages. "Some services are back online," a GoDaddy spokesperson told CBS News. "It's been intermittent and impacted our site and some of our customer sites. It started at about 10 a.m. PT and we are working to restore all service."
TelegraphTelegraph – Sep 6 2012 Sony (Stuttgart: 853687 - news) said hackers stole details belonging to hundreds of its mobile unit clients, the latest in a string of cyberattacks to hit the embattled Japanese electronics giant. A group calling itself "Null\Crew" said it had attacked a mobile communications server, with a Sony spokesman said on Thursday, confirming the cyber thieves had grabbed information belonging to 400 customers in mainland China and Taiwan. Null\Crew, which reportedly has links to international computer hacking group Anonymous, posted online usernames, e-mails and some passwords along with a statement critical of the Japanese firm, AP reports.
- RT.com | 04 September, 2012 A hacktivist group associated with Anonymous claims it has lifted over 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) from an FBI computer and released 1 million of them as an archive. The leaked data includes names, phone numbers and addresses. “During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java,” boasts the hacking group.
August 22, 2012 Paolo Passeri First of all, let me begin with great news: The Cyber Attacks Statistics page is complete with all the data collected so far: I created and inserted even the charts for January, so I am currently covering (and will cover) the whole 2012.
Defacement “Tarantina Style” by Paolo Passeri | August 10, 2012 The city of Taranto is famous worldwide for its delicious mussels “Tarantina Style” with tomato soup, chilly pepper and garlic. Unfortunately in these days Taranto is also the unvoluntary protagonist of the ILVA affaire, a paradoxical situation typical of Italy.
1 August 2012 A French company that has trademarked the logo and slogan of Anonymous "will not go unpunished", the hacking collective has said. Paris-based Early Flicker registered the distinctive image of a headless suited figure for use in France. It also registered the phrase: "We are Anonymous, We do not forgive, We do not forget. Expect us." In a YouTube video, Anonymous said it "will take down any business they have going on the internet". "The 99% will not stop until the registration has been revoked and a public apology has been made," it continued, making reference to the Occupy protest movement in the US.
By Zach Walton · 12 Jul 2012 It was pretty awesome to see the Internet come together to beat back SOPA and PIPA. It was one of the defining moments of the Internet, but many people knew it wasn’t over. Like the end of a particularly good film, the villain vows he will return for a sequel as he is cast into oblivion. Unfortunately, Rep. Lamar Smith just said SOPA three times and now a part of it is back in a new bill he’s sponsoring.
Summary: Anonymous has a new mission: Operation PedoChat. Yes, that's right. The hacktivist group is once again targeting pedophiles; its crosshairs are currently aimed at some 100 websites. By Emil Protalinski for Zero Day | July 10, 2012 -- Updated 01:58 GMT (18:58 PDT) Over the weekend, the hacktivist group Anonymous apparently grew tired of pedophilia and decided to launch Operation PedoChat (#OpPedoChat). Several websites used by pedophiles to trade questionable images and videos of children have already been taken down.
A photo on the Greek ministry of justice website after it was hacked by Anonymous in February 2012. Anonymous came in first place in Time Magazine’s 2012 online poll on the most influential "person" in the world. by Catherine Solyom | MyParticularUtterance.com Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X, sits atop a hillside in an undisclosed location in Canada, watching a reporter and photographer make their way along a narrow path to join him, away from the prying eyes of law enforcement. It’s been a few weeks of encrypted emails back and forth, working out the security protocol to follow for interviewing Doyon, one of the brains behind Anonymous, now a fugitive from the FBI.
Source: Macworld Twitter has lost a fight in which it challenged a court order to turn over public but now deleted Twitter messages written by an Occupy Wall Street protestor without being served a search warrant. The social networking site was served with a subpoena on Jan. 26 asking it for the tweets and account information of Malcolm Harris, who has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly marching with hundreds of others on the Brooklyn Bridge last October in defiance of police orders.
Published: 08 June, 2012, 19:34 Users of the Aryan-Front.com “white community” Web forum were greeted with an eye-opening memo from hacktivists when they tried to log-on to the message board Friday morning: you should have expected us. Members of the loose-knit hacktivism collective Anonymous defaced the popular white power website Aryan-Front.com this week and say that their assault on the nationalism group has only begun. According to tweets dispatched from accounts associated with Anonymous, the group is preparing to release an archived collection of forum posts and private messages lifted from the Web community.
Anonymous hacks APGENCO site (News)
The screenshot of the hacked website of the Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited (www.apgenco.gov.in). Photo: Special Arrangement (The Hindu) by K. Srinivas Reddy | The Hindu | HYDERABAD, May 29, 2012 Agitation for internet freedom claimed its first cyber victim in Andhra Pradesh, when Anonymous, a coalition of hacktivists, hacked the website of AP Power Generation Corporation Limited and added a page to it. The hacked website continued to host the additional page at http://www.apgenco.gov.in/anon.html
The group is likening itself to the Internet version of a "bat signal”. Image from internetdefenseleague.org Published: 27 May, 2012, 19:26 Inspired by fruitful virtual protests against the SOPA and PIPA online piracy bills, Internet activists have united their forces and formed an organization to protect the web from “bad laws and monopolies.” The idea of an Internet Defense League was first suggested by Tiffiniy Cheng, the head of the Fight for the Future nonprofit group. It has already been supported by activists and web companies who reach millions of Internet users, like Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social news web-site Reddit, and Craig Newmark, founder of the free online classified network Craigslist.
By Adrian Chen | Gawker.com | May 21, 2012 3:51 PM In a press release, Anonymous hacker claim to have leaked 1.7 GB of data stolen from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, a Department of Justice agency that collects and analyzes crime data. The file has been leaked to The Pirate Bay. The press release and accompanying YouTube video (above) bills the leak "Monday Mail Mayhem" but doesn't offer much clue as to what's in there:
Anonymous hacking collective joins anti-Nato protests and takes Chicago government websites offline. By Gianluca Mezzofiore | May 21, 2012 10:33 AM GMT Anonymous has attacked and taken down the websites belonging to the city of Chicago and the Chicago police in solidarity with anti-Nato protesters. The main portals for the city of Chicago and the Chicago police department were unavailable due to the DDoS attack. A member of the hacking collective called AntiS3curityOPS claimed responsibility for the attack with a YouTube video, which was later removed.
By Karoun Demirjian | Las Vegas Sun | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 2 a.m. Every summer, the hacker community’s best and brightest convene in Las Vegas to discuss the latest in security technology — and the best ways to circumvent it. What keeps them in business year after year is a credo firmly rooted in reality: that it’s impossible to achieve full cybersecurity. This year, Congress is determined to at least start proving that wrong. The government’s motivation is fraught with urgency: The nation’s top defense officials and senior lawmakers believe that, in this day and age, there is no bigger national security threat to the United States than the cybervulnerabilities that come with the country’s data dependence.
Source with Video 1 May 2012 Last updated at 15:20 ET Peter Fein is a self-described "hacktivist" and member of the international hacker group Anonymous. This loose collection of hackers has gained notoriety by aiming DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks on government and corporate websites since 2010. The targets have ranged from the US Department of Justice to Sony and Visa. As befits the name Anonymous, most members have chosen to keep their identities secret - especially after dozens of alleged hackers were arrested in a series of government crackdowns in the US and Europe.
CISPA News (News)
This thread is for tracking information on CISPA and anti-CISPA protests. First, here's... What Everyone Who Uses The Internet Needs To Know About CISPA By Annie-Rose Strasser and Scott Keyes on Apr 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm Congress is on the cusp of passing a new bill that could threaten any internet user’s civil liberties. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a digital equivalent of allowing the government to fight perceived threats by monitoring which books citizens check out from the library, passed the House yesterday and will now be taken up by the Senate.
By Gianluca Mezzofiore | April 24, 2012 10:36 AM GMT Hackers belonging of the UGNazi group have launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the CIA official website, taking it offline. The assault was initially claimed by Anonymous hacking group, but later it admitted hacktivists UGNazi had brought down the website supposedly to protest against an anti-piracy bill called Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Cispa).
Written by: Dan Metcalf Jr. | Reported by: Marcos Ortiz | Updated: 6:22 pm | Published: 11:16 am SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Court documents show that a 21-year-old Ohio man has been indicted for hacking into the Salt Lake City Police and Utah Police Chiefs websites. John Anthony Borell III was arrested in late March during the investigation. Prosecutors allege that Borell is part of the 'Anonymous' hacking group responsible for other intrusions into other state, local, federal and corporate sites in acts of political and social opposition.
by Michael Stone | National Anonymous Examiner This week those claiming to represent the international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous announces Operation Cannabis (#OpCannabis), a new campaign to end cannabis prohibition and promote the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. Operation Cannabis is currently being promoted by numerous Twitter feeds associated with Anonymous, including @YourAnonNews, one of the largest Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous, boasting over 500,000 followers.
By Joshua Kopstein on April 9, 2012 09:57 am
USTelecom's website goes down for about 24 hours due to a distributed denial-of-service attack By Grant Gross, IDG News Service April 09, 2012 03:19 PM ET Hacktivist group Anonymous has hit the United States Telecom Association and TechAmerica with distributed denial-of-service attacks, apparently for the trade groups' support of a controversial cybersecurity bill in the U.S. Congress. Anonymous posted a YouTube video showing USTelecom's site down Sunday, and the site was down for about 24 hours, according to a USTelecom spokesman. The trade group discovered that the site was down at about 6 a.m. Monday, he said.
By Emil Protalinski | ZDnet | April 7, 2012, 3:23pm PDT Summary: Anonymous has launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) against multiple UK government websites. The group is not pleased with the UK government’s plans to monitor Internet users. The hacktivist group Anonymous today hacked multiple U.K. government websites over the country’s “draconian surveillance proposals” and “derogation of civil rights.” At the time of writing, the following websites are down: homeoffice.gov.uk (Home Office), number10.gov.uk (10 Downing Street - British Prime Minister’s Office), and justice.gov.uk (Ministry of Justice).
7 April 2012 Last updated at 19:11 ET The hacking group Anonymous is alleged to have disrupted access to the Home Office website, apparently in protest at government policies. The website became inaccessible at about 21:00 BST on Saturday; a message blamed "high volume of traffic". Later, a low-graphics version of the website became available at times. One message on Twitter said it was a protest against "draconian surveillance proposals" but another claimed it was over extradition from the UK to the US. The Home Office said it was monitoring the situation "very closely". There were also claims on Twitter that the 10 Downing Street website had been targeted as part of the same protest.
Pastebin post allegedly written by pro-Occupy suspect also claims poor treatment by agents By Matt Liebowitz | MSNBC.com | updated 4/5/2012 3:53:21 PM ET Federal agents have arrested a Texas man believed to be involved in the CabinCr3w hacking group, an Anonymous-like collective that gained infamy for attacking the website of the Texas Department of Public Safety and for its online attacks in support of the Occupy protesters.
By Dave Neal | The Inquirer | Mon Mar 26 2012, 15:47 HACKERS CALLING THEMSELVES Anonymous have threatened Google's video sharing web site Youtube with attack if it does not restore access to a closed-down account. Youtube has pulled down Anonymous videos before, but it has never raised this much ire. At issue is the web site's blocking of an account belonging to users called Theanonmessage over a video related to the Kony viral video that spread earlier this month. Anonymous Messenger @TheAnonMessage URGENT: #Anonymous vs #YouTube | Please Retweet and share this: youtu.be/wdDAQfGxjX4 | @YourAnonNews @BreakingNews - 25 Mar 12
Hacktivists exposed details of 170,000 people on militarysingles.com, as the LulzSec reboot appears to be gaining steam. By Mathew J. Schwartz | InformationWeek | March 27, 2012 09:13 AM Picking up the mantle where LulzSec left off, a new group calling itself LulzSec Reborn this week announced that it had hacked a military dating website and released usernames and passwords for 170,937 subscribers.
Insider attack data breaches are down in 2011, but hacktivist attacks, with motives beyond money, are up, reports Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report. By Mathew J. Schwartz | InformationWeek | March 22, 2012 09:15 AM Call 2011 the year that hacktivism became the leading cause of data breaches. Notably, 58% of all data stolen in 2011 didn't go missing for monetary-gain purposes, as has traditionally been the case. Instead, it was obtained and leaked by hacktivist groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec.
By Michael Lee, ZDNet Australia, 15 March, 2012 17:16 Anonymous has launched its own operating system, Anonymous-OS, which fits out wannabe hackers with a suite of tools that they could use to get started on a path of hacking. The operating system is based on the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu 11.10, and uses the Mate desktop, a variant of the Gnome 2 desktop. Anonymous-OS is available only as a live CD or a live USB, and can be downloaded as a torrent or via Sourceforge.
Thursday, 03.15.2012, 12:04am In solidarity with the Occupy AIPAC movement, the hacker collective Anonymous reportedly took down the website of the powerful American pro-Israel lobby on Sunday, March 4, while sending a message to the organization in a Youtube video. An account closely linked with the leaderless "hacktivist" group issued the following statement: “AIPAC is now our enemy. We're calling for an occupation of AIPAC and the destruction of their websites. Make them pay for their crimes." The site was back up and running just prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to AIPAC. Referencing Obama’s “defense” of AIPAC, Anonymous also stated that U.S. supporters of Israel are seeking to “lobby for more wars, more destruction and more death.”
Turning the tables on Big Brother: Now internet users can watch who is spying on them in blow against Google's new snooping policy (News)
Hackers identifying themselves with the Antisec movement have attacked the site of a company that sells equipment to US law enforcers such as the police. A message posted over New York Ironwork's homepage said it was a "tribute to Jeremy Hammond". Mr Hammond has been accused of being involved in an attack on the think tank Stratfor last year and was arrested in Chicago on Monday. This marks the second breach explicitly linked to the FBI's swoop. The bureau also charged five other men with computer crimes, including Lulzsec's "leader" Hector Xavier Monsegur - known as Sabu - who helped officers with the crackdown after pleading guilty to 12 criminal acts.
Electronic Countermeasures was inspired by the communications blackouts that stalled the Egyptian protests of 2011. During the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the government unplugged the Internet. Protesters were left without Internet, and thereby the ability to communicate even locally, instantly. Electronic Countermeasures is a project by Liam Young of think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Unknown Fields Division, with assistance from Eleanor Saitta, Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu, and Superflux. The project is essentially an autonomous, roaming Internet swarm, constructed from repurposed UAVs.
Hackers identifying themselves with Antisec have attacked the website of Panda Labs' anti-malware products. It follows yesterday's arrest of an alleged member of the movement alongside others linked to the Lulzsec hacking collective. The site's front page was replaced with a message saying "Love to Lulzsec/Antisec fallen friends". It accused the firm of having helped police arrest other hackers last month. The company denies the claim. The group Lulzsec and hackers involved with "Operation Antisec" all identify themselves under the wider Anonymous heading. Panda Lab's Spanish parent company, Panda Security, said it was investigating the intrusion but said it could assure its customers that none of their information had been compromised.
6 March 2012 Last updated at 13:53 ET Seven alleged hackers based in the US, UK and Republic of Ireland have been charged with crimes related to computer attacks said to have affected "over one million victims". The FBI said that five of the men were involved in the group Lulzsec, while a sixth was a "member" of Antisec. It said that Lulzsec's "leader" Hector Xavier Monsegur had pleaded guilty in August to 12 criminal charges. The BBC understands Mr Monsegur subsequently co-operated with the FBI. It is believed that this action helped lead to the other accusations.
Website crashes briefly following Interpol's announcement of the arrest of 25 suspected members of the hacking group by Ben Quinn | The Guardian | Tuesday 28 February 2012 Interpol's website appears to have been the victim of a cyber-attack after the international police agency announced the arrests of 25 suspected members of the hacking activist group Anonymous in Europe and South America. The website went down briefly on Tuesday as supporters of Anonymous made online claims that it had been targeted following the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain. It was quickly back up and running but was loading slowly.
Belfast Telegraph | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 The Anonymous hackers group claims it has broken into the website of a US company whose tear gas has been used against demonstrators in Egypt. In a statement posted on the internet, hackers accused Combined Systems of being war profiteers who sell "mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world." Anonymous has claimed a series of web attacks worldwide and has increasingly focused on security companies, law enforcement and governmental organizations. The group has often worked in tandem with the Occupy protest movement in the US and has expressed solidarity with the pro-democracy activists across the Arab world.
Forbes.com | 2/12/2012 @ 5:43PM | 9,600 views Anonymous seems to be active in the growing unrest in Greece: the websites for the Prime Minister, the police and Parliament are both currently unavailable as the shadowy hacker organization weighs in against the government as the debt crisis grows worse and worse. “TANGO DOWN” reads twitter posts for each website, military-speak for a downed hostile.
by Lance Whitney February 9, 2012 6:28 AM PST (Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET) Apple supplier Foxconn now has another crisis on its hands. A group of hackers known as Swagg Security is taking credit for a breach of Foxconn network security, resulting in the theft of usernames, passwords, and other private information.
Hackers have claimed responsibility for making the CIA website inaccessible on Friday - the latest attack on a US federal agency. A Twitter post on a feed used by hackers' collective Anonymous said "CIA Tango down", a phrase used by the US Special Forces after killing an enemy. Anonymous said in another tweet that just because it reported a hack, that did not mean it carried out the attack. This would not be the first time the CIA website has been put offline. In June 2011, a group affiliated with Anonymous, Lulz Security, temporarily brought down the agency's homepage.
By Elizabeth Flock | Washington Post | 02:30 PM ET, 02/03/2012 Anonymous has struck — and struck again. Early Friday, the FBI said that hackers from the well-known collective had intercepted and released a confidential conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard. A few hours later, Anonymous announced that it would release a massive archive of e-mails concerning the 2005 deaths of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians during a U.S. raid in the town of Haditha.
Stratfor Intelligence Leaked by Anonymous Reveals Spying on Occupy Movement and Deep Green Resistance (News)
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 14:43 View documents released by Anonymous here: http://pastebin.com/67P3vMJB Internet group Anonymous has leaked information from October and November 2011 suggesting that private intelligence firm STRATFOR has been working with Texas law enforcement to infiltrate the Occupy movement and spy on the Deep Green Resistance movement.
By Robert X. Cringely | InfoWorld | February 03, 2012 The spooks are spooked, as the hacktivist group captures a private phone call between the FBI and Scotland Yard Memo to the G-men on both sides of the pond: If you're hoping to catch the bad guys, it's generally a good idea to not let them listen in on your private conversations -- especially when the conversations are about them. International law enforcers just learned this the hard way after members of Anonymous managed to record a phone conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard about -- yes -- Anonymous. How did Anonymous pwn the feds? It was pretty easy.
Hackers take over Boston Police Department website; message cites handling of Occupy Boston protest Boston police are working this morning to restore their website after it was apparently hacked by a person or group who who objected to the department’s handling of the Occupy Boston demonstration. “It is unfortunate that someone would go to this extent to compromise BPDNews.com, a helpful and informative public safety resource utilized daily by community members seeking up-to-date news and information about important safety matters,” the department said in the statement.
- AnonOps | Wednesday, 1 February 2012 FBI director tells a Senate committee Hackers will one day outstrip terrorists as top threat to U.S.. Attacks predicted to become more complex and frequent. Cyber attacks against government agencies and businesses in the United States continue to rise, and cyber threats will one day surpass the danger of terrorism to the United States, intelligence community officials said in an open hearing of the Senate select intelligence community Tuesday.
Sunday 29 January 2012 | Katie Razzall | Channel 4 News Tampa Support for "hacktivist" group Anonymous is at an all-time high. But as Katie Razzall asks, is the group acting out of an anti-authority ethic or simply hacking for its own sake?
Saki Knafo | Huffington Post | Posted: 1/30/12 12:20 PM ET | Updated: 1/30/12 02:35 PM ET [...] Phoenix wasn't around when the Jan. 19 attack went down, but later that night, I found him in an Anonymous chat room and asked him to explain the motivations behind it. "You've heard Anons say before that this is a war," he said. "A full scale information war. That's not mere propaganda, many regard that as a perfectly accurate description. And the stake at play is, simply, 'Who will control access to information? Everyone or a small subset?'" In case it wasn't clear, he then labeled that subset: "The government." THE WAR
In a powerful and unique display of virtual prowess Anonymous hacktivists deleted the entire CBS website. The website went down late Sunday morning, and was off line for approximately 20 minutes. by Michael Stone, National Anonymous Examiner In a fury over the government shut down of popular file-sharing website Megaupload, Anonymous has gone ballistic. In an extraordinary performance earlier this week, Anonymous hacktivists successfully disabled multiple government and entertainment websites in an action dubbed Operation Megaupload (#OpMegaupload). Sunday’s attack on CBS is a continuation of Operation Megaupload.
by Kit Eaton | FastCompany | Fri Jan 20, 2012 #OpMegaupload, a reaction by the hacktivists group Anonymous to a strict takedown of file-sharing site Megaupload (and the arrest of employees) on piracy charges, has been pretty successful in disabling the websites of the Department of Justice, the MPAA, the RIAA and others.
Fast reactions to the shutdown of Megaupload serve as a stark reminder of how tough it will be to fight online piracy By Ted Samson | InfoWorld | January 19, 2012 In the wake of today's shutdown of content-sharing site Megaupload for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous has taken credit for knocking out the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Warner Music Group, BMI, and Universal Music, all supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) now being considered by Congress -- while crowing that the Megaupload service is up and running via a new website.
by James Crugnale | 4:13 pm, January 12th, 2012 During CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, reporter Amber Lyon from the network’s Special Investigations unit took an undercover look at the secretive group, Anonymous, which has dominated the news for the past few years including recent involvement with the Occupy movement. What they discovered might surprise viewers. Lyon spoke with one of the group’s members, who went by the codename “Troy”. “There’s no specific person that talks for us,” Troy divulged to Lyon. “It’s more like a hive. An idea is brought up and whoever agrees with it, if the overwhelming majority of people agree with it, then we go with it.”
By AMY CHOZICK | New York Times | January 13, 2012, 5:49 pm The online activist group known as Anonymous, which has targeted opponents of the Occupy Wall Street movement and businesses that stopped providing services to WikiLeaks, has set its sights on a new adversary: media executives.
By KSEE News Fresno | January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM PST
Hackers Against Neo-Nazis The loose-knit hacker collective Anonymous has a new target in its sights: Germany's far-right scene. The group has launched a new WikiLeaks-style website publishing confidential data obtained from the far-right NPD party and other extremist groups. It's all part of an ongoing war on neo-Nazis that the group has dubbed Operation Blitzkrieg. They have taken on PayPal, the Syrian government and Mexican drug cartels. Now members of the shadowy hacker collective Anonymous have set their sights on right-wing extremists in Germany.
Chris Davies, Jan 3rd 2012 Sony and Nintendo have dropped support for the controversial SOPA bill, backtracking on what has been accused as a pro-censorship push by legislators amid threats of internet attack from groups like Anonymous. Both companies are now absent from the official list of supporters [pdf link] of the Stop Online Piracy Act, along with games publisher Electronic Arts, though it’s unclear how much of the decision – by Sony Computer Entertainment, at least – was swayed by Anonymous’ threats to target first the PlayStation Network and then individual executives at the firm.
By Ian Paul, PCWorld | Dec 28, 2011 1:05 PM Members of the hacker collective Anonymous claim they have stolen about 14,000 user passwords and 8,000 credit card numbers from SpecialForces.com, a military and law enforcement equipment retailer. The data breach occurred several months ago, according to Anonymous, but the group only now decided to post the data online. The purloined password list had reportedly been posted online several weeks ago as well.
By Sean Captain | WIRED | December 27, 2011 7:42 pm “I don’t want to say we’re making our own Facebook. But, we’re making our own Facebook,” said Ed Knutson, a web and mobile app developer who joined a team of activist-geeks redesigning social networking for the era of global protest. They hope the technology they are developing can go well beyond Occupy Wall Street to help establish more distributed social networks, better online business collaboration and perhaps even add to the long-dreamed-of semantic web — an internet made not of messy text, but one unified by underlying meta-data that computers can easily parse. occupy
By Dave Copeland / December 27, 2011 3:57 PM Twitter appears to have forwarded a subpoena requesting user information to at least one of the owners of the accounts in question, despite a request from the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney's office that the request not be disclosed "to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the ongoing criminal action" regarding the hackitivist group Anonymous and events surrounding the Occupy Boston protest.
'Anonymous' hacks thousands of credit card numbers from security firm... and gives money to charity (News)
By Associated Press | December 25, 2011 - 11:45pm The loose-knit hacking movement 'Anonymous' claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals' accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards. Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor's confidential client list, which includes entities ranging from Apple Inc. to the U.S. Air Force to the Miami Police Department, and mining it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.
Are browser add-ons the key to defeating SOPA? by Chris Richardson | WebProNews | December 20, 2011 @ 9:42am As the world of SOPA continues to turn, the emergence of a simple Firefox browser add-on may render the potential punitive actions of these protection acts null and void; or, at least ineffective, if not outright useless. Firefox, which already boasts an outspoken stance against SOPA, and has already shown they are willing to stand by add-on developers who create circumvention extensions designed to go around measures currently employed by Homeland Security, has welcomed a new add-on, one that is designed to circumvent whatever SOPA website blacklists that are created, provided the bills become law.
By Connor Adams Sheets | International Business Times | December 19, 2011 4:07 PM EST NDAA, SOPA, Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous may be off-limits on Twitter. As Twitter users who extensively discuss those topics continue to find their accounts being shut down or otherwise restricted, it seems increasingly likely that the phenomenon is more than a coincidence. My Twitter account was severely limited for a little less than an hour Monday afternoon in a pattern of what appears to be censorship sweeping across the social media site.
Uploaded to YouTube by insightoutnews on Dec 21, 2011 The House Judiciary Committee will continue mark-up of the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation on Wednesday December 21, 2011 after serious public pressure halted last week's markup session. We interview Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute on the legislation.
By Meridith Levinson | CIO US | 15 November 11
RT.com | 16 December, 2011, 22:28 Hacktivists are continuing their mission to take on politicians causing the collapse of constitutional rights in America, with operatives from the online collective Anonymous keeping up a campaign against the signers of controversial legislation.
December 18, 2011 Source: Voice Of Detroit Wednesday, “Internet hacktivists gathered on the Web to find a way to take on the lawmakers, who have allowed for this detrimental legislation to make it all the way to the Oval Office desk,” according to Russia Today. “Upon discussion of routes to take to show their opposition to the overwhelming number of politicians who voted in favor of NDAA, Anonymous members agreed to begin with Senator Robert J Portman, a Republican lawmaker from the state of Ohio.
by An4rchist | unelected.org | on December 17th, 2011 In retaliation for the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which this year included a provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens, a couple of documents were released–by various groups–of the Senators and Congressmen who voted for it. A ~2000 line text file containing the home addresses, phone numbers, and various other fun facts about the aforementioned politicians was dumped on PasteBin some time last night: @doxcak3 with help from cabincr3w and p0isanon
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- Madison Ruppert | ActivistPost.com | Friday, December 16, 2011 Infographic: Electronic Frontier Foundation Just weeks ago Trevor Eckhart, a security researcher and Android operating system developer, discovered a mysterious process running in the background of his Android-based device.
by Neal Ungerleider | Fast Company | Mon Dec 12, 2011
Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut. By Patrick Miller, David Daw, PCWorld These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it's organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we've seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you're trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can't rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections. Do-It-Yourself Internet With Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi
From Anonymous to the SCADA attack that wasn't; was this the year of the advanced persistent threat? By Ellen Messmer, Network World December 01, 2011 01:48 PM ET Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password.
By Simone Wilson | LA Weekly | Thu., Dec. 8 2011 at 9:15 AM Photo by Ted Soqui Not everyone's buying L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's glowing review of police performance during last week's raid of Occupy L.A. A hacker group under Twitter handle @CabinCr3w just published the personal information of about two dozen LAPD officers on Tumblr. The crew has been badgering various police departments across America for what many suspect to have been an orchestrated joint crackdown on Occupy Wall Street.
By Shyamantha Asokan | THE WASHINGTON POST On a rainy November morning in Northern Virginia, at a cafe where elderly women are meeting for pastries, Andrew Lewis is hacking into one of the most tightly controlled police states in the Middle East. “The more you know, the more you can help,” he murmurs, as his scan of Syria’s cyberspace throws up lists of servers. His 6-foot-6-inch frame hunched over his laptop, Lewis skims the codes at lightning speed and clicks on one of the servers that process and direct Syrian Internet traffic — but then he is asked for a password. He guesses it correctly on his second attempt.
- GMA News | December 6, 2011 8:23am Hackers claiming to be working with hacktivist group Anonymous broke into a United Nations website, leaking data of US President Barack Obama. The Hacker News reported the hackers from "Team Sector 404" attacked the Spanish website for the UN Refugee Agency ACNUR. "Group claims to be working with Anonymous. Hackers (were) able to breach site with SQL Injection vulnerability," it said. After attacking the site, the hackers posted Obama’s email address, username, password, phone number and a login ID on a Pastebin.com page. The screenshot on The Hacker News story gave the URL as pastebin.com/4kAf776r.
[Press Release: Cenzic – Mon, Dec 5, 2011 9:00 AM EST] Security Company Offers Predictions for Cybersecurity Threats in 2012 1. Social Networking Threats Social networking security threats will continue to persist, but login information won't be the target for hackers. Instead, hackers will use social networks like Facebook to mine the data of company employees. Using this information, cybercriminals will devise more sophisticated phishing attacks in order to infiltrate corporate environments to steal private data. 2. Mobile Threats
By Eliot Van Buskirk | WIRED.com | December 5, 2011 | 1:37 pm One of the most recognizable hallmarks of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been its “human microphone,” a technique through which protesters make speeches louder without the use of megaphones, which are banned from the protests. (Amplifying sound outdoors requires a permit in New York.) The concept behind the human microphone is simple: The crowd repeats in unison what the speaker has said, chanting each sentence in succession so that people farther away can hear it. Depending on your point of view, it’s either inspiring or tiresome. The Inhuman Microphone does essentially the same thing — except it uses iPhones instead of human voices.
By Stephen Box | LAprogressive.com | December 2, 2011 The LAPD’s full-force eviction of Occupy LA from City Hall Park left a very crowded high road in its wake as the Mayor, the LAPD, and the occupiers all shared credit for their commitment to respect, restraint, and cooperation as the two month long occupation came to an end. An estimated 1400 LAPD officers participated in the well planned operation to evict the Occupy LA encampment which had swelled to about 1000 participants who had prepared for the confrontation with training in nonviolent civil disobedience. As the LAPD shed its hard core reputation and as the Occupy LA movement held to its nonviolent principles, it was the media who caved in and who were left behind as casualties on the battlefield.
by Lisa Lockwood for Anonymous Dkos There has been some discussion regarding the role of Anonymous in the protests called "Occupy Wall Street", protests that are now spreading throughout the country. Some have stated their disdain for Anonymous, calling them mask wearing cowards who are simply attention seekers latching on to Occupy Wall Street late in the game to garner publicity. Some have said Anonymous is just now jumping on a suddenly popular movement to gain approval or legitimacy, or are just showing up in their masks for the lulz.
Hackers move against the UN who they call the "overseer of many atrocities" Kerry Butters - TechWatch - November 30, 2011 3:42 pm Hacktivist group TeaMp0ison have published login details which it claims come from a hack carried out on the United Nations. The group, who have affiliations with Anonymous, published the email addresses, usernames and passwords of over 100 UN workers in protest against the organisation, which they described as “a senate for global corruption”.
by Michael Stone | National Anonymous Examiner | November 20, 2011 Sunday, Anonymous hacktivists assaulted PERF because of their alleged involvement in coordinating police crackdowns on Occupy protests across the country. Anonymous hacktivists assaulted PERF, the Police Executive Research Forum, by taking down their website and releasing the private information of Sherwin B. “Chuck” Wexler – Executive Director at PERF.
by Sarah Kessler | Mashable.com | November 14, 2011 Protesters at Zuccotti Park have enough resources to satisfy a small village: hot food, live entertainment, even a library. But perhaps their most effective resource comes from a nine-foot-high pole known as the “Freedom Tower”, usually stationed at the southwest corner of the park and currently being redesigned to run on batteries charged by a biodiesel generator. It’s free WiFi, but not as you know it.
By Tristin Hopper, Postmedia News November 14, 2011 A hacker group is standing up for Occupy Toronto protesters, threatening to unleash a cyber attack on the city if it interferes with the month-long demonstration. TORONTO — The notorious hacker group Anonymous is threatening to have the City of Toronto “removed from the Internet” if city officials move forward with plans to evict the Occupy Toronto camp. “The brave citizens of Toronto are peaceful and well mannered occupiers, and we will not let the city . . . get involved,” says a computerized voice in a Saturday video by the group. Anonymous has previously stated it would ignore the Occupy Canada movement unless it saw an “interruption” to the protests.
By Ben Berkowitz | REUTERS NEW YORK | Tue Oct 4, 2011 6:00pm EDT (Reuters) - In 2011 in America, what passes for a revolution is a frightening tangle of wires, power strips, routers and gas generators underneath a canopy in the center of a park. That fire hazard of a mess is at the center, literally and figuratively, of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protesters who have disrupted lower Manhattan since mid-September have assembled the means to blast out their message -- if they can agree on what they fighting for. "Whoever controls the media, the messages, controls the culture," read a ratty cardboard sign that Connor Petras held at the corner of a major downtown intersection.