U.S. State Department hacked by Anonymous
Anonymous recently hacked into the U.S. State Department. The hacktivists successfully stole personal data, which includes private email addresses and phone numbers of government employees and published them online as part of 'Operation Last Resort'.
Anonymous has successfully taken down, or rather, infiltrated another federal government website. This time it is the U.S. State department website. In addition to the hack, the group stole personal data from hundreds of State department employees and published it online.
The data stolen included private and work e-mails, phone numbers and addresses that were immediately published to the ZeroBin website. The hactivists also said the recent hack was a protest to the recently arrested members of LulzSec.
A message accompanying the government data post to ZeroBin read in part,
Our reasons for this attack are very simple. You've imprisoned or either censored our people. We will not tolerate things as such. You don't see us going around censoring everything that is inappropriate or we do not like. Basically, you tried to put an end to us and you got owned, there's nothing more you can say or do. You took away Topiary, Avunit, Neuron, Pwnsauce, lolspoon, Aaron Swartz shall we go on?…
This recent hack by Anonymous is all part of a series of efforts the group has been doing in the name of the late Aaron Swartz who was facing a long prison term and a hefty fine for breaking into the MIT library. Swartz committed suicide and many people close to Swartz said that it was the U.S. federal government that drove him to take such drastic measures. Following his death Anonymous immediately began hacking websites and also began publishing notices saying that it was all part of their ‘Operation Last Resort’.
In addition to the federal government being hit, the investment firm George K. Baum and Company, was also hit. It has been suggested that the firm was hit because of their help in assisting the CIA with their ties to Stratfor, which is a private intelligence agency.
The stolen data from the investment firm purportedly included personal account holder data along with other account transaction information. In a public statement via Twitter, the username that goes by the handle “OpLastResort’ said the attacks were for the, “basis for reform of computer crime laws and the overzealous prosecutors.”
Just last month Anonymous successfully hacked the U.S. Sentencing website as part of their Operation Last Resort and transformed the website into the classic arcade game, Asteroids. To date the website still has a message saying that it was still ‘under construction’. The USSC operates as an independent agency to the U.S. Judiciary branch of government.