Anonymous claims it has breached NATO servers

The well known hacker group Anonymous is still attacking servers around the world, including apparently military organizations. CNet's News.com reports that one of the group's members, known only as "Commander X", claims that Anonymous has access to servers owned and operated by NATO. The hacker also claims that Anonymous has been "downloading databases" from those servers and eventually plans to release the info from the databases to the public. However "Commander X" added, "but with these big classified dumps we like to take our time analyzing exactly what it is we have. That way we can do the disclosures in such a way as to maximize the political impact of the release."

In fact, Anonymous has already released two NATO files that have been classified as "restricted", which is the lowest level of security for NATO files. "Commander X" claims that it is working all the time to continue to access NATO servers, saying, "If the Op is active, it never ceases because there is always someone in the world awake and at least monitoring the chan and news feeds. All the media and the world see is when we release something, but the effort to do these Ops is relentless and continuous." So far NATO has yet to comment.

Earlier this week it was reported that the FBI had staged raids all over the US and also arrested 16 people who allegedly are linked to the Anonymous group. In addition, the group's newly launched social networking web site, Anonplus.com, got hacked and defaced by a rival hacker group.

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However "Commander X" added, "but with these big classified dumps we like to take our time analyzing exactly what it is we have. That way we can do the disclosures in such a way as to maximize the political impact of the release."

So basically Anonymous isn't any better than the people they are attacking. Releasing information without disclosing the full context is distortion of the truth to server ones own purpose and is exactly the kind of thing they accuse others of doing.

ZenPirate said,
Why don't they shoot for something really interesting, like data from the Chinese gov't.....

Why worry about what the Chinese are doing when we're having issues keeping out own government in check?

ZenPirate said,
Why don't they shoot for something really interesting, like data from the Chinese gov't.....

Because they are probably harder to hack

ZenPirate said,
Why don't they shoot for something really interesting, like data from the Chinese gov't.....

Because Anonymous don't know chinese.

zikalify said,
For all the haters out there. Go check AnonymouSabu on twitter. He's getting flooded with support. Just saying.

So you're hoping that after haters have seen how much anons are supported they will fallow the crowd?
These supporters probably are Justin Bieber fans who anyway sit all the time on twitter searching what to do while waiting for a new Bieber music video release.

TsMkLg068426 said,
So do UFOs exist Anon? Do I need to put tin foil on my head?

Yes, a UFO exists until it is identified, then it is something else.

NyaR said,

Yes, a UFO exists until it is identified, then it is something else.

By the word "UFO" non military people usually mean alien spacecraft or secret future technology aircraft.

Has anyone pointed out that Anon isn't really the problem here? That if a group of nobodies can gain access to classified information during their off-time during high school that hostile foreign nations could also gain access (or already have and are keeping mum about it)?

Relativity_17 said,
Has anyone pointed out that Anon isn't really the problem here? That if a group of nobodies can gain access to classified information during their off-time during high school that hostile foreign nations could also gain access (or already have and are keeping mum about it)?

That's exactly what I've always thought. I don't care that they get data like this, but there should be better security to prevent it.

Yeah, I've always found it rather silly that people freak out at Anon and LulzSec, but no one freaks out at the servers lack of security. As if its ok to have terrible security, as long as no ones going after your files.

Relativity_17 said,
Has anyone pointed out that Anon isn't really the problem here? That if a group of nobodies can gain access to classified information during their off-time during high school that hostile foreign nations could also gain access (or already have and are keeping mum about it)?

Maybe they are genius'?

atMac said,
Yeah, I've always found it rather silly that people freak out at Anon and LulzSec, but no one freaks out at the servers lack of security. As if its ok to have terrible security, as long as no ones going after your files.

Given enough time and enough people, nothing is full proof. You say lack of security, and yet I'd wager you have no idea what security measures are in place or how they compare to other systems.

thornz0 said,
Given enough time and enough people, nothing is full proof.

Maybe so, but when people go on day in and day out about how they're "script kiddies" and nothing but kids with too much time on their hands, it really doesn't make these companies and organizations look any better...

atMac said,
Yeah, I've always found it rather silly that people freak out at Anon and LulzSec, but no one freaks out at the servers lack of security. As if its ok to have terrible security, as long as no ones going after your files.

Do you know what is scary?.
Most of the security is managed by russian, chineses, east-european countries and India.

Israel is selling panacea to other countries, UK is not caring about it, USA is prosecuting any hacker and outsourcing their security for private companies / other countries and the rest of Europe (excluding Germany) is not investing in real security.

Relativity_17 said,
Has anyone pointed out that Anon isn't really the problem here? That if a group of nobodies can gain access to classified information during their off-time during high school that hostile foreign nations could also gain access (or already have and are keeping mum about it)?

The bigger the organization the harder it is to secure. All it takes is one weak link.

Relativity_17 said,
Has anyone pointed out that Anon isn't really the problem here? That if a group of nobodies can gain access to classified information during their off-time during high school that hostile foreign nations could also gain access (or already have and are keeping mum about it)?

Maybe I shouldn't say, but it's probably controlled leaks to see how far Anon can go, and leaks that NATO or any organization would have 'leaked' anyway.

So why should I want sensitive information to be released? There's usually a reason for it to be classified. To protect people a pretty big one. Conspiracies be damned.

Northgrove said,
So why should I want sensitive information to be released? There's usually a reason for it to be classified. To protect people a pretty big one. Conspiracies be damned.

To protect people from information? Yeah, I am obviously too stupid to know the truth or I will hurt myself.

NyaR said,

To protect people from information? Yeah, I am obviously too stupid to know the truth or I will hurt myself.

The reason why so much stuff is restricted or high classifications is because it puts people's lives at risk if that information is released.

Un4given said,

The reason why so much stuff is restricted or high classifications is because it puts people's lives at risk if that information is released.


+1

NyaR said,

To protect people from information? Yeah, I am obviously too stupid to know the truth or I will hurt myself.
And watergate happened because of spies were dying because the release of information. It was meant to steal the information back not give Nixon a leg up on his oponents.