Anonymous leaks 1.7GB worth of Bureau of Justice data

The Anonymous group isn't afraid to mess with the big guys, and they are at it again. This time, releasing 1.7GB worth of data from the United States Bureau of Justice, including the entire database of the organization, as well as internal emails.

It's not clear what the intent was here, with the Bureau of Justice being a small part of the US Department of Justice that provides statistics relating to crime in the United States. The post over at AnonNews doesn't enlighten much about the hack either, however it seems the release is the group expressing it's disdain of the US government.

We're not entirely sure what's in the archive, that's popped up on popular torrent sites, past a database and internal emails, but it could well be personal details of criminals in the United States. The Department of Justice admitted today to RT that one or more users had accessed a server belonging to them and that they were performing an investigation.

Other major releases by Anonymous have included the leak of Symantec code to the internet, as well as the release of a DOJ investigators internal emails. Anonymous also performed a denial of service attack on the DoJ website earlier this year in response to Megaupload being taken offline.

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These attacks don't achieve anything besides giving arguments to those wanting to restrict freedom on the internet.

They do prove, however, that most web sites are vulnerable to very simple attacks that could be easily avoided if some thought had been given to security.

But what data.... for all we know its information on worker rotation schedules like janitors along with emails of it lol.

Fear makes us irrational. It hardly allows the higher mental faculties to be utilized in an efficient manner. We lose much of our good judgement and reasoning abilities when we're under fear. This is what the government hopes to accomplish, and so far, they've succeeded, but not to the extent they desire yet. Please stand strong for your freedoms and rights before we all become slaves to this New World Order.

It wouldn't surprise me if this "Anonymous" happens to be a covert government operation perpetrated to scare people into accepting more intrusive internet regulations. We must be careful with the things we're told for fear of being misled into giving up more of our freedoms. The freedoms we now enjoy were bought with the blood and sacrifice of our forefathers - it took many years to consummate - just don't allow fear to overwhelm our higher mental faculties. Remember, it was once said, "only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

BioWeapon said,
It wouldn't surprise me if this "Anonymous" happens to be a covert government operation perpetrated to scare people into accepting more intrusive internet regulations. We must be careful with the things we're told for fear of being misled into giving up more of our freedoms. The freedoms we now enjoy were bought with the blood and sacrifice of our forefathers - it took many years to consummate - just don't allow fear to overwhelm our higher mental faculties. Remember, it was once said, "only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~I think Benjamin Franklin, but might be wrong.

Anonymous are simply a collective if ignorant, evil people. They are TERRORISTS. Someone needs to take them out. Permanently.

ScubaDog said,
Anonymous are simply a collective if ignorant, evil people. They are TERRORISTS. Someone needs to take them out. Permanently.

Because freedom fighters are bad, right? Do you trust your government?

Anonymous has not hurt anyone, has not tortured anyone, has not infringed on your freedoms or rights. So what if they hack a few systems and release some government documents - the documents should be publicly available anyway. The government should be accountable to it's people, it should not hide things or lie to us. We should know where our tax dollars go - all of them.

It's not for our protection when the government tries to pass a law which allows private companies (your internet service provider) the ability to provide your personal information to another party at no risk of breaking other laws which disallow such practices.

When government officials are being paid by companies to pass laws which allow them to screw you over for a better profit, the system has broken.

When government officials running for office spout "change", promising not to vote on things which will allow for more bailouts, promising not to allow companies to get away with their misdeeds, then after being elected have a change of mind and do the complete opposite - how is this serving the will of the people?

The days of the will of the people mattering in politics are long gone.

Anonymous are not terrorist, they are freedom fighters. They don't fight with guns, or violence. They fight with knowledge. Knowledge is power, and they are empowering the people with knowledge of what the government is doing, things the government hides from you, and lies to you about.

Now you know the truth.

And they are the bad guys?

bkellner said,

Because freedom fighters are bad, right?

They're "freedom fighters" all right. In the same way we say "firefighters" and "crimefighters".

They end up causing even more lockdowns.

PeterTHX said,
They end up causing even more lockdowns.

Anonymous doesn't write the laws, they don't cause anything. The government causes more lockdowns, and you know just as well as I do that they're probably looking for any little excuse to do so. Anonymous may be that excuse this time, but you'd better believe that it would have been something else if not Anonymous.

Midnight Mick said,
IMO, who gives a **** what Anon does, their just retards.

I love when people call other people retards in posts with grammar fails. *they're

Why does Anonymous hate the U.S. so much? I mean, they keep on preaching about freedom of speech this & freedom of speech that, when they forgot that freedom of speech is the very 1st amendment. Yes, the very 1st, so basically it's the #1 right in the U.S. But no, they have to DDOS everything in sight. What, are they afraid that their gonna arrest them for what they do on 4chan or something? They get arrested anyways for DDOS'ing...

MASTER260 said,
Why does Anonymous hate the U.S. so much? I mean, they keep on preaching about freedom of speech this & freedom of speech that, when they forgot that freedom of speech is the very 1st amendment. Yes, the very 1st, so basically it's the #1 right in the U.S. But no, they have to DDOS everything in sight. What, are they afraid that their gonna arrest them for what they do on 4chan or something? They get arrested anyways for DDOS'ing...

really nice right sure, what western country censors the most?

Shadowzz said,

really nice right sure, what western country censors the most?

Communist ones. (Something that, during the Cold War, was America's worst enemy.)

MASTER260 said,
Why does Anonymous hate the U.S. so much? I mean, they keep on preaching about freedom of speech this & freedom of speech that, when they forgot that freedom of speech is the very 1st amendment. Yes, the very 1st, so basically it's the #1 right in the U.S. But no, they have to DDOS everything in sight. What, are they afraid that their gonna arrest them for what they do on 4chan or something? They get arrested anyways for DDOS'ing...

They didn't DDoS this website/agency...

Tech Greek said,

They didn't DDoS this website/agency...


The article disagrees. & even if, "they," claim they didn't do it, anyone who says their in Anonymous is in Anonymous because it was originally a meme where anyone who was anonymous on the internet would act like some sorta secret society or something... At least, that's my understanding.

MASTER260 said,

The article disagrees. & even if, "they," claim they didn't do it, anyone who says their in Anonymous is in Anonymous because it was originally a meme where anyone who was anonymous on the internet would act like some sorta secret society or something... At least, that's my understanding.

That's a pretty poor assessment of the situation. That's like saying anyone wearing a Nixon mask is a bank robber, it doesn't make it so. Anyway, the US government has gone crazy. We may have freedoms and rights, but over the course of history the government has violated those rights in quite a few cases.

MASTER260 said,
Why does Anonymous hate the U.S. so much?...
That's rhetorical, right? Probably the same reasons the rest of the world hates America...

I'd name them all but that would create a 1.7GB post.

bkellner said,

That's a pretty poor assessment of the situation. That's like saying anyone wearing a Nixon mask is a bank robber, it doesn't make it so. Anyway, the US government has gone crazy. We may have freedoms and rights, but over the course of history the government has violated those rights in quite a few cases.

Show me a perfect government. Heck, show me anything run with thousands of individuals that's perfect.

bkellner said,

That's a pretty poor assessment of the situation. That's like saying anyone wearing a Nixon mask is a bank robber, it doesn't make it so.


Except Anonymous started out as a meme where they pretend to be a, "group." Again, my understanding is that it started when some guy called people who prefer to remain anonymous on the internet a, "hive mind," & everyone was like, "Hey, let's actually act like the hive mind he speaks of for lols." But, since they're pretending, anyone who says their a part of it is a part of it.

KCRic said,
That's rhetorical, right? Probably the same reasons the rest of the world hates America...

I'd name them all but that would create a 1.7GB post.

No, not rhetorical. Just because back when he was president Bush acted like a d***hole to other countries doesn't mean the country itself is bad. It's not, "The greedy empire that wants to ruin everyone's lives," heck, the U.S. hasn't expanded on the 50 states since G-D knows how long! We just try to protect ourselves; why do you think all our wars are in other countries these days? The whole reason we have those wars is cuz we're afraid of another 9/11 & having our citizens get hurt anyways kinda defeats the purpose! Admittedly, that was Bush's argument, but still...

PeterTHX said,

Show me a perfect government. Heck, show me anything run with thousands of individuals that's perfect.

Who said anything about being perfect? I was just wondering why Anonymous thinks we have no freedoms when in fact we do, &, unfortunately, it had to create an argument where you think I said they were perfect. Were just good, like any other democratic country. I just don't like it when Anonymous thinks we're bad...

MASTER260 said,

Except Anonymous started out as a meme where they pretend to be a, "group." Again, my understanding is that it started when some guy called people who prefer to remain anonymous on the internet a, "hive mind," & everyone was like, "Hey, let's actually act like the hive mind he speaks of for lols." But, since they're pretending, anyone who says their a part of it is a part of it.

No, not rhetorical. Just because back when he was president Bush acted like a d***hole to other countries doesn't mean the country itself is bad. It's not, "The greedy empire that wants to ruin everyone's lives," heck, the U.S. hasn't expanded on the 50 states since G-D knows how long! We just try to protect ourselves; why do you think all our wars are in other countries these days? The whole reason we have those wars is cuz we're afraid of another 9/11 & having our citizens get hurt anyways kinda defeats the purpose! Admittedly, that was Bush's argument, but still...

Who said anything about being perfect? I was just wondering why Anonymous thinks we have no freedoms when in fact we do, &, unfortunately, it had to create an argument where you think I said they were perfect. Were just good, like any other democratic country. I just don't like it when Anonymous thinks we're bad...

The reason why anonymous thinks America is bad at the moment, is because they seem to be throwing their weight around quite a bit in terms of global authority. I mean, that whole mega upload fiasco was just an absolute embarrassment. Piracy at best is a civil case, yet they called in the local SWAT teams to raid the house as if they was some kind of drug dealer. And to put the icing on the cake, he was in another dam country outside of their jurisdiction! Now for some reason, I don't think that had anything to do with being a threat to America.

When America started to attack the Internets freedoms, And tryed to implement measures which are the sort of things executed in countries such as Korea, that is when they were knocking on the door of anonymous themselves. When it comes to anonymous, nobody messes with the Internet. If you do, they are just begging for the most brutal and darkest side of the collective to aim all their manpower towards them. Scientology was threatening to track down anonymous members, who were uncovering dark secrets within the cult. And look how well that turned out for them.

"releasing 1.7GB worth of data from the United States Bureau of Justice, including the entire database of the organization, as well as internal emails."

Really? That's it? The entire database and internal emails amounts to 1.7GB? They must not be doing much then....

Odom said,
"releasing 1.7GB worth of data from the United States Bureau of Justice, including the entire database of the organization, as well as internal emails."

Really? That's it? The entire database and internal emails amounts to 1.7GB? They must not be doing much then....

If it's compressed 1.7GB of e-mails can be quite a fair bit but yeah even so that sounds rather small. Maybe one mailbox.

It's not just 1.7GB of emails, apparently the database is also included, so that would be in addition
Must be some really good compression

MasterSasuke said,
They never said they leaked the entire database, just 1.7GB of datum

It states they did in the first paragraph.
"including the entire database of the organization, as well as internal emails."

Odom said,
"releasing 1.7GB worth of data from the United States Bureau of Justice, including the entire database of the organization, as well as internal emails."

Really? That's it? The entire database and internal emails amounts to 1.7GB? They must not be doing much then....

I really doubt that they would be sharing high-res vacation photos. It would mostly constitute of text , lots and lots of text.