Anonymous releases mass government data among other sensitive info

The mark of the now disbanded LulzSec was reminisced today when Anonymous released government contracts, VPN credentials and private emails in keeping with their latest plan, Operation Anti-Security.

The operation that initially gained attention when LulzSec released masses of information under its name, today had another major leak added to its reputation. In what Anonymous call ‘Fuck #FBI Friday II’ the group leaked a vast information from a government-contracted IT Company named IRC Federal.

In a statement Anonymous said “They brag about their multi-million dollar partnership with the FBI, Army, Navy, NASA, and the Department of Justice, selling out their "skills" to the US empire. So we laid nuclear waste to their systems, owning their pathetic windows box, dropping their databases and private emails, and defaced their professional looking website.”

As Anonymous is a very large group, it means that the chances of catching those behind the leaks are minute compared to that of the group of six that were said to have made up LulzSec.

Anonymous followed up the statement by saying “In their emails we found various contracts, development schematics, and internal documents for various government institutions including a proposal for the FBI to develop a "Special Identities Modernization (SIM) Project" to "reduce terrorist and criminal activity by protecting all records associated with trusted individuals and revealing the identities of those individuals who may pose serious risk to the United States and its allies". We also found fingerprinting contracts for the DOJ, biometrics development for the military, and strategy contracts for the "National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Weapons Complex".

Additionally we found login info to various VPNs and several Department of Energy login access panels that we are dumping *live* complete with some URLs to live ASP file browser and upload backdoors - let's see how long it takes for them to remove it (don't worry we'll keep putting it back up until they pull the box ;D)”

Anonymous made it clear that they are against White hats, but one must ask himself whether putting such sensitive information into the wild is really worth their cause. It’s clear that Anonymous think so, but what about the average user?

The group seem to be keen on creating a real revolution over Internet privacy and security as they later said “If you place any value on freedom, then stop working for the oligarchy and start working against it. Stop aiding the corporations and a government which uses unethical means to corner vast amounts of wealth and proceed to flagrantly abuse their power. Together, we have the power to change this world for the better.”

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You people ever think that maybe the reason US Gov is so silent is that they're doing this to themselves? Think about it, what better way to control/convince people into thinking that more security is needed then by creating this little situation?

One thing that irritates me, is how Twitter apparently doesn't care that they are involved with a crime ring. Why isn't the Government raiding the twitter servers? Seeing as they seem to love hanging out there and Twitter seems to love them.

It just gives them a place to "brag" about their crimes.

I think its time the FBI puts out a reward for the arrest of the leaders of Lulzsec and Anon. But only if they get convicted of it and are the true group leaders. Someone would eventually snitch on them.

TsMkLg068426 said,
What does anon know about politics? All they are a bunch of child molesters. Blah! Bunch of commie idiots.
And they kill bunnies tooo............................ /s

What a stupid post.

While the more correct response from the gov bureaucrats & contractors would be to tighten their security, plugging whatever holes, I expect this will just help the gov, giving them prime talking points as they try to justify adding more regulation/legislation. There are plenty of politicians, not to mention many in the current administration, who are getting just what their play books needed -- concrete examples they can use to build a sense of fear & need among the majority of the people so they won't mind [too much] when the gov takes a bigger role.

The author, Tom Dwyer, must be stupid or something... How does that statement say anything about "Internet privacy and security"?

This sounds like a statement from Lulzsec members rather than actual Anon. They sound just as classless, anyway - Anon doesn't write statements in this manner from my experience.

zikalify said,
Why not? You aren't breaking the law in anyway.

I'm no expert, don't think it would be piracy but wouldn't this fall under receiving stolen property if anything?

Max Norris said,

I'm no expert, don't think it would be piracy but wouldn't this fall under receiving stolen property if anything?

I'd have to agree with this. As much as it's tempting to download, it was kind of the same thing with the "insurance' file from wikileaks. There's a grey area with it. Is it stolen property? Piracy? Or what.

I wouldn't recommend it, but if it floats your fancy then go for it.

Nah, I don't think it's going to get ugly, their doors won't bust off their hinges, or anything else. At most they might arrest a couple of "suspects", but will be ultimately unable to prove anything. I have a feeling that if they were going to do anything to these groups like Anonymous, they would have done it prior to something like this taking place. It just goes to show that the world governments are not as omnipotent as they would like us all to think.

CoMMo said,
Nah, I don't think it's going to get ugly, their doors won't bust off their hinges, or anything else. At most they might arrest a couple of "suspects", but will be ultimately unable to prove anything. I have a feeling that if they were going to do anything to these groups like Anonymous, they would have done it prior to something like this taking place. It just goes to show that the world governments are not as omnipotent as they would like us all to think.

you sure? when they start tampering with the quoted stuff they are messing with pretty dangerous people,really not a good idea to start poking them

evo_spook said,

you sure? when they start tampering with the quoted stuff they are messing with pretty dangerous people,really not a good idea to start poking them

They took down HBGary a long time ago, which is/was contracted out to provide computer security to the US government. They defaced one of the websites of Infragard, a civilian counterpart to the FBI that effectively spies on American civilians, and they hacked the CIA. I could be dead wrong, but at least at this point in time it does not seem apparent to me that the US federal government has the means to catch these people.

evo_spook said,
oh dear, some how I don't think they'll be acting so tough when their front door suddenly busts of its hinges

Not if they aren't in the US.

KavazovAngel said,

Not if they aren't in the US.

erm, Police breaking into a criminal/terrorist house isn't a US only thing I think you'll find lol

You know, it was kinda funny when it was PSN and all that, but they are really starting to dive into some dangerous territory. What happens with their actions release something that gets someone hurt or killed like undercover agent info or something like that. I am all for a little anarchy, proving a point, or some hactivism, but... where does the line get drawn? And really in the end, who is going to suffer for it, the legitimate computer users will... im sure of it.

Ogmius said,
And really in the end, who is going to suffer for it, the legitimate computer users will... im sure of it.

Definitely, if they decide to do something drastic as a total net outage. Then again that would lead to one bitter revolution. >.>

Ogmius said,
but they are really starting to dive into some dangerous territory.
I understand its not the same thing at all. But in Libya etc the rebels dived into dangerous territory. It's the way revolutions work and anon want a revolution.

zikalify said,
I understand its not the same thing at all. But in Libya etc the rebels dived into dangerous territory. It's the way revolutions work and anon want a revolution.

Rebels? You mean NATO + Al Kaeda united forces?

Ogmius said,
You know, it was kinda funny when it was PSN and all that, but they are really starting to dive into some dangerous territory. What happens with their actions release something that gets someone hurt or killed like undercover agent info or something like that. I am all for a little anarchy, proving a point, or some hactivism, but... where does the line get drawn? And really in the end, who is going to suffer for it, the legitimate computer users will... im sure of it.

u mad?

Sigh...let's comprimise national security just for fun. I don't think they'll be laughing when the power grid is hacked and they have no more computer or internet because it was destroyed by terrorists when they released somekind of sensitive info....(just a possibility).

Mr. Black said,
Sigh...let's comprimise national security just for fun. I don't think they'll be laughing when the power grid is hacked and they have no more computer or internet because it was destroyed by terrorists when they released somekind of sensitive info....(just a possibility).

BREAKING NEWS! this just in!
not everyone on the internet is American!

why would a bunch of kids from Spain or south korea (random examples) care about American national security? and lets not even mention that is Anon is leaking this crap I'm sure people who are much better at this then them have already sold this info to the bogey man you're so terrified of 100 times over already.

twist said,
why would a bunch of kids from Spain or south korea (random examples) care about American national security?

Because perhaps we could go to WAR against them (or at least their parents ha-ha) over it.

Mr. Black said,
Sigh...let's comprimise national security just for fun. I don't think they'll be laughing when the power grid is hacked and they have no more computer or internet because it was destroyed by terrorists when they released somekind of sensitive info....(just a possibility).

TBH it would have been worse if the information was leaked to a small number of people rather than everyone, at least this way the gov know exactly what was compromised/

Mr. Black said,
Sigh...let's comprimise national security just for fun. I don't think they'll be laughing when the power grid is hacked and they have no more computer or internet because it was destroyed by terrorists when they released somekind of sensitive info....(just a possibility).

The other side of that statement is, if they can get in, what is stopping actual terrorists from getting in?