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Hacker groups connected with Anonymous systematically pick off high-profile targets

The collective hacker group Anonymous has continued its online assault against high profile targets ranging from companies to state and federal governments.

In their most recent attacks, Anonymous bumped the CIA's website offline for a short time, while also targeting people in the state of Alabama. CIA confirmed they are investigating the security breach, which appears to be sophisticated DDoS attacks. Also targeted, the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association saw the personal information of at least 150 police officers published on the internet.

In addition to the U.S. government and U.S.-based companies, a number of foreign governments have drawn the wrath of Anonymous. Included on the attack list, Anonymous is targeting Israel, claiming the government is "trampling the liberties of the masses," using both political bribery and media deception in order to control their citizens. In addition, Croatian political candidates and other Eastern European authorities have been targeted for their support of anti-piracy and pro-government efforts.

Hackers loosely connected with Anonymous attacked a state database used for overdue traffic tickets and other minor fines.  More than 45,000 people had their personal information stolen as a result of the data theft. Names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers were compromised alongside criminal records and license plate numbers of those in the database -- and the network intrusion was in response to "recent racist legislation in an attempt to punish immigrants as criminals."

Earlier in the month, Anonymous admitted to spying on a secret phone conference between the FBI and the Scotland Yard. The group also attacked UFC President Dana White, a major figure head for the No. 1 mixed martial arts program, for White's support of SOPA and PIPA.

Unfortunately, some of the sensitive information released by Anonymous was of a Las Vegas, Nevada, woman unrelated to White -- and her phone number and personal address was released, with harassing and threatening messages continuing for days.

However, the official Twitter account for Anonymous, @YourAnonNews, relayed a message indicating that some attacks reportedly committed by Anonymous may not have been carried out by the group.

The actions of Anonymous have been supported by some, but others have called them vigilantes hurting Internet users. As the hacker group operates from a growing list of presumed enemies, authorities have largely been unable to hinder those responsible.

Sometimes legal action has been threatened, but actual court enforcement would likely prove to be difficult against such a scattered group.  Instead of showing public disgust, the Boston Police Department sidestepped explanation as to why they were attacked by Antisec.  Instead, the BPD PR team decided to post a tongue-in-cheek video on the Internet discussing the heartbreak felt because the site was hacked.

Sources: BBC, RT, MyCE

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RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Kurz on 2/13/2012 1:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Not surprised, my bank was warned by the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) to increase our White customer numbers. We opperate in a minority town of Koreans and Latinos. Hard to bring in anything but those groups.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Beenthere on 2/13/2012 1:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
For those who don't know... hacking is a crime - no matter what you reasoning is for hacking. That's why hackers go to prison.

If you believe the laws of society are unjust then there is a legal process to work toward changing them. Hacking is NOT a legal nor effective means to change law.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Etsp on 2/13/2012 1:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
If you believe the laws of society are unjust then there is a legal process to work toward changing them. Hacking is NOT a legal nor effective means to change law.

In regards to hacking in particular, I agree; however, sometimes legal means of changing unjust laws are simply not enough.
One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

I would like to note that I certainly do not believe these hackers are even CLOSE to being like the Civil Rights Movement. The laws they are breaking are not the laws they are protesting against.

However, unjust laws must be fought, through legal means and peaceful (but not always lawful) protest.

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Sazabi19 on 2/13/2012 1:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Seems effective at getting attention. Most people are lazy now and just take whatever comes at them and roll over. People can't ask for change in a civilized manner and expect anything it SEEMS like. The Tea Partiers are made out to be crazies and fanatics by new media, the Wallstreet people are just an embarrasment, and Anon is actually getting attention. The govt is getting too large and will soon start to shut down protests about the govt I fear. I really don't like where our country is heading. I vote when I can for what I can to make a difference. I have an account on the website to try to help push against bills I don't like, but there is only so much someone can do in a corrupt environment. Lobyists and money talk, not the majority, and not the people. Look up ACTA sometime, just another prime example. Information is going to become the enemy here, just as it is in other countries.

By telescopic on 2/13/2012 5:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
Senator Hatch from Utah thinks the Government should start blowing up Computers without due process:

RE: More criminals to go to prison
By Invane on 2/14/2012 12:27:23 PM , Rating: 2
Civil disobedience has historically been a common way of protesting unfair law and policy with roots all the way back to our own country's founding and the Boston Tea Party (and further back in others, of course...we certainly didn't invent it).

What happens at the point you DO have a corrupt system and trying to protest the system is in itself unlawful? Sure, there is some 'lawful' means to change the law. But it's not going to happen. Much like the 'legally binding arbitration' clause in many modern day EULA agreements, the deck is stacked for the people in power. If this is the case, you can bet that attempting to use that system to achieve any real change is going to be an exercise in futility.

Saying that something is a crime no matter what your reasoning is a pretty close minded viewpoint. There is a difference between illegal and immoral. There is a point that the law is oppressive and unjust. Saying that anyone who commits a crime needs to go to prison has become an ignorant statement in my opinion. This gentleman estimates the average person commits three felonies per day:
This means YOU are likely a criminal, no matter your reasoning or ignorance of the circumstances. It's just a matter of whether they want to put you in jail.'re not making waves, so they probably won't use their stick on you.

As far as hacking being ineffective towards changing law, the 'hacking' you are downplaying has been very successful in bringing global attention to the issues that the hackers are rebelling against. This in itself is success to some degree.

This is not a black and white issue except to two groups of people: those who benefit from the status quo; and those who believe what the ruling party feeds them through the media. Which are you?

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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