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Anonymous’ Stratfor hack outs intelligence officials across the world

RT:

The hackers responsible for a Christmas Eve attack on consulting firm Stratfor released more information over the weekend, this time divulging email addresses, log-ins and passwords for thousands of affiliated parties.

Among those affected by the dump of data include hundreds of officials within both the US and UK intelligence communities, as well as the American armed forces. Roughly 19,000 email addresses ending in the domain extension .mil for the US military were published in the leak. John Bumgarner, a cyber-security expert at the US Cyber Consequences Unit, mulled over the data for the UK’s Guardian and said that info on 173 individuals deployed in Iraq were among those published in the latest posting.

Also targeted in the latest leak are 242 staffers with NATO and two men on the who’s who of twentieth-century American politicians: former Vice President Dan Quayle and Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under the Nixon administration.

Stratfor, a Texas-based consulting firm, was victimized by hacktivists believed to be aligned with the online collective Anonymous. On December 24, 2011, initial information on the infiltration was first published to the Web, which has since been punctuated by a sprinkling of other data dumps, including the latest over the weekend. Millions of emails have also been obtained by the group, though the correspondence remains to be revealed to outsiders.

Once made public, however, the rest of the data uncovered in the attack could serve as some serious fodder for lobbying complains against those with ties to Stratfor.

“The Stratfor operation may yield the most revelatory trove of information ever seized by Anonymous,” Barrett Brown, an operative close to the hack, tweeted on Christmas Eve. To the Daily Mail, Brown added that the emails could “provide the smoking gun for a number of crimes of extraordinary importance.”

Anonymous strikes back

The hacktivist group, Anonymous, has been rather quiet lately. The recent arrest of an alleged key player of LulzSec, Jake Davis, is to blame for the lull.

Davis, also known as “Topiary,” was arrested at his home in Scotland by an e-crime unit in late July.

Now the 19-year-old’s arrest has become the key motive for the latest attack.

Anonymous on Thursday added another casualty to their list, Texas law enforcement, with a massive email, internal documents and addresses leak.

Anon made their intentions clear in a statement that was released to the web:

“We are doing this in solidarity with the ‘Anonymous 16’ PayPal LOIC defendants, accused LulzSec member Jake Davis ‘Topiary,’ protesters arrested during #OpBart actions, Bradley Manning, Stephen Watt and other hackers and leakers worldwide,” the group said.

Anon said they’ve been laying dormant in Texan law enforcement servers, getting ready for this instance. Now Anonymous has exposed 3 gigabytes of Police Chief emails and shutdown their website.

The email dump brings racism and bigotry out in the open to what was supposed to be confidential police chat.

Robert Wieners, police chief of Friendswood, Texas, wrote in one unearthed email, “that stupid bitch who started that stolen car chase at Yale and 610 got what she deserved (I’ll bet she was fat and black too). Same with that pervert that got shot by the county. Fuck that guy, see ya.”

“That all sounds like good police work to me. Those folks got the criminal cure. It’s guaranteed, they will never commit a crime again,” the police chief went on to say.

In another email, law enforcement agents call each other “fag” and accuse Muslims of inbreeding.

In an email with the subject line, “1,400 years of inbreeding among Muslims,” an officer expresses his thoughts on followers of Islam:

“Don’t know but if it is true that they have as a common practice of marrying first cousins, all kinds of problems can erupt. OK, I looked at all my ‘hoax sites’ but couldn’t find anything.”

The article they were referring to reads, “I admit that I have not studied the Koran or Quroan or whatever it is, nor do I intend to!! I was subjected to enough of their total nonsense as only a casual observer in their part of the world 😦 …I only forward this for your reading pleasure and to add to our understanding of the Muslim world. Sharing my opinion that they need to stay in their own sandbox instead of trying to inflict their insane beliefs and religion upon civilized people.”

Is this the start of another wave of attacks from the hacktivist? Injustices beware.

Anonymous and LulzSec attack FBI and PayPal

In a joint statement from Anonymous and LulzSec released today, the hacktivist collectives lashed out at both the FBI and PayPal, saying that they are “terrorists” enacting injustices on America.

“In recent weeks, we’ve found ourselves outraged at the FBI’s willingness to arrest and threaten those who are involved in ethical, modern cyber operations,” begins the statement. The message goes on to call law enforcement “ridiculous” for going after suspects believed to be linked to Anonymous and says that the denial of service attacks waged on websites to shut them down does not warrant 15 years behind bars of hefty fees. “What the FBI needs to learn is that there is a vast difference between adding one’s voice to a chorus and digital sit-in with Low Orbit Ion Cannon, and controlling a large botnet of infected computers. And yet both of these are punishable with exactly the same fine and sentence,” they write.

The hacktivists add that they are outraged that PayPal continues to withhold funds belonging to WikiLeaks, and calls them out for assisting law enforcement in hunting down alleged donators.

“Quite simply, we, the people, are disgusted with these injustices. We will not sit down and let ourselves be trampled upon by any corporation or government. We are not scared of you, and that is something for you to be scared of. We are not the terrorists here: you are.”

Together, Anonymous and LulzSec urge their audience to close their PayPal accounts. “The first step to being truly free is not putting one’s trust into a company that freezes accounts when it feels like, or when it is pressured by the U.S. government. PayPal’s willingness to fold to legislation should be proof enough that they don’t deserve the customers they get. They do not deserve your business, and they do not deserve your respect,” they write.

Within hours of calling on their followers to shut down their PayPal accounts, Anonymous relayed via Twitter that a source working for the online payment site has confirmed that over 24,000 accounts had been closed.

The hacktivists are asking people to tweet photographs of their closed accounts and spread the word. “Anonymous has become a powerful channel of information, and unlike the governments of the world, we are here to fight for you,” they write.

Last year, Anonymous waged DDos attacks on PayPal, Mastercard and Visa in response to the corporations’ stance against WikiLeaks. Earlier this month, a loophole allowed the whistleblower site to momentarily receive funds sent through Visa, bringing in upwards of six-figures for WikiLeaks.