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Anonymous leaks 1.7GB of Bureau of Justice Statistics data

updated 12:14 pm EDT, Tue May 22, 2012

Hacking group video has TV network personality speaking

Hacktivist group Anonymous has reportedly leaked data belonging to the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics. A torrent posted on The Pirate Bay contains an "entire database dump" of the website and internal e-mails, writes ZDNet. A video from Anonymous claiming the hack also contains footage of a man on a mock news program speaking to a camera and wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

The video reiterates previous themes that Anonymous say they value, namely independence from government control, standing for freedom of speech and information, and to stop corruption. Concerning the data haul, Anonymous says "you may find lots of shiny things such as internal e-mails, and the entire database dump." The group further claims that the BJS took the site down after the attack.

Towards the end of the video, an unnamed man standing behind what appears to be a news desk for TV network RT (formerly Russia Today) speaks to the camera. After mentioning unrest in Egypt and the takedown of Internet access during that time, the man states that "we the people know, that when the government shuts down the Internet, that's when it's time to shut down the government" before donning the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta and quoting the Anonymous slogan "We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

ZDNet contacted the BJS, which said they are "looking into the unauthorized access" of the server, that the BJS website remained operational, and was unaffected.

Recently, Anonymous launched Operation Defense to fight against CISPA. Boycotts and protests against companies supporting the bill were organized, along with normal Internet-based campaigning and attacks. Three top-rung members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were arrested by the FBI in March for fraud, identity theft and hacking charges.

by MacNN Staff



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