Mystery still surrounds… Hacktivists associated with the international collective known as “Anonymous” hacked the U.S. Federal Reserve bank website, releasing sensitive data on more than 4,600 banking officials, their login credentials and personal information.
Anonymous hacktivists announced via Twitter that they had hacked the U.S. Federal Reserve. It is part of Operation Last Resort (#OpLastResort), which seeks “reform of computer crime laws, and the overzealous prosecutors… “Anonymous’s Superbowl Commercial 4k banker d0x via the FED,”.
“We note that the Federal Reserve mini drop earlier was just a counter-distraction to the superbowl distraction. We await the DOJ’s statement,” the group tweeted later.
The group posted a spreadsheet that allegedly contained the emails, phone numbers, log-in information and encrypted passwords of 4,000 bank employees around the country.
Anonymous also claims it has a “warhead,” or important file of information, from the Department of Justice.
The Sunday dox – a.k.a. data dump — The file apparently contained names, mailing addresses, business phone and mobile phone numbers, business email addresses, and fax numbers.
US central bank confirms that hackers successfully infiltrated its computer system:
“The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product.”
“Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system,’ the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted”.
OpLastResort is a campaign some hackers linked to Anonymous have started to protest against government prosecution of the computer prodigy Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, who killed himself on 11 January.
Technology news site ZDNet separately reported that Anonymous appeared to have published information allegedly containing the login information, credentials, internet protocol addresses and contact information of more than 4,000 U.S. bankers on Sunday night.
Last month, the US Sentencing Commission Web site was breached in protest over the Swartz case.