Amidst a flurry of recent press, self-proclaimed hacktivist group, "Anonymous," claims to have acquired 1GB of data after compromising NATO servers via a "simple injection" technique.
Substantiating their own claim, Anonymous released a PDF containing a single, restricted document for public consumption. The 36-page paper (likely to disappear) is branded with "NATO RESTRICTED" which is one of the lowest classifications for secretive NATO materials but still restricted, nontheless. Despite the apparent evidence however, officials have yet to confirm this breach in security at the time of this writing.
Additionally, Anonymous and another hacktivist group, Lulzsec (Lulz Security), also issued this joint statement to the FBI. The open statement appears to be a direct response to comments made by FBI Deputy Assistant Director, Steve Chabinsky, during an interview with NPR. The article discusses the recent raids and arrests made on 16 suspected hackers.
The letter begins, "Hello thar [sic] FBI and international law authorities," and continues on, driving home Anonymous' usual anti-corruption and Internet freedom talking points.
"... These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies. "
-- Anonymous & Lulzsec in open letter to FBI
Anonymous makes it abundantly clear that government corruption, corporate influence and the erosion of our digital rights are causes worth fighting for. For such a fight, Anonymous also claims they are willing to use any means necessary on the digital battlefield. What do you think about Anonymous, their goals and the means by which they plan to achieve those goals?
Update: A self-identified member of Anonymous has informed CBS journalists that data is still being downloaded from NATO server databases. Despite @IRCAnonymous calling such a release of NATO information as "irresponsible", the source was quoted as follows, "Anonymous ALWAYS releases EVERYTHING we take...eventually. But with these big classified dumps we like to take our time analyzing exactly what it is we have. That way we can do the disclosures in such a way as to maximize the political impact of the release."
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