From ZDNet we learn that the group Anonymous seems to have struck a blow in retaliation, in part, for the suicide of hacker Aaron Swartz. Anonymous reportedly published online log-in information, and cell phone numbers, among other information, belonging to 4,000 top American bankers.
Following attacks on U.S. government websites last weekend, Anonymous seems to have made a new “Operation Last Resort” .gov website strike Sunday night.
Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4,000 American bank executive accounts in the name of its new Operation Last Resort campaign, demanding U.S. computer crime law reform.
A spreadsheet has been published on a .gov website allegedly containing login information and credentials, IP addresses, and contact information of American bank executives.
If true, it could be that Anonymous has released banker information that could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, including contact information and cell phone numbers for U.S. bank Presidents, Vice Presidents, COO’s Branch Managers, VP’s and more.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by federal authorities in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR. Swartz opposed JSTOR’s practice of compensating publishers, rather than authors, out of the fees it charges for access to articles. Swartz contended that JSTOR’s fees were limiting public access to academic work that was being supported by public funding.
Swartz subsequently committed suicide. Many believe it was instigated, in part, by his over-zealous prosecution.
This is the latest high-profile move by the amorphous, secretive Internet group. Other big Anonymous actions in the past few years:
- “Anonymous” to Mexican drug lords: Release kidnapped hacker or we’ll publish your secret operatives
- How Anonymous stole 75,000 emails from a corporate ‘security’ firm and exposed a plot to destroy WikiLeaks allies
- Anonymous intercepts FBI-Scotland Yard call
- ‘Anonymous’ exposed alleged Chamber of Commerce smear against progressives and unions
- “Anonymous” hacks Syrian Ministry of Defense
- Anonymous currently targeting Koch websites