Anonymous publishes login, contact info, for 4,000 top US bankers

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.

From ZDNet:

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.

I’d written about Swartz’s case earlier:

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:


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  • Jimmy

    You know, I find it difficult to applaud someone for releasing private information to the public. It’s easy to chuckle because the people this is happening to are a group many don’t like (for good reason), but I find it difficult to applaud what amounts to cyber-terrorism, irregardless of who it’s perpetrated against. We may notbfind it so funny when we’re the unwitting victims.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Worse: Capital investment companies and banks knowingly breaking the law through the forging of real estate and mortgage documents, lying about everything in court, foreclosing upon and seizing homes to which they have no legal right, and never being prosecuted at all. No jail time, no fines, nada.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Good.

  • pappyvet

    Its too bad you cant send a “shit sandwich” through the e-mail

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Anonymous sources have told me, it’s only the beginning.

  • AdmNaismith

    Moee of this, please, Anonymous.

  • Butch1

    When you have the 1% er’s writing the laws that protect themselves, what can you expect?

  • MyrddinWilt

    What is completely screwed here is the sentences that the perpetrators face.

    Aaron Swartz: Taking copyright materials for unknown form of political protest: 30 years

    Anonymous: Cracking government web sites for political protest, typically 6-24 months

    Organized crime: Bank fraud (phishing) convictions might lead to 2-5 years behind bars for under $1 million.

    Bain Capital: Can buy a company using borrowed money and then borrow more money against the capital to pay itself dividends without risk of prosecution even though borrowing money that you know the company can’t pay back should be a 10-20 year jail term.

  • Indigo

    Anonymous is writing its own chapter in the history-yet-to-be of our era. It’s an uphill struggle but what an impressive list of accomplishments Anonymous has already assembled. Although my social impact is limited, I welcome Anonymous as the the yeast in these scintillating days. It may well be that to live in “interesting times” is a curse but you’ve got to admit, these are interesting times and fun too. Maybe it’s just that since my participation in the fabulousity of the 1% is so entirely limited that I enjoy watching the iinevitable take down organizing itself. Schadenfreude? Zeitgeistesgeschitliche Schadenfreude, vielleicht? MNR. (Meiner Meingung nacht.)

  • Houndentenor

    Not quite on topic but, if you are having problems with a company and you write the president or CEO you will get a response. No, the CEO himself probably won’t read your letter or respond but someone will. I used to open such mail for a bankster while working in his office. It was routed to troubleshooter. I’ve also written to CEOs (Time Warner, Verizone, etc.) and gotten a resolution to an ongoing problem with an account. It works. The hardest part is getting a mailing address for the corporate office. That sometimes takes some doing, but it’s worth the trouble if the “help desk” in India isn’t doing their job.

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