Hacker group anonymous has hit a security firm based in Austin, Texas called Stratfor. The hackers are alleging that they were able to gain access to the security firm's servers and steal detailed information on customers, including credit card details. Anonymous claims that they could steal the detailed information because Stratfor didn’t encrypt the data.
I don't think any of us though there was a redeeming quality about Anonymous and the way they hack credit card information and other personal details about people and then offered it up publically. Not too long ago, the hacker collective took on a project that had some redeeming qualities in an effort to out pedophiles online that were looking at child porn online.
Hack collective Anonymous has ramped up its anti-pedophile campaign, reportedly tricking those attempting to browse clandestine sites hosting child pornography into accessing a service that would identify their IP address and, subsequently, identify and location. According to a statement attributed to the loosely-banded group, a custom Firefox button was developed and links placed to it - along with a fake Tor update message - on the "Hard Candy" and "Lolita City" sites offering the illegal content. Those who clicked it "would then be forwarded to our special forensics server and log the incoming IP and destination."
Hack collective Anonymous has turned its attention to child pornography, claiming to have brought down a webhost alleged to be hosting more than forty sites on which the illegal content was offered. According to the loosely-affiliated group's statement, Freedom Hosting was challenged by evidence of the pornography stored on its servers but refused to delete it; Anonymous then "infiltrated the shared hosting server of Freedom Hosting and shutdown services to all clients."
Two alleged members of Anonymous and LulzSec have been arrested by the FBI, the law enforcement bureau has confirmed, with a further suspect facing more charges. One of the men, Cody Kretsinger who goes by the LulzSec handle "recursion," is accused of assisting in the Sony hack earlier this year, Fox reports, and attempted to cover his tracks by wiping his hard-drives.
Suddenly the hackers participating with Anonymous and LulzSec aren't so anonymous. Back at the beginning of August, police tracked down the suspected Anonymous leader going by the name Topiary and arrested him. The teen was arrested and was found to have the details of 750,000 people on his computer. That single arrest was just the start of things as the investigation continued into the two hacker groups.
Another high-profile hack this weekend, as the San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) transport authority confirms that "at least 2,400" of its 55k strong member database has been compromised, with hacking collective Anonymous claiming responsibility. Names, emails and passwords - as well as potentially phone numbers and addresses - have been snatched, with the BART site - and services that rely on the transit data it publishes - sluggish on Sunday under an ongoing assault.
It appears very likely now that the original call to action for what was (and still possibly is) called "Operation Facebook" is now being disowned by a large number of members of the famous hacker group. If you'll take a look at the monstrously popular Anonymous Vows Facebook Destruction post from late night Tuesday, you'll find the original release as created by a very real member of the collective, but this newest set of information confirms that the entirety of the Anonymous collective may not agree with the proposed action.
It's time again for us to hear from Anonymous, that rather well-known yet hacker group whose members remain largely, well, anonymous. The announcement made today makes clear that whichever member(s) of the hacktivist group have created said call to action are preparing to take down Facebook, one of the most popular and well-traveled social networks and indeed websites on the internet. Of course, as with all "Anonymous" messages, only time will tell if this announcement is "real", "fake", or just a message made by a single "member" of Anonymous to rally the rest of the "real" Anonymous troops. This message makes reference to several past news releases tying Facebook to the sharing of "private" user information and notes that Facebook is the antithesis of the AntiSec cause.
In an effort to continue their reign of hacking news supremacy, both LulzSec and Anonymous have claimed responsibility for a 10 gigabyte file containing social security numbers, credit card details, and vast amounts of police files including emails and confidentially sent tips on crimes. This information comes from more than 70 so-called "small-town" law enforcement agencies. Both hacking groups say they want to show solidarity with with Topiary and the Anonymous PayPal LOIC defendants as well as others - Topiary being the supposed name of one Jake Davis, a teen suspected of working with LulzSec to illegally hack several institutions.