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Anonymous hacks BART: Releases user database

Anonymous hacks BART: Releases user database

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.

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Anonymous Disowns Operation Facebook, Attack Talks Continue

Anonymous Disowns Operation Facebook, Attack Talks Continue

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.

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Anonymous Vows Facebook Destruction on November 5th 2011 [UPDATED]

Anonymous Vows Facebook Destruction on November 5th 2011 [UPDATED]

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.

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Anonymous and LulzSec Hack US Police Files Nationwide

Anonymous and LulzSec Hack US Police Files Nationwide

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.

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Anonymous may be testing a new attack tool dubbed #RefRef

Anonymous may be testing a new attack tool dubbed #RefRef

With some high profile arrests in hacking cases lately it appears that Anonymous might be working on a new attack tool that makes it less likely that the attackers can be caught. The DDoS tool that anonymous is using in its attacks now is called LOIC. The new tool is apparently called #RefRef and the new tool attacks with new weapons.

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Anonymous and LulzSec taunt FBI amid NATO and News International leaks

Anonymous and LulzSec taunt FBI amid NATO and News International leaks

Hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec have released a taunting message to the FBI, challenging the law enforcement agency in the aftermath of recent arrests of supposed members of the groups. "Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea" the joint statement says. "Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir." Meanwhile, both groups claim to have fresh caches of information, including documents supposedly from NATO.

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Police in Turkey pick up 32 people suspected of affiliation with hacker group Anonymous

Police in Turkey pick up 32 people suspected of affiliation with hacker group Anonymous

We mentioned last week that three people had been arrested and detained in Spain in connection with the attacks on Sony's networks. We have now learned that police in Turkey have detained 32 more suspects that the authorities believe are linked to Anonymous. The Turkish state-run news agency reports that the suspect were taken into custody by police after raids in dozens of cities it's not clear how the police linked the 32 people to the hacker group.

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Anonymous denies Sony PSN “We are Legion” calling card

Anonymous denies Sony PSN “We are Legion” calling card

Hacking collective Anonymous has reportedly denied being responsible for planting a file seemingly incriminating itself in the PlayStation Network hack, suggesting that instead the group has been framed by whoever completed the exploit and stole millions of user records and credit card data. Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, had told a US subcommittee investigating data theft that the file - named Anonymous and containing the phrase "We are Legion" - was discovered on one of the hacked Sony Online Entertainment servers.

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Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

The attack on Sony's Playstation Network is getting serious attention from the U.S. House of Representatives today, as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing today. The subject? “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.” Sony had declined to appear at the hearing, but Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has sent in written responses to questions posed by the subcommittee. We have followed the PSN story very closely, as Sony has struggled to deal with the "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack" on its network.

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