October 4, 2013
An indictment was filed in federal court in Virginia last month that claims 13 members of Anonymous were responsible for global cyber-attacks; including targets that did not process payments for WikiLeaks.
Focusing on websites critical of WikiLeaks, as well as MasterCard and Visa, the hackers attacked sites across the internet.
Another victim of the attacks was the Swedish prosecutor’s office that issued arrest warrants for Julian Assange on allegations of sexual crimes.
The indictment states that Anonymous targeted:
• ACS:Law firm that helped clients protect intellectual property rights
• Anti-piracy.nl, website for the BREIN Foundation
• The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT)
• US Copyright Office (USCO)
• Bank of America Corp (BoA)
• Motion Picture Academy of America (MPAA)
• Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
In February, Anonymous launched Operation Last Resort.
More than 4,000 banking executives tallied on a spreadsheet were published with account information, logins, credentials, IP addresses, hashed passwords, contact information; and cell phone numbers for bank presidents, vice presidents and more. It is presumed that this data could have been syphoned from the Federal Reserve Bank computers.
This spreadsheet was posted on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.
Late last year, Anonymous hacked into the Department of Justice (DoJ) and will release the data they apparently syphoned, to a chosen media outlet.
Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services (CCRS) branch, explained: “We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person (‘s) or government agency’s network.”
The US Sentencing Commission (USSC) website was offline as Anonymous stated that “the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the ‘discretion’ of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.”
Anonymous said that the chose to attack the USSC “due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. This website was also chosen due to the nature of its visitors.”
A few months ago, Anonymous launched #Operation American Freedom, calling for aggressive action against the US government. This “call to arms” states that the US government is a terrorist organization that must be taken down by an uprising by the people.
Instead of using their usual denial of service (DDoS) attack, or continuing to peruse the internet looking for a website to syphon information from, Anonymous is admonishing the people of America to take back their control of the nation with a full-blown war supported by “freedom activists”.
Anonymous states: “To rebuild our government we must first destroy it. Our time for democracy is here. Our time for resolution is here. This is America’s time for revolution; to restore our constitutional rights, to once again be free, therefore, Anonymous along with the American people have decided to openly declare war on the United States government. This is a call to arms.”
The hacktivist group claims that peaceful attempts to affect change have failed which precludes a demand for action on the part of the American people.
Anonymous said: “Our peaceful actions, patience and restraint have been demonstrated as we watched and waited for our Congress and Representatives to speak for the American citizens and protect us from the tyrant that sits in the oval office and happily strips the American people of our rights, one by one, executive order by executive order. We have waited long enough.”