July 12, 2011

Anonymous Group Makes New Threats

Senior figures of the hackers' collective Anonymous have threatened an attack to the Metropolitan police's computer systems and those controlled by the UK judicial system, warning that Tuesday will be the "biggest day in Anonymous's history," reports the Guardian.

The collective seeks to express its anger over News International's phone hacking and the threatened extradition of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder.

Sabu, a senior figure within the collective who founded the spin-off group LulzSec, which was responsible for hacking into a site linked to the CIA and the UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency, purportedly sent a Twitter feed that promised two releases of information would be launched within a day.

"Everyone brace," he tweets. "This will be literally explosive."

This was followed by a message that read, "ATTN Intelligence community: Your contractors have failed you. Tomorrow is the beginning."

Although the account, @anonymouSabu has not yet been verified as belonging to Sabu, it has been referenced by the "official" Anonymous @anon_central account on Twitter and has over 7,700 followers.

Targets of Tuesday's hack have thus far kept sources close to the collective unusually tight-lipped, reports the Guardian. However, chat channels have suggest that several top-level members of Anonymous are eager to launch attacks based around the start of Julian Assange's appeal hearing against extradition, which is Tuesday.

In addition, it is also believed that the Met is being targeted in retaliation for News of the World reporters allegedly paying police officers and the general response to the phone hacking scandal.

It is also speculated that the threat is focused on "material claimed to have been obtained last week from contractors relating to security and secrecy of "former world leaders," or plans to target a senior leaders' retreat at Bohemian Grove, California."

But the chaotic and occasionally paranoid Anonymous community has other sources close to the collective warning that some prominent members are engaging in "disinformation campaigns" ahead of any action," reports the Guardian.

Anonymous was offline for much of Monday, adding to the communication problems surrounding the planned releases, leaving even those that are close to senior members of the collective unable to verify rumors ahead of the release.

Further rumors on Friday suggest that one collective member had gained access into the News International servers and took copies of internal emails which were being offered for sale or even ransom, but this could not be confirmed, and no evidence has surfaced to the legitimacy of the claimed email stash, according to the Guardian.

However, News International's site is believed to have been "probed" by members of Anonymous at the end of last week.

Two days after the Dowler revelations, NoW staff email addresses appeared on Pastebin, a favorite site for posting the results of attacks against all sorts of sites by Anonymous and other hacker groups.

According to the Guardian, a source revealed that News International's server had been hacked for about 30 minutes at a time last week by using "proxy chaining," a method of logging in through several remote computers to help disguise their identities.

"Everyone thinks Interpol will get involved at some point," the source told the Guardian.

New International has angered the hackers when it was revealed last week that a private detective acting for the company had listened in on voicemails on the phone of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler, which may have interfered with police efforts to find her.

The Guardian reports that PayPal and Visa were previously targeted by Anonymous because they refused to process donations for Wikileaks, which the U.S. government ordered them not to do.

Furthermore, the Church of Scientology has also been attacked by the collective over what is seen as suppression of information.


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