July 21, 2011
Anonymous Breaches NATO Security
Hackers from the group Anonymous said on Thursday that they breached NATO security and accessed hoards of restricted material.
The group said it would be "irresponsible" to publish most of the material it stole from NATO, but that it is sitting on about 1 gigabyte of data.
Anonymous posted a PDF file on its Twitter page showing a document headed "NATO Restricted" and dated August 27, 2007.
The group said on Twitter: "Hi NATO, Yes, we haz more of your delicious data."
A NATO official told The Associated Press (AP) that the organization was aware that a hacker had released a document allegedly from NATO on the Internet.
"NATO security experts are investigating these claims," the official, who could not be named, told AP. "We strongly condemn any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of NATO allies, armed forces and citizens."
Anonymous has claimed responsibility for many cyber hacks against corporate and government websites around the world.
The group claims credit for disrupting the websites of Visa and MasterCard in December when the credit card companies stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
U.S. authorities announced on Tuesday that it had arrested 14 individuals who were allegedly involved on attacks against PayPal in December.
NATO said in June that the hackers were a threat to society and would be caught.
"Today, the ad hoc international group of hackers and activists is said to have thousands of operatives and has no set rules or membership," said the report.
"It remains to be seen how much time Anonymous has for pursuing such paths. The longer these attacks persist the more likely countermeasures will be developed, implemented, the groups will be infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted."
The group responded to this by warning NATO not to "make the mistake of challenging Anonymous."
"Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake," it said.
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