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Anonymous Releases Data From Italian Cybercrime Unit

July 25, 2011

The hacker group Anonymous has released gigabytes of secret documents stolen from an Italian cybercrime unit.

The 8 gigabytes of data has allegedly been taken from the network of the Italian CNAIPIC, which oversees the country’s critical IT infrastructure.

Anonymous said on its Twitter account that it received the files from a “source.”

The attack on CNAIPIC is thought to be in retaliation for the arrest of Italian members of Anonymous.

Links to the first few files stolen from CNAIPIC were available on the Pastebin website.  Anonymous said the files were taken from the evidence servers of CNAIPIC.

The documents include information about government offices like Australia’s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as data about private firms Gazprom, Exxon Mobil and others.

Preview images also shared by Anonymous reveal the management structure of the cybercrime unit.

Officials from the cybercrime unit carried out a series of raids on home of suspected Anonymous members in early July.  Three people were arrested as a result.