Anonymous offshoot claims Italian cyber-police hack

Anonymous offshoot claims Italian cyber-police hack

Summary: Hackers associated with Anonymous claim to have broken into systems belonging to the Italian cybercrime police and taken data on the Australian defence agency and other organisations

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A group related to online activists Anonymous has claimed to have gained access to the systems of the Italian police force dedicated to fighting cybercrime.

The Legion of Anonymous Doom, which appears to be a subset of the Anonymous and Lulzsec hacker groups, released on Monday documents and data that it said came from computers belonging to the Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche (Cnaipic).

"Heynow, this is a prerelease of a series we are going to make to reveal the biggest in history of European LE cyber operation evidence exploitation and abuse [sic]," said the hacker group in a post on Pastebin. "Thing's gonna get published and twittered all over anonymous and lulzsec community [sic]."

The Pastebin document, which was linked to in a post from the AnonymousIRC Twitter account, contains two links to an image of a taxonomy that appeared to show PDFs and other documents on Italian police servers. In addition, there are two links to document dump sites containing over 80MB of information.

The group said it has found data relating to a number of organisations, including the Australian government's Department of Defence — although the document called the organisation the Australian 'Ministry of Defence'. In addition, it claims to have gained information on public- and private-sector organisations in the US, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, Nepal, Belorussia, Vietnam, Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands.

The Cnaipic had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Anonymous and Lulzsec have a history of pursuing high-profile scalps such as the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency. On Thursday Anonymous claimed to have hacked into servers at Nato.


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