Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials

Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials

Summary: Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4000 American bank executive credentials its Operation Last Resort, demanding US computer crime law reform.

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Following attacks on U.S. government websites last weekend, Anonymous seems to have made a new "Operation Last Resort" .gov website strike Sunday night.

Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4,000 American bank executive accounts in the name of its new Operation Last Resort campaign, demanding U.S. computer crime law reform.

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A spreadsheet has been published on a .gov website allegedly containing login information and credentials, IP addresses, and contact information of American bank executives.

If true, it could be that Anonymous has released banker information that could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, including contact information and cell phone numbers for U.S. bank Presidents, Vice Presidents, COO's Branch Managers, VP's and more.

The website used in this attack belongs to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). The page extension URL is titled, "oops-we-did-it-again."

The spreadsheet document contains usernames, names of individuals and their titles at banks across the U.S., hashed passwords (not passwords in plain text). It was placed on a .gov website and on Pastebin, and publicized via various Anonymous accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

A Reddit member called the numbers and commented,

OK, I called a few of them. What must be so problematic for the Federal Reserve is not the information so much as this file was stolen from their computers at all.

The ramifications of that kind of loss of control is severe.

Banks listed on the document claim credentials from management at community banks, community credit unions, and more, across the United States.

A visit to the bank websites on the document shows that these are current employees at each of the banks.

Anonymous stated in its first Operation Last Resort defacement last friday (ussc.gov) it had infiltrated multiple federal websites over a period of time. The hacktivist entity dropped enough technical details to make it clear that its tracks were covered and that Anonymous still had access to .gov websites.

Significance of Monday, February 4?

While today in the United States it is the day of a major American sporting event (the Superbowl), this Sunday night's timing of Anon's document release coincides with another event more important to the new Anonymous campaign Operation Last Resort - a campaign anchored on the Swartz tragedy.

After the Anonymous OpLastResort hacks last weekend, last Monday a House panel issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder (.pdf link) with seven specific questions, and demanding answers regarding the Swartz prosecution.

Tomorrow, Monday February 4, is the deadline for Attorney General Eric Holder to answer specific questions regarding the Aaron Swartz prosecution.

Anonymous may be focusing on that deadline, as well.

Previously on the defaced ussc.gov website Anonymous cited the recent suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz as a "line that has been crossed."

The statement suggested retaliation for Swartz's tragic suicide, which many - including the family - believe was a result of overzealous prosecution by the Department of Justice and what the family deemed a "bullying" use of outdated computer crime laws.

With the letter to Holder, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requests a briefing with the Justice Department. CNET writes,

"Many questions have been raised about the appropriate level of punishment sought by prosecutors for Mr. Swartz's alleged offenses, and how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, cited in 11 of 13 counts against Mr. Swartz, should apply under similar circumstances," [Reps. Issa and Cummings] say in the letter, which requests a briefing no later than February 4.

The letter is another voice from the Federal side of the discussion, joining a chorus led by Democratic congresswoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren who has authored a bill called "Aaron's Law" that aims to change the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (with which Swartz was being prosecuted).

Last friday February 1, Lofgren submitted a draft of the bill to be reviewed on Reddit. Ars Technica reported that after its online critique, a revised version of the bill was published today, with more far-reaching reforms.

Last weekend Anonymous commandeered the US Sentencing website to launch Operation Last Resort "warheads" (encrypted files suggested by Anonymous to be sensitive US government documents).

The defacement demanded reform on US computer crime laws, citing the January 11 tragic suicide of young hacker and digital rights activist Aaron Swartz.

Anonymous spent last weekend playing cat-and-mouse with the Department of Justice after taking over the ussc.gov website (still decimated and now "under construction" over a week later).

After the US government regained control of the .gov website used in the hacks and defacements, Anonymous regained control of two .gov sites and turned the sites into a mocking video game of Asteroids.

Public interest in Sunday's Asteroids game created a crowdsourced DDoS, downing the websites for days.

It is possible that banks and user information on tonight's new "oops we did it again" document may be connected to accounts at The Fed (The Federal Reserve Bank).

The Fed has a collection of services called Fedline, which operates at highly critical junctures across the U.S. banking system.

For instance, one of the services offered by Fedline is money and funding transfers via the U.S. Federal Reserve.

It enables financial institutions to transfer funds between member participants. These participants are estimated to be around more than 9,000 financial entities (such as banks).

Fedline is the primary U.S. network for high value, time-critical and international payments.

In 2007 the estimated average daily value of funds transferred via Fedline products was 2.7 trillion (an estimated 537,000 payments daily, the average was over $5 million per transaction).

At this point, the information on the document is unverified and exactly what banking systems the information may affect is not known. ZDNet will update this article with new information as it becomes known.

The Operation Last Resort video, posted Friday on the U.S. Sentencing Commission website now has 1,183,000 views.

It is interesting to note that this second "official" #OpLastResort salvo does not cite AntiSec, as seen in the Asteroids game.

Anonymous appears intent to influence federal action - one way or another.

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  • Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials

    You kicked ass on this story. Beat everyone. I have a huge OWS Facebook following and shared it all over. Great Job.
    John Penley
  • Great work and one request...

    Violet, your work is awesome! And you've been getting it published way before other journalists! Kudos. I have one request. Perhaps you could consider an article that provides a framework of the underlying issues for Anon's dislike of the Feds. As you know, it involves many other issues than Swartz (RIP). I think there are a lot of readers that may not know the full anon story. Just a thought. - Joseph Villarosa
    Joseph Villarosa
  • good stuff...

    Great story. I see one problem with Annons attack...no big name banks. I see a lot of regional, one off, and maybe credit unions. (former bank IT personal) What it does show, the vulnerability of small regional banks compared to larger banks.
    Paul Steven
  • Sad Commentary

    It's a sad commentary on the U.S. justice system that thieving bankers have more to fear from a bunch of hackers than they do from the puppet Department of Justice.

    Reading the story and comments above, though, I have a concern that their target was off, unless it included contact details for the biggest executives at the biggest banks, and that's the biggest problem with this kind of vigilante justice, even if it's the only kind of justice we'll see - its a shotgun approach.

    It would be nice to think that every bank executive "outed" had a hand in the greedy practices that put the economy in the crapper last decade, since we know that they're going scot-free as far as the DOJ is concerned, but I wonder if some innocent people weren't taken up in Anon's net (assuming "innocent bank executive" is not an oxymoron!).

    Some of the worst offenders have likely escaped even Anon's justice, and nothing Anon can do will see to it that they go to jail like they should.
    omb00900@...
    • There are innocent bankers.

      I appreciate your comment that some of us "innocent" ones may have been thrown into the net. As manager for over 3 decades of our small, $25 million, bank in rural Iowa, pop: 500, we have been totally and honestly serving our friends and neighbors for 86 years. It's not uncommon for customers to stop or call me at home regarding bank business and I have personally loaned money (interest free) to some who didn't meet our loan requirements. We know our customers by name and are happy to answer for anything we do for them.
      trying 2 help
      • You are most likely the only bank in the entire world that is honest

        Take pride in being the only bank in the entire world not a 100% parasitic life form sucking from every living thing around it.
        Reality Bites
  • The Story is Wrong!

    There is not 4000 records in the data posted. I only count 1236 records in the pastebin link.

    Is it really asking to much for reporters to verify basic information in a story and just not take peoples word for things? I mean how much work would it have been to copy and paste the data into excel and count the number of rows? Unless you have access to more information not mentioned in the story...

    Either way this is GROSS INCOMPETENCE!

    Make me wonder what else in the story you made up or just took at face value and didn't bother to verify.

    - H4zzmatt
    h4zzmatt
    • Article is correct, the actual number is 4,606

      Hi there, I have the document. The original, verified number of accounts/names/banks is 4,606.

      The number you are reading is the line count on a Pastebin copy.
      Violet Blue
    • nice job, chief....

      looks like you owe somebody an apology, mr. h4zzmatt. or do you suddenly have better things to do now that you look like an idiot?
      mstuartm
    • Are you a moron or just a cretin or both?

      Droolers such as yourself really should just stick your head in your toilet and flush until your mental problems are gon.
      Reality Bites
  • I watched the video...

    ... And I hope this 'warhead' really goes kaboom... Gov won't do a thing if Annon don't expose some really big dirt secrets...
    erick.mendes
  • Bankers

    Take the time to listen to the Bill Moyers interview with Matt Taibbi (of Rolling Stone) on the subject of banks, bankers, & crime and no punishment.

    http://billmoyers.com/segment/matt-taibbi-on-big-banks-lack-of-accountability/
    nostril
  • first glance

    uhm...anyone else notice there's no "Too Big To Fail" banks in this d0x? no Bank of America, no Chase, no Wells Fargo...what the actual fuck.
    Jason Morris
    • This is only the tip of the iceberg

      I feel like the big names were intentionally left out. Maybe Anon is going to let more and more trickle through? No one said this was all the info they have.......
      Matthew Hug
    • ANONYMOUS ARE EVIL GANGSTERS

      Exactly, ANONYMOUS CAN MISLEAD US AND MAKE US THINK THEY ARE CHINESE HACKERS, THEY ARE TEENAGERS, IT IS ALL BULL. THEY ARE GANGSTERS THAT MADE QUADRILLIONS AND QUADRILLIONS IN MY FIRST CHINESE TRANSACTION WHERE I MADE THE MISTAKE OF TAKING A FED PARTNER. THEY ROBBED US AND WITH SOME FLORIDA BOS KEPT HACKING INTO US AND ROBBING OUR DEALS FOR OVER 10 years AND STOLE TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS IN TRANSACTIONS FROM ME AND FROM ALL THE BROKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT ENDED UP ON THE STREETS UNABLE TO FEED OR CLOTH THEIR CHILDREN. THESE ARE THE NICE ANONYMOUS. I KNOW THEIR NAMES. THEY ARE WITH THE ROTHCHILDS, WITH THE BILBERGERS,ILLUMINATIS, MASONICS AND THESE GUYS ARE THE SAME GUYS THAT COMMITTED CRIMES IN THE TIME OF HITLER AND NOT TO BE PROSECUTED TOOK THE IDENTITIES OF JEWS THEY KILLED AND THEIR MONEY AND GOLD AND ALL THEIR BELONGINGS.
      TODAY THEY ARE REVIVING THE HITLER, KKK, SLAVE FORCED LABOUR CAMPS. GUYS INOTHER WRITING I GAVE THE NAMES OF THE INITIATORS OF ANONYMOUS, EVIL EVILS. WITH ALL THE MONEY THEY MADE THEY HIRED MORE AND MORE HACKERS THAT WORK FOR THEM. WHEN I TOLD THEM LAST WEEK GOD WAS GOING TO SEND BALLS OF FIRE ON THEM. HE SENT TO RUSSIA, CUBA, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA WHERE A BIG PART OF THEIR COMPUTERS AND HACKERS ARE. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING LIKE I TOLD THEM MY GOD WOULD GET THEM,HE TOLD ME IN A LOUD VOICE HE WILL CRUSH THEM FOR THEIR DSGUSTING WICKEDNESS. ANONYMOUS IN JAIL AND THE BANKSTERS AND BILBERGER MEMBERS AND ALL THE WICKED WITH THEM.
      COCOBEINGHACKEDANDROBBED
    • ANONYMOUS ARE EVIL GANGSTERS

      Exactly, ANONYMOUS CAN MISLEAD US AND MAKE US THINK THEY ARE CHINESE HACKERS, THEY ARE TEENAGERS, IT IS ALL BULL. THEY ARE GANGSTERS THAT MADE QUADRILLIONS AND QUADRILLIONS IN MY FIRST CHINESE TRANSACTION WHERE I MADE THE MISTAKE OF TAKING A FED PARTNER. THEY ROBBED US AND WITH SOME FLORIDA BOS KEPT HACKING INTO US AND ROBBING OUR DEALS FOR OVER 10 years AND STOLE TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS IN TRANSACTIONS FROM ME AND FROM ALL THE BROKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT ENDED UP ON THE STREETS UNABLE TO FEED OR CLOTH THEIR CHILDREN. THESE ARE THE NICE ANONYMOUS. I KNOW THEIR NAMES. THEY ARE WITH THE ROTHCHILDS, WITH THE BILBERGERS,ILLUMINATIS, MASONICS AND THESE GUYS ARE THE SAME GUYS THAT COMMITTED CRIMES IN THE TIME OF HITLER AND NOT TO BE PROSECUTED TOOK THE IDENTITIES OF JEWS THEY KILLED AND THEIR MONEY AND GOLD AND ALL THEIR BELONGINGS.
      TODAY THEY ARE REVIVING THE HITLER, KKK, SLAVE FORCED LABOUR CAMPS. GUYS INOTHER WRITING I GAVE THE NAMES OF THE INITIATORS OF ANONYMOUS, EVIL EVILS. WITH ALL THE MONEY THEY MADE THEY HIRED MORE AND MORE HACKERS THAT WORK FOR THEM. WHEN I TOLD THEM LAST WEEK GOD WAS GOING TO SEND BALLS OF FIRE ON THEM. HE SENT TO RUSSIA, CUBA, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA WHERE A BIG PART OF THEIR COMPUTERS AND HACKERS ARE. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING LIKE I TOLD THEM MY GOD WOULD GET THEM,HE TOLD ME IN A LOUD VOICE HE WILL CRUSH THEM FOR THEIR DSGUSTING WICKEDNESS. ANONYMOUS IN JAIL AND THE BANKSTERS AND BILBERGER MEMBERS AND ALL THE WICKED WITH THEM.
      COCOBEINGHACKEDANDROBBED
    • ANONYMOUS ARE EVIL GANGSTERS

      Exactly, ANONYMOUS CAN MISLEAD US AND MAKE US THINK THEY ARE CHINESE HACKERS, THEY ARE TEENAGERS, IT IS ALL BULL. THEY ARE GANGSTERS THAT MADE QUADRILLIONS AND QUADRILLIONS IN MY FIRST CHINESE TRANSACTION WHERE I MADE THE MISTAKE OF TAKING A FED PARTNER. THEY ROBBED US AND WITH SOME FLORIDA BOS KEPT HACKING INTO US AND ROBBING OUR DEALS FOR OVER 10 years AND STOLE TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS IN TRANSACTIONS FROM ME AND FROM ALL THE BROKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT ENDED UP ON THE STREETS UNABLE TO FEED OR CLOTH THEIR CHILDREN. THESE ARE THE NICE ANONYMOUS. I KNOW THEIR NAMES. THEY ARE WITH THE ROTHCHILDS, WITH THE BILBERGERS,ILLUMINATIS, MASONICS AND THESE GUYS ARE THE SAME GUYS THAT COMMITTED CRIMES IN THE TIME OF HITLER AND NOT TO BE PROSECUTED TOOK THE IDENTITIES OF JEWS THEY KILLED AND THEIR MONEY AND GOLD AND ALL THEIR BELONGINGS.
      TODAY THEY ARE REVIVING THE HITLER, KKK, SLAVE FORCED LABOUR CAMPS. GUYS INOTHER WRITING I GAVE THE NAMES OF THE INITIATORS OF ANONYMOUS, EVIL EVILS. WITH ALL THE MONEY THEY MADE THEY HIRED MORE AND MORE HACKERS THAT WORK FOR THEM. WHEN I TOLD THEM LAST WEEK GOD WAS GOING TO SEND BALLS OF FIRE ON THEM. HE SENT TO RUSSIA, CUBA, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA WHERE A BIG PART OF THEIR COMPUTERS AND HACKERS ARE. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING LIKE I TOLD THEM MY GOD WOULD GET THEM,HE TOLD ME IN A LOUD VOICE HE WILL CRUSH THEM FOR THEIR DSGUSTING WICKEDNESS. ANONYMOUS IN JAIL AND THE BANKSTERS AND BILBERGER MEMBERS AND ALL THE WICKED WITH THEM.
      COCOBEINGHACKEDANDROBBED
  • political motives behind Aaron Swartz's prosecution

    Thanks for the article. Some say that Aaron Swartz's prosecution might have had political motives because of Aaron's role in the oppisition to Sopa, Pipa, etc. Violet Blue, could you comment on that please?
    bpgergo
  • This action by Anonymous was illegal, unethical and unjustified

    I am no great fan of banks, and I consider the outcome of the Swartz prosecution to be highly regrettable, but Anonymous is way off base with this hack.

    The provisions of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act are appropriate and should not be changed.

    DOJ's prosecution of Aaron Swartz was justified. Based on the alleged conduct involved and the charges filed, it is highly unlikely, however, that any federal court in the country would have imposed the maximum penalties authorized, as there were at least some mitigating circumstances involved, including the fact that Mr. Swartz's illegal actions were not motivated by a desire for personal financial gain. A good defense attorney could probably have negotiated a fairly lenient plea bargain for him.

    Mr. Swartz knew before acting that the action he was contemplating was illegal and subject to federal criminal prosecution, but he knowingly and intentionally chose to break the law anyway. People are entitled to engage in civil disobedience in order to protest what they perceive to be unjust laws, but they have to be prepared to accept the legal consequences of their choices. Indeed, civil disobedience would be meaningless if such consequences were not involved, as there would then be no reason for anyone to consider the law involved to be unjust.

    If Mr. Swartz could not afford a defense attorney, and if the legal consequences of his actions had the potential to ruin his life, then he should have thought long and hard about that before intentionally choosing to violate a federal criminal statute. He had nobody but himself to blame for the predicament he found himself in. He may have been young and naive, but that does not excuse criminal conduct. If he couldn't do the time, he shouldn't have done the crime. He may also have had mental health issues which contributed to his decision to commit suicide, and I am sympathetic to that and greatly regret that he chose to end his life rather than hiring a defense attorney. Mental health issues are not, however, a defense to criminal conduct unless a defendant is so disconnected from reality that he is unable to understand the charges against him and assist his own defense attorney with the defense of his case.

    For Anonymous to retaliate against DOJ by using the computers of another federal agency as a route to target the individual employees of private sector banks is not only illegal, but completely illogical and unjustified. I'm no fan of banks, and I am happy to see the recent news that DOJ is preparing a case against S&P for misleading securities ratings which led to the 2008 financial crisis, but the charges against Mr. Swartz had nothing to do with either banks or the federal agency whose computers were hijacked.

    While it is not difficult to assume for the sake of argument that some individual bankers have engaged in unethical or even illegal conduct, that does not mean that all bankers have universally done so without any exceptions. Because this is so, it is unjust and unethical as well as illegal for Anonymous to target a large number of bankers without knowing which, if any, of them had engaged in unethical conduct.

    The prosecutors at DOJ were simply doing their job. Anonymous, by contrast, has not only chosen to break the law in order to make a political point, but has done so in a highly unethical and unjust way, targeting individuals who had no known connection to the Swartz case. Claiming that such individuals were "part of the system" is completely unjustified and unpersuasive. These individual bankers had nothing whatever to do with the Swartz case, and targeting them does not involve any just retribution or advance the cause of justice in any way whatever.

    I hope that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal criminal law enforcement agencies are able to solve the federal crime that Anonymous has just committed with this hack. If and when they succeed in doing so, I hope that they prosecute the members of Anonymous who committed this crime to the fullest extent of the law.
    02Pete
    • 02Pete, Did you think before you responded in such an ill-informed manner?

      I certainly hope you have not spouted off with such an "illogical and unjust" proposal based on the mere thought process as the MSM.

      I will break this down for you in small portions, as it will be difficult for you to digest. You state "Based on the alleged conduct involved and the charges filed, it is highly unlikely, however, that any federal court in the country would have imposed the maximum penalties authorized,” I will say that in this you were partially right, and by that I mean PACER and JSTOR did drop the case and propose a settlement with the case dropped of all charges, respectfully. However, the U.S. Attorney's office stepped in on the case and went after Aaron.

      Lets recap, the first two cases led to dismissing and settling (would have been all charges dropped) for no fee... So with the U.S. Attorney, they took over and came after him with a 35year prison sentence and $1 million dollar fine. Pretty "unlikely" huh?

      Next, you state "People are entitled to engage in civil disobedience in order to protest what they perceive to be unjust laws, but they have to be prepared to accept the legal consequences of their choices." I would like to know how you know they "perceive" these laws to be unjust? Isn't that the same as you perceiving that they perceived? Do you know Americas History and the Revolutionary War? You are using "Trigger" words to make others think you are talking about one thing, but your in a whole different area. Its not "disobedience" if it is right, its called justice and order, and yes, "We the People" have that right.

      Moving on, you said, "If Mr. Swartz could not afford a defense attorney, and if the legal consequences of his actions had the potential to ruin his life, then he should have thought long and hard about that before intentionally choosing to violate a federal criminal statute." I am sure you knew that this attack went on for about 2 years and that can easily exhaust all of your financial resources. Aaron was not given the Constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial, but instead he was bullied by the system for two years until he could no longer take no more.

      Secondly, violating a criminal statute? Do you know what the CFAA was proposed and approved for in 1984? It was made to prevent computer crimes on government sites including financial institutions (banks). I’m sure you know that.

      I hope I haven't lost you yet? You confused me when you said; "He may also have had mental health issues which contributed to his decision to commit suicide". Have you read the speeches given by his family and girlfriend? Even his lawyer informed the prosecution that he was suicidal, in which they shrugged it off. Their lack of action and concern assisted in his suicide.

      I assume that this one will answer one of my previous questions in whether or not you know anything about the CFAA. "For Anonymous to retaliate against DOJ by using the computers of another federal agency as a route to target the individual employees of private sector banks is not only illegal, but completely illogical and unjustified." Illogical? Unjustified? This was the perfect response to the DOJ's actions regarding Aaron Swartz, and the banks, the other piece of the puzzle to the CFAA. This is logical and Just in proving that this government does not have full control over the people and as their system continues in its corrupt practices, their entity will fall again and again.

      Your right, "but the charges against Mr. Swartz had nothing to do with either banks or the federal agency whose computers were hijacked." Are you seeing the point here Pete? Are you "getting" it?

      I hope that when you are "enlightened" of the situation it will be to late for you to switch sides.
      Anonymous09