Anonymous hacks Bureau of Justice, leaks 1.7GB of data

Summary:Anonymous has apparently hacked the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics and posted 1.7GB of data belonging to the agency on The Pirate Bay. This is a Monday Mail Mayhem release.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have leaked 1.7GB of data belonging to the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The file, which has been uploaded as a torrent and posted on The Pirate Bay, reportedly contains internal e-mails as well as the website's "entire database dump."

It remains to be seen if there's anything incriminating in this leak. After all, the BJS is simply a federal government agency belonging to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that collects, analyzes, and publishes data relating to crime in the U.S. (including hacker attacks).

As you can see in the video above, the group also claims the BJS took down its website in response to the attack. By then it was supposedly too late. Here's the video's transcript of the English part:

Greetings world, We are Anonymous. Today we are releasing 1.7GB of data that used to belong to the United States Bureau of Justice, until now. Within the booty you may find lots of shiny things such as internal emails, and the entire database dump. We Lulzed as they took the website down after being owned, clearly showing they were scared of what inevitably happened.

We do not stand for any government or parties; we stand for freedom of people, freedom of speech and freedom of information. We are releasing data to spread information, to allow the people to be heard and to know the corruption in their government. We are releasing it to end the corruption that exists, and truly make those who are being oppressed free. The price we pay very often is our own freedom. The price governments pay is the exposure of their corruption and the truth being revealed, for the truth will set us free in the end. So once more we call on you. Hackers, activists, and freedom fighters; join us in our struggle against these corporate

Curiously, an unmasked gentleman is shown at the end of the video. He says the following:

What's next? What's next is... all they can do is shut down the Internet itself. And we see, how that went for them, in Egypt. And we the people know, that when the government shuts down the Internet, that's when it's time to shut down the government.

He then puts on the Guy Fawkes mask and repeats the well-known Anonymous slogan:

We are Anonymous We do not forgive We do not forget Expect us

To keep things more interesting, he throws in a little something extra: "And now, expect a whole lot more."

I have contacted the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics and will update you if I hear back.

Update at 6:00 PM PST - "The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a website server operated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that contained data from their public website," a DOJ spokesperson statement. "The Bureau of Justice Statistics website has remained operational throughout this time. The department's main website, justice.gov, was not affected."

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Topics: Government : US, Government, Security

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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