Anonymous hacks Bureau of Justice, leaks 1.7GB of data

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.

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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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Emil Protalinski

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  • The last bit

    is from RT, Russian Times, where Americans go to get news not covered in their country, such as OWS, and now the NATO demonstrations.
    lisamcpherson2008@...
    • The ONLY NEWS this Media covers is what THEY are Driving the Country to.

      A RACE WAR!
      Top Stories are all about RACE and not ONE of the Major Outlet's is reporting on the DHS and USDA's 475,000,000 Million Rounds of Hollow Point Ammo purchases. Daily we turn more and more into a POLICED STATE.... COMRADE!
      maj.williammartin
      • suspicious unbelievability

        Centuries ago, manipulators figured out that: the more preposterous a conspiracy sounds to those who would be fooled, the easier it is to disbelieve. Operate right in the open because no one would believe it. It is indeed an old trick that still works.
        Solenoid
    • RT is not "Russian Times" ...

      First, it's Russia Today, not Russian Times. Second, it's not where, "Americans go to get news not covered in their country;" it actually has very low viewership. Third, while it definitely covers stories not widely broadcast in the regular media, you're conveniently not mentioning the fact that it was specifically started to present a *biased* view *against* the US and the West.

      Yes, really: if you want actual hard news from Russia, including some of those stories, then go to RIA Novosti; they're the actual journalists. They share an office with RT (seeing as how they're both part of the same department within the Russian government), but RIAN is more like the BBC, whereas RT was specifically set up to be the anti-FoxNews.

      As for RT's coverage: they cover anything that puts the West in a bad light. Yes, they occasionally get the breakout story or two (e.g., they gave more coverage to OWS initially than the MSM - though I'd heard about OWS from the beginning simply by reading the NY Times; doesn't get much more MSM than the NYT). But they also have a lot of wingnuts on there (they once ran a very long segment about how the 9/11 truthers were about to dominate US politics - because one truther was possibly going to win one village alderman seat in one town of about 10,000 in NH). They play the odds: report everything they can find that's bad, no matter how trivial, and hope that 5% will actually stick - at which point, they crow: "Told you so!"

      Not sure I'd hold them up as brilliance in reporting.
      twicker
  • Ahh, This isn't NOTHING!

    If they were Smarter like the US and Israel, They would Hack into a Nuclear Reactor too. After all, As we daily learn of the Fukushima horrors unfolding, We have TWO COUNTRIES that Prosecute "OTHERS" for Cyber Crimes when They themselves do it, But they don't target "Data Bases" They Target Reactors that could go into Melt-Down!
    What a Awesome sort of Justice this Country has, Where if your the President you can Break he NDAA Law that you yourself Signed... Amazing!
    maj.williammartin
  • Wow

    ZD net apparently is letting people advocate violence and threats directly to free speech. Is that not a direct violation of the guidelines for being able to post. I think an Ip ban is in order.... dont you ? I believe their are some good police and feds in this world............ very very very few............ These three mister spock, klumper and rhonin are annoyed that people know the DOJ 1.7 gb leak was anonymous and that the shut down of Pirate bay was the government they work for........ why must you remain Lions for Lambs ? Money.... Power.....Greed..... You weren't loved as a child ... did mommy tease you with the nipple as a baby ?
    DoDbAnZ
    • Yeah, wow. Sure. Whatever you say.

      I think your last sentence was what is called "projection". You need to seek help, for that, and your paranoia. Please step away from the tinfoil.
      thetwonkey
  • You Haven't seen nothing yet!

    Expect something bigger. 30,000 drones coming to the USSA. New toys!
    AnonPuff
  • Fast and Furious

    Could there be any Fast and Furious emails in this dump? One could only hope so.
    DAvenger
  • Anonymous

    "We do not stand for any government or parties; we stand for freedom of people, freedom of speech and freedom of information."

    - and freedom for people to get their credit card numbers stolen.

    "We are releasing data to spread information, to allow the people to be heard and to know the corruption in their government."

    - and so criminals will know your social security numbers.

    "We are releasing it to end the corruption that exists, and truly make those who are being oppressed free."

    - Free the oppressed by stealing their identity and ruining their credit, and giving their personal information to criminals.

    Hey, anonymous, it looks like you're the ones oppressing people.
    bb_apptix
  • Wait a minute.

    Anonymous may be anonymous but at the end of the day, they're just people. All people are run by three and a half pounds of hamburger called a brain and this hamburger comes in a variety of flavours. So, Anonymous or any group like Homeland Security, Syria or the Soviet Union can go off the deep end via faulty evolution. This is a good reason for elections every four years so new hamburger can replace the old smelly stuff.
    trm1945
    • Ummm... Wow...

      This is some deep *hit here
      MLHACK
  • Anonymous = Plan B?

    This is Chapter One of a sci-fi novel. Given the way global governments have been assaulting civil and commercial liberties, in 10 years, Anonymous may be the only hope for humanity. They are united by one goal - the truth, aka transparency, in the idea that more and better information in the hands of people will lead to more positive outcomes in democracies. Crazy? Evil? It's sad, but when all reform fails again and again (look at what they did to Ron Paul), eventually, they may be all that's left.
    transcenden
  • "Who" is Anonymous again?

    http://www.infowars.com/problem-reaction-solution-anonymous-promises-to-take-down-the-internet/

    Maybe it 's just a government OP. of course we all know where Stuxnet virus came from.

    Do you honestly think for one second that a group could do this again and again and not be caught. Fast and Furious, yepper.

    Wake up and smell the corruption. They're playing you'all like a fiddle.
    netquestz