PayPal, Symantec hacked as Anonymous begins November 5 hacking spree
As it becomes the 5th of November around the world, Anonymous announced a hacking spree that has claimed many websites and a few databases - plus a planned V For Vendetta reenactment at the Houses of Parliament.
The press arm for Anonymoushas announced that it has begun its hacking spree for the 5th of November - Guy Fawkes Day.
Claims are circulating that hackers - some affilaited with Anonymous, and some not - have dumped user and employee account information on accounts from PayPal, Symantec, the defacement of Saturday Night Live's website, Australian government websites and much more.
CLARIFICATION: Claim for Symantec goes to @Doxbin, and they have stated that "HTP is not affiliated with Anonymous."
UPDATE Nov. 5, 12:20 AM PST: Reagrding Anonymous' post of docs and statement it hacked PayPal, PayPal's head of PR has tweeted that there is "no evidence to validate this claim." Yet at the time of this writing Anonymous Australia posted this URL to a PrivatePaste page - linking to five pages of data on an estimated 27,935 PayPal accounts. Within the past few hours that PrivatePaste page has since been removed.
UPDATE Nov. 5, 11:38 AM PST: PayPal has responded to request for comment and Anuj Nayar (PayPal's Senior Director of Communications) tells me via email, "It appears that the exploit was not directed at PayPal after all, it was directed at a company called ZPanel. The original story that started this and was retweeted by some of the Anonymous Twitter handles has now been updated." PayPal sent me this link to Cyberwars' newly updated post (the primary post information originated from).
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According to the various Anonymous Twitter accounts announcing the hacks and linking to document dumps, this is just the beginning of doc dumps and defacements for its day of protest. News of the protest is being shared on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pastebin.
Australian Government qla.org.au Hacked by Anonymous for Nov 5th