Anonymous brings down Interpol website in retaliation for 25 arrests

Published: 29 February, 2012, 03:57
Edited: 07 March, 2012, 12:18

Interpol’s main website has been downed by the Anonymous hacker group in retaliation for the international police agency’s hacker arrests worldwide. And such attacks will continue, the hacktivists promise.

The website Interpol.int was unreachable for a half hour on Wednesday. Access was later restored, although the loading time remains slow. The attack appears to have been conducted using a botnet. Anonymous Twitter accounts tweeted “interpol.int seems to be #TangoDown. We can’t say that this surprises us much,” and “Looks like interpol.int is having some traffic issues. Now who would have expected that?”

The attacks came as Interpol announced the arrests of 25 suspected Anonymous members, aged between 17 and 40, who it alleges planned coordinated cyber-attacks against Colombia’s defense ministry and presidential websites, Chile’s Endesa electricity company and national library, among other targets. The arrests were part of Operation Unmask, during which police in Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Spain seized computers, mobile phones, credit cards and cash at 40 locations in 15 cities.

Among the 25 under arrest are four Anonymous hackers detained by police in Spain on Tuesday under claims that they conducted attacks on Spanish political party websites. The Spanish National Police also said two servers in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic had been blocked as part of Operation Unmask, and that a manager of Anonymous operations in Spain and Latin America, known by the aliases Thunder and Pacotron, was among those arrested.

The four are also suspected of vandalizing websites, conducting DDoS attacks and publishing sensitive data on police officers assigned to Spain’s royal palace and its prime minister’s office.

Anonymous has added Interpol’s scalp to its already impressive collection of successfully downed websites.

Their most notable operation up to date was the response to the closing down of the Megaupload file sharing service. In retaliation, Anonymous attacked the websites of the White House, after succeeding in taking down the websites of the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.

In another headline-making case, WikiLeaks released over 5 million emails of the private intelligence company Stratfor, dubbed the “shadow CIA.” Reports say Wikileaks obtained the data through the Anonymous network.

A message spread by an Anonymous spokesperson said the group intends to continue attacks for the “unforeseeable future”.

A Twitter message reportedly associated with the Brazilian wing of the group said “Interpol, you can’t take Anonymous. It’s an idea.”

via Anonymous brings down Interpol website in retaliation for 25 arrests — RT.

Anonymous Attacks Monsanto Network, Releases Employee Contact Data

By: Fahmida Y. Rashid
2011-07-15

Anonymous released personal information and documents stolen from agricultural chemical and biotechnology company Monsanto as the Senate discusses a committee to address cyber-security issues.

The hacking group Anonymous has struck again, this time releasing documents it said it stole from the network of giant biotechnology and agricultural seed company Monsanto in retribution for alleged corporate misconduct.

The hacking collective posted information it stole last month on 2,500 Monsanto employees and associates, the group announced July 13. Anonymous also launched a distributed denial-of-service attack on Monsanto’s international Websites, forcing the company to shut down the sites for approximately three days.

The group claimed it spent two months attacking the Monsanto network to access hundreds of pages of documents that it contends reveal “Monsanto’s corrupt, unethical, and downright evil business practices.”

In the process, the group accessed three mail servers and released sensitive personal information, including full names, addresses, phone numbers “and exactly where they work,” Anonymous wrote on text-sharing site Pastebin. The list also included contact details for media outlets as well as other agricultural companies.

The group also promised to post a wiki providing all the information, including articles and emails,  “in a more centralized and stable environment,” similar to what it did with HB Gary Federal emails on the AnonLeaks site earlier this year.

“Monsanto experienced a disruption to our Websites which appeared to be organized by a cyber-group,” said Tom Escher, the company’s director of corporate affairs, in an email to msnbc.com.

These types of activist attacks are not limited to the private sector as government agency Websites like the Central Intelligence Agency, private-public partnership sites affiliated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton have been hit recently, Sen. John McCain (R-Airs.) wrote July 14 in a letter to the Senate leadership. He called these kinds of attacks threats to national security.

McCain wrote, “to renew [his] request that the Senate create a temporary Select Committee on Cyber-Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks.” The committee could also develop a comprehensive cyber-security legislation based on disparate proposals currently in the Senate, he said.

“I truly believe the only way to ensure the protection of sensitive and valuable information from tampering or dissemination by unauthorized persons is a Select Committee,” McCain said.

In a letter to Senate majority leader Harry Reid and minority leader Mitch McConnell, McCain requested a committee be appointed to specifically look into the various cyber-attacks and data breaches on federal agencies and contractors.

The temporary Senate committee was necessary to “adequately address” the growing threat from hacking collectives, such as Anonymous and other malicious perpetrators, as well as the risk of losing more classified documents to whistleblowers, such as Wikileaks, McCain wrote.

It won’t be an easy task to untangle the snarl of cyber-security-related legislation and proposals currently swirling around Washington, D.C. At least three committees have drafted proposed bills, and at least seven committees claim some jurisdiction over cyber-security, McCain said.

The White House has also put forward a legislative proposal outlining the Obama administration’s cyber-security goals in May. The Department of Energy released its own set of requirements and responsibilities for a cyber-security program the same month.

The Department of Commerce is still taking comments on its June proposal to establish voluntary codes of behavior for the private sector to improve cyber-security. To top it off, the Department of Defense on July 14 released its strategy on how it will operate in cyber-space.

“With so many agencies and the White House moving forward with cyber-security proposals, we must provide congressional leadership on this pressing issue of national security,” McCain wrote in the letter.

via Anonymous Attacks Monsanto Network, Releases Employee Contact Data – IT Infrastructure – News & Reviews – eWeek.com.

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