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‘A Line Was Crossed’: Anonymous Hacks U.S. Gov’t Website, Threatens to Release Secret Information
Jan. 26, 2013 10:54am Madeleine Morgenstern

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Anonymous Hacks U.S. Govt Website, Threatens to Release Secret Information

This screen shot shows the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission after it was hijacked by the hacker-activist group Anonymous, early Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago “a line was crossed.” (AP)

The hacker-activist group Anonymous said it hijacked the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s website and was threatening to release secret government information to avenge the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, according to media reports.

A message that appeared on www.ussc.gov demanded the U.S. reform its justice system or face leaks to news outlets, according to CNN. The Associated Press reported the hackers claimed it had infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information. The Sentencing Commission’s website was unavailable Saturday morning.

According to CNN, Anonymous claimed to have “enough fissile material for multiple warheads” to launch against the Justice Department and “its associated executive branches.”

Friends and family of Swartz, a co-founder of the social site Reddit, have blamed his suicide on his ongoing legal battle after he posted millions of court and academic documents usually requiring payment for free online.

Anonymous warned that “a line was crossed” with Swartz’s death and named their attack “Operation Last Resort.”

Richard McFeely, the FBI’s executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, said in a statement Saturday that the bureau was aware of the breach “as soon as it happened and are handling it as a criminal investigation.”

“We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network,” McFeely said.
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#21730
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Earl, I certainly could be wrong here (since there isn't enough data to form a firm conclusion) but to me this reeks of 100% disinformation.

What are we told again and again by the propaganda machine? The U.S. "needs to improve its cyber-warfare capabilities" because (supposedly) there are all these "cyber-terrorists" who are threatening it. Of course the REALITY is that the U.S. is already the world's great "cyber-terrorist" -- and it's implausible that ANY "group of hackers" could be a real threat.



All this is is a DUPLICATION of the U.S.'s "War on Terror" propaganda campaign -- except they insert the word "cyber" in front of all the new propaganda. And just like the phony "War on Terror" it's essential for the U.S. government to manufacture at least a few "enemies" -- or even the brain-dead Sheep won't swallow the new tripe.

Proof here will only come via hindsight. If these "internet hackers" DO actually produce some "important revelations" then I'll have to revise my opinion. On the other hand, if this turns out to be another "Wikileaks" -- where we had ENORMOUS amounts of hype but NOTHING of substance ever came out -- then I submit that this would prove my own analysis correct.
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#22470
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Anonymous strikes Wall Street CEOs, leaks personal information


www.examiner.com/article/anonymous-strik...personal-information

Declaring “the guilty must pay,” Anonymous has released 4.6 gigabytes of data detailing the personal information of Wall Street CEOs and other high level Wall Street executives.

Links to the data began appearing via Twitter on March 2. AnonymousIRC, a popular Twitter account associated with the international hacktivist collective known as Anonymous, tweeted the following:

4.6GB .xml files on CEOs and Directors [Compressed to 520mb zip] bit.ly/15VxSkA #Anonymous #OWS #OpWallStreet #BofA #Bloomberg

The leak is associated with Operation Wall Street, a new protest launched by Anonymous hacktivists against the US government, Wall Street and the financial services industry. The operation seeks justice for those “who have lost their homes and had their lives destroyed” by "the crimes of Goldman Sachs and other firms."

The following is an excerpt from a statement announcing Operation Wall Street:

It is obvious that the DoJ and other government entities such as the SEC think that it is more important for them to regulate freedom of speech and information rather than to regulate the blatant organized crimes of the financial market. They persecute people like us, Occupy, and Aaron Swartz instead of the Bankers and Wall Street executives and CEOs who have robbed Americans of their hard earned tax dollars.

Thousands of innocent and exploited people are being forced into homelessness while these same CEOs and executives make billions in so called profit. They make their fortunes on the shattered lives and broken dreams of people who were nothing more than slightly ignorant when trying to establish a comfortable life for themselves and their family.

It is no longer tolerable that these men and women get to live in luxury and lawlessness while innocent people are pushed into poverty and people who fight for freedom are prosecuted and demonized.

They must be stopped.

The guilty must pay.

We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not Forgive, We do not Forget.

Expect Us.

Last week Anonymous hacktivists released 14 gigabytes of information implicating Bank of America and others in a massive spying operation. Hacktivists claim the data dump reveals that Bank of America hired at least one web intelligence firm to spy on hackers, social activists and numerous other private citizens.
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Really interesting stuff Earl!

However, in the absence of any SPECIFIC INFORMATION in material like this, I caution everyone to remain aware that material such as this may be all disinformation.

This group "Anonymous" (lol!!!) boasts about being "hackers" at a time when the government is in the process of equating "hackers" with "terrorists". Anonynous announces it is "associated" with Occupy Wall Street. Now I could be ignorant here, but I'm unaware of OWS ever claiming to be "associated" with Anonymous.

Now observe the following chain of events.

"Hackers" becomes "terrorists".
Anonymous become "terrorists".
Anonymous "associates itself" with OWS.
OWS become "terrorists".


When we think of the absurdly/obviously false propaganda that the mainstream is able to successfully pass-off on a permanent basis -- like 2% inflation -- selling the lie above would be child's play. After Wikileaks (endless quantities of "smoke" but NO FIRE), I'm going to be very, very careful before showing any unqualified enthusiasm for so-called "hackers".

And think about this as the U.S. goes through its 21st century version of "McCarthyism". If Anonymous become "terrorists" and YOU have link afer link of articles writing favorably about Anonymous on your computer hard-drive, then maybe YOU just became a terrorist too.


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P.S. You'll note that about the ONLY destructive entities whom the U.S. government does not seem to want to call "terrorists" are the worst terrorists of all: the Financial Terrorists.


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#22485
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Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for
themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You'll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought
valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything up until now will have been lost.

That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It's outrageous and unacceptable.

"I agree," many say, "but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they
make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it's perfectly legal —
there's nothing we can do to stop them." But there is something we can, something that's already being done: we can fight back.

Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been
sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your friends.

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It's called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn't immoral — it's a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.

Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies.

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It's time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

Aaron Swartz

July 2008, Eremo, Italy

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#22487
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Earl, I find thinking/activity of this nature MUCH more unambiguously "benign" than what is being done by the (supposed) White Knight Hackers.

Consider what Anonymous and Wikileaks really represent. "Hackers" (by definition: "sneaky people") are breaking into secured databases in order to steal Secrets. And after they (claim to) have "stolen Secrets"; what do they say?

They say:

Look! There is the Government [or the "Bankers", or some other "Boogeyman" -- real or imagined]. They have Secrets which they are keeping from you. You can't trust them.

Now we are the Keepers of the Secrets. But we're different. We're your Friends. You can trust us
[fine, honourable people that we are].



Conversely, what's in the previous article is an effort at a transparent process to get everything (in the realm of science) out into the OPEN. Nothing about Wikileaks or Anonymous is open/transparent (honest). Simply switching from one Keeper of the Secrets to a (supposedly) different Keeper of the Secrets.

But note what I've already written: the propaganda is failing (for obvious reasons), and at an accelerating rate. This leaves the Fascists with no (effective) brainwashing tool except disinformation. When people cease to trust "the Government" and its official, media mouthpiece; then the government PRETENDS to be "the Opposition" -- whispering into people's ears (or sometimes shouting it from roof-tops): we're different; you can trust us...

I hate to descend to trust-no-one paranoia, but we have been left with no choice. We MUST be deluged with more and more Government disinformation artists -- pretending to be "our Friends", because they have no other options. When someone says/writes "I'm your Friend" and/or "You can trust me"; our firm-but-polite response is "prove it." And if all you get from such "Friends" is more Keeper of the Secrets bull-shit; don't trust them.

Our operative mantra (unless/until things change for the better) was supplied to us by Pete Townsend, 40 years ago:

Meet the New Boss,
Same as the Old Boss.


...and (unfortunately) "Bosses" -- i.e. Keepers of the Secrets -- come in assorted shapes, sizes, and flavors.

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