Anon claims ‘d0x’ on bank execs
4k logins published in Operation Last Resort
As part of its ongoing campaign following the suicide of RSS inventor and activist Aaron Swartz, Anonymous has published the names and login details of what it says are 4,000 US banking executives.
The information was first posted on a site under the Alabama .gov domain (the Alabama Criminal Justice Center), with a mirror posted to a Chinese domain (a choice bound to stoke paranoia among the infosec community). Operation Last Resort has, via Twitter, claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least some of the names checked by The Register correspond to the individuals’ affiliations given in the Anonymous spreadsheet (we have not, of course, attempted to test login information). While e-mails for the individuals aren’t secret (they were revealed by Google as soon as El Reg conducted its name searches), the login information will be sensitive at least until all the compromised accounts are reset.
The group had already attacked the United States Sentencing Commission website (susbstituting its home page with a game of Asteroids). On the Operation Last Resort Twitter account, the attackers claimed that the information was obtained from Federal Reserve machines.
Another message on the same account associated the timing of the information release with the February 4 deadline for Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to House Oversight Committee questions about the handling of Aaron Swartz’s prosecution.
Swartz had opened a hole in MIT’s JSTOR system, allowing free access to academic papers, and the Justice Department was pursuing him for computer crimes with as much as a half-century of jail time on offer. ®
Whats the point?
Honestly this just reflects badly on anon. Sure, bankers are hardly the top of my Christmas card list but I've seen how far a dox can go at the same time.
There's better ways to get a point across. Wonder if Swartz would of approved of the "activism" in his name.
Dox or scrape?
So the Anonyputzs CLAIM to have the email logins and passwords for all these execs? Male bovine manure. If they had even one then they would have published all his emails with their usual childish glee, they have such an irrational hatred of anyone in finance. I suspect all they did was scrape websites until they had the list of emails, then made up passwords. If anyone checks the passwords and finds they don't work, the Anonyputzs will claim it's because the passwords have been changed. Usual skiddie-induced yawn.
I'll go a step farther and say I honestly don't see that Swartz would have approved of this move — what does a list of bankers have to do with JSTOR's remuneration to publishers rather than authors, to arbitrary and ridiculous sentencing limits or to the failure of the law to differentiate hacking penalties based on motive?
Anonymous continue to act as a group of attention-hungry children with no philosophy or ideology beyond enjoying a bit of bullying. Sometimes they may pick targets you personally don't like but that hardly absolves them.