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Gaza under attack: Anonymous

Anonymous works to keep Gaza connected to the world, hacks and defaces Israeli websites. As Israel attacks Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip, Anonymous hacktivists use social media to organize and inform the beleaguered masses caught in the crossfire.

After Israel announced Wednesday, November 14, that they would be cutting off Internet services in Gaza.

The sites hacked by Anonymous are: http://www.advocate-israel.com/, http://danybarshay.co.il/home_page/, http://www.filtuna.co.il/, http://www.iconcept.co.il/, http://www.iiamo.co.il/, http://www.littner.co.il/.

Stop bombing #Gaza
Millions of Israelis & Palestinians
are lying awake, exposed & terrified.
Knowledge is free.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us!

 

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Anonymous to launch Wikileaks clone

According to a member of the Anonymous, there are plans to set up a similar service to Wikileaks by the end of the year.

A Wikileaks competitor is in the works, and due to be launched on December 21 this year, according to The Hacker News. A representative of the Anonymous – who said he was representing the collective as a whole — spoke about the project in an emailed interview with the Voice of Russia.

The project is called TYLER, and will be based on decentralized, peer-to-peer technology rather than fixed, dedicated servers.

When asked about the future of Wikileaks and the role of Anonymous, the “representative” said:

“Julian has threatened on at least one previous occasion to pull the plug on the project because the fundraising was not meeting his expectations. It was at that time that Anonymous began planning to field our own alternative disclosure platforms. Julian desperately needs WikiLeaks, and he is the only one that can pull the plug on the project. I rather think that so long as he is in dire straits, he will not do so despite any threats from him to the contrary.”

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A leader of hacker group Anonymous arrested in Texas

A self-professed leader of the computer hacker group Anonymous was arrested by authorities in Dallas, officials said on Thursday.

“He was arrested and brought in for booking about 11 p.m. last night,” said Dallas County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carmen Castro.

She didn’t know why Barrett Brown, 31, was arrested, saying there was no offense listed on the booking sheet. Brown was turned over to the FBI, she said.

A spokesman for the FBI declined to comment.

A Twitter account for the California law firm Leiderman Devine said it would be defending Brown at a hearing in Dallas federal court later on Thursday and that he had been detained on charges of “threatening a federal agent.”

Brown has been under the eye of law enforcement for some time and was interviewed by the FBI in March when authorities revealed that Hector Xavier Monsegur was the person behind Sabu, the colorful leader of Lulz Security, an offshoot of Anonymous.

Anonymous and other loosely affiliated hacking groups have taken credit for carrying out attacks against the CIA, Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, Japan’s Sony Corp, Mexican government websites and the national police in Ireland. Other victims included Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper arm News International, Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Authorities have been attempting to beat back the intrusions and have arrested a number of the groups’ key players.

Brown has been faulted by many members of Anonymous for using his real name and for being quoted as a representative of the group, which prides itself on being loosely knit and having no clear leaders.

He is best known for threatening to hack into the computers of the Zetas, one of Mexico’s deadly drug trafficking cartels.

Brown did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone on Thursday.

Several websites posted what they said was video of Brown conducting a web chat as officers arrived, yelling “get your hands up!”

It’s unclear whether Brown’s arrest is related to a rambling video he posted on YouTube Wednesday called “Why I’m Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith,” in which he says “I am fairly certain I am going to do prison time.”

In a monologue riddled with obscenities, Brown says he plans to “ruin” Smith’s life, adding that the FBI has threatened his mother with arrest and posted pictures of his home on line.

“Robert Smith’s life is over,” Brown said on the video.

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Anonymous calls for shut-down of TrapWire to start this Saturday

While details of a futuristic and frightening global surveillance network called TrapWire are discovered, members of the Anonymous collective are calling for people everywhere to voice their opposition and help end the system, starting this Saturday.

“As we learn about TrapWire and similar systems in the surveillance industry, it becomes more apparent that we must, at all costs, shut this system down and render it useless,” active members of the loose-knit hacktivist collective Anonymous write in a press release issued early Thursday. Starting with this weekend, the group is asking for anyone that is concerned with TrapWire and the acceleration of the world into a full-fledged surveillance state to make sure their voices are heard — peacefully.

Only one week after RT first broke news of TrapWire, an intricate global intelligence infrastructure discussed in emails claimed to be compromised from Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, activists around the world have denounced the state-of-the-art surveillance system that is believed to be in use at certain locales internationally.

According to emails Anonymous claims to have hacked from Stratfor that were then distributed to WikiLeaks as the ‘Global Intelligence Files,’ the TrapWire system has been installed in the cities of Las Vegas, New York, London and Washington, D.C., among others. Now members of the group are encouraging anyone that is opposed to a system orchestrated by mysterious artificial intelligence programming with vast government ties to civilly reject it.

“An omniscient AI electronic brain able to monitor us through the thick web of CCTV cameras, as well as online social media feeds is monstrous and Orwellian in its implications and possibilities. Anonymous will now put forth a call to arms. We will see to it that this evil and invasive system ceases to function, and the right to privacy is upheld,” members of the collective tell the media.

As stated in the Global Intelligence Files, Stratfor had a contractual agreement with TrapWire and its parent company, Abraxas, to advertise its product in exchange for an 8 percent commission [pdf]. Abraxas founder Richard Helms has publically claimed TrapWire, “can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition, draw patterns, and do threat assessments of areas.”

When Abraxas white-papers and other publically available information is corroborated by claims made in the alleged emails, though, the TrapWire system is turned into not just a tool to fight terrorists but a stealthy way of letting law enforcement and federal agencies monitor the moves and actions of any person of interest.

Stratfor has formally recognized that their servers were attacked but have never verified the authenticity of the Global Intelligence Files.

Off the record, Stratfor Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton claims in the hacked emails that TrapWire has allowed its affiliated agencies to do “what no US Govt Agency has been able to do in the CT [counterterrorism] arena.” Other accusations attributed to Stratfor link the surveillance system’s intelligence to being delivered “inside the walls” of the White House, Scotland Yard and other agencies, with Burton even touting their elusive ties in one decoded emails as purposely circumventing the “dysfunctional” Department of Homeland Security and bureaucratic Capitol Hill politics.

When the government is given the ability to decide what constitutes suspicious activity and no oversight into that decision making is at all apparent, the consequences of the TrapWire system transcend to a point where free speech and political activism can become nonexistent, lest the fear of governmental retaliation is ignored entirety. Given repeated reports of activists and journalists being targeted by law enforcement even within the United States this year, though, the fear of federal surveillance of all US citizens is quickly becoming not just a distant worry but a very real crisis.

Anonymous members have taken notice, and write this week, “The imbalance between our accountability to the government and big business and their accountability to us is growing.” Beginning Saturday, they want others to help end that asymmetry.

“Anonymous cordially invites you to observe and participate in an upcoming protest of what we see as a direct violation to our fundamental rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in privacy,” members of the group write. “This Saturday the 18th, Anonymous members will be engaging SplashCam as a branch of Op-TrapWire. The goal is to peacefully disrupt the unnecessary and disturbing surveillance of citizens beginning the morning of the 18, and ending when the network and infrastructure are proven to be off-line and no longer functioning.”

In order to do as much, Anonymous is also circulating suggestions that could be implemented to attempt to render TrapWire-linked cameras useless, even momentarily, including placing boxes and bags over cameras, plastering the lenses with stickers and even using household lubricates and other viscous liquids to leave the lenses unusable.

“Some TrapWire cameras are sealed inside a plastic dome, from which they observe our every move. Cover or smear this dome, or the exposed lenses, and the camera becomes useless. A way to achieve this is smudging with Vaseline, or other grease. Pudding as well as bean or starch pastes are also great alternatives, and while removable, are not easily cleaned whence dry,” members write.

“Many cameras are not within easy reach, so for these we recommend supersoakers or water-balloons full of karo syrup and water or, more easily available, soda.If you are within reach of the camera but do not have access to aforementioned items, simple crayons or other waxes will suffice.”

In the single week since TrapWire has been exposed, both Abraxas and its parent company have tried to dismiss their connection with the program, although alleged Stratfor emails suggest that the system, at least at the time of that correspondence, was growing by the day.

The New York Police Department — who is documented in the Global Intelligence Files to have entered an agreement with the surveillance system — has shot down rumors of existing ties as well. In Australia, where TrapWire is rumored to be operated, a Sydney Morning Herald piece published earlier this week critiquing the project was mysteriously scrubbed from the website of the paper and its affiliates.

With the mainstream media only slowly catching on to a campaign growing even quicker than TrapWire itself, Anonymous members say that dismantling the linked devices and raising awareness is necessary for the sake of all.

“They will not hesitate to label us terrorists, and that we are out to destroy and undermine safety,” the members say in a statement. “They will say we are the ones placing you in danger. We are merely patriots taking a stand for individual rights outlined in the Constitution and which our elected officials swear to uphold but have failed to do.”

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Anonymous may hack Mars rover ‘Curiosity’

LONDON: NASA’s Mars rover ‘Curiosity’ might be facing a hacking threat from the notorious hacker group, Anonymous, a US security firm has claimed.

Anonymous had reportedly brought down websites including Visa and several US government sites as a protest against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest, and ‘Curiosity’ could be their next target, the Daily Mail reported.

A New York security firm claimed to have spotted a message on an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) asking for help to hack into the signals NASA uses to communicate with the Curiosity rover.

Flashpoint Partners spotted a message by user ‘MarsCuriosity’ in one of the Anonymous-related IRC channels that it monitors known as the AnonOps IRC channel.

“Anyone in Madrid, Spain or Canbarra who can help isolate the huge control signal used for the Mars Odyssey / Curiosity system please?” the message read.

“The cypher and hopping is a standard mode, just need base frequency and recordings/feed of the huge signal going out. (yes we can spoof it both directions!),” it added.

There is speculation by online discussion groups that the message could be a fake, or even an attempt by law enforcement agencies to trap hackers, the report said.

‘Curiosity’ had made a spectacular landing in Gale Crater at 05:30 GMT (11:00 IST) on August 6 in a two-year search to find out if the red planet once hosted conditions suitable for life.

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Somebody Wants Anonymous To Hack The Curiosity Mars Rover

The Curiosity Mars Rover landing is one of the most significant engineering and scientific events of the year. The guys at NASA are super proud and we are all lucky to see the beautiful photos it’s sending back. It seems like nothing could go wrong, right?

PC Magazine is reporting that a rogue element is requesting members of Anonymous to join in on his latest escapade – hacking the NASA control center that’s in charge of Curiosity. Suitably, the person is going by the name of “MarsCuriosity” and has been asking Anonymous members in Madrid, Spain or Cabarra for help.

So what exactly does he want to do? For now, he wants to “isolate the huge control signal used for the Mars Odyssey/Curiosity system.” He needs the “base frequency and recordings/feed for the huge signal going out.” He says that the signal being sent to Curiosity can be “spoofed both ways.” That could either mean that he wants to send NASA bogus video footage or send bogus instructions to Curiosity. Either way, it wouldn’t be good.

As PC Magazine points out, however, MarsCuriosity may not even be a member of Anonymous. He could just be somebody looking to make a name for himself and he wants to enlist members of Anonymous into the operation. They also point out that it’s unlikely such a hack would ever take place even if he were to get help from a few members within Anonymous.

It’s still a strange what-if kind of scenario. Hacking is commonplace now and it’s only a matter of time before something big happens. The media coverage that the Curiosity has received thus far makes it a perfect target for a hacker hoping to get famous. Here’s hoping it doesn’t come to that though. I would like to think that members within Anonymous would have enough smarts to not mess with NASA or the advancement of science for something shallow like fame.

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Anonymous Hackers Target Ukraine

Members of Anonymous recently launched DDoS attacks against several Ukrainian government Web sites in response to the government’s takedown of torrent site Demonoid.

“The collective targeted and took down the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine (nrada.gov.ua), the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights (uacrr.kiev.ua), and the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association (apo.kiev.ua),” writes ZDNet’s Emil Protalinski. “All the sites appear to be fully operational again at the time of writing.”

“The move comes days after the Ukrainian government shut down popular bittorent tracker site Demonoid,” writes International Digital Times’ Mo Mozuch. “The group posted a statement on its PR blog condemning the move, and accusing the Ukrainian government of caving in to U.S. anti-piracy pressure.”

“Despite Demonoid blocking all Ukranian IP addresses to avoid upsetting local law, the site still attracted the attention of the authorities,” the statement reads. “The raid on Demonoid was timed to coincide with the first trip of Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s to the United States on the agenda: copyright infringement. This implies that the attack against Demonoid was a preplanned operation, and a deliberate and malicious attack against Internet Freedom. We will not let this go unpunished. We will seek revenge against all criminals responsible and their punishments will be severe.”

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Anonymous hackers delay posting stolen Australian ISP data

A MAJOR security breach expected to hit an ISP last night following a threat from the hacker movement Anonymous has been delayed.

An active member of Anonymous yesterday told The Australian that the hackers planned to leak a very large cache of data stolen from a major Australian ISP around 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time last night.

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The ABC interviews Anonymous regarding AAPT hack

After initially saying that it would release the data this morning the group says that it is more likely to appear on Monday but may take “even a month.” They “are entirely not sure, There is over 600 tables in the database.” [note the interview was conducted over Internet Relay Chat which frequently results in web-shorthand contractions and spelling mistakes. All quotes are left unedited.] The delay stems from the group cleaning potentially-damaging personal details such as credit card numbers from the records.

[Update] The hackers have been in touch again and told us the following: “We decided on something. That instead of releasing the leak as a whole, We will be releasing in parts. Just in case we miss something of importance. The first part should be ready to leak on Saturday.”

The hacktivists insist that the reason for the release is to protest against Attorney General Nicola Roxon’s proposed increases in government surveillance powers and highlight the fact that these powers would result in ever-increasing amounts of personal details being stored on servers similar to the one that has been hacked.

The group claims to be in the process of releasing some 42GB of data from Australian ISP AAPT with some 3.5GB of it being customer information. The ISP has already admitted that “business customer data” was compromised due to an intrusion with its Melbourne IT hosts.

According to the interview, data includes, “names, agreements, phonerecords, ip records registrations, contracts, company informations, contact persons, company bankaccounts. All the info is there. And there is a lot of it.”

One operative made the following statement which is in line with previous Anonymous releases, “Whilst our own rights to privacy dwindle, corporate rights to commercial confidentiality and intellectual property skyrocket. Whilst we no longer know about many of the activities of our governments, our governments have the means to accumulate unprecedented vast banks of data about us”

He goes on to say, “the attacks are a way to draw attention to the msg we wish to deriver to the ppl of au”

Time of activity suggest that the operatives are Australian-based. This was underscored by the following claim, “great show on four corners last week btw about Julian” which is a reference to Julian Assange of Wikileaks who is admired by Anonymous.

The hackers didn’t think much of the security they cracked saying, “They did not even secure the ColdFusion login. So ANY one could of accessed, and leaked data.”

The interview finishes with a dose of the ominous:

“Will there be more hacks?”
“Yes. Definetely. Much more, A lot more.”

The following is the IRC chatroom chatlog between an ABC Producer and the hackers at least one of whom runs the @Op_Australia Twitter account which has been the source of the hack. It is left virtually unedited: chatlogs appear very strange when using correct grammar and spelling while subtle nuances and meanings get lost. Names have been changed at the request of the interviewees.
– Lisa joined

Lisa Hello this is Lisa
AnonUser1 Hello Lisa.
Lisa Downey do you think you’ll release the redacted data?
Lisa Sorry on bus
AnonUser2 hi
AnonUser1 It’s alright.

Lisa Question is, when do you think you’ll release the redacted data?
AnonUser1 But yeah, You’ll be interviewing myself and AnonUser2

AnonUser1 We are entirely not sure, There is over 600 tables in the database.

AnonUser1 So it can take from a week, to a month to remove all data.
AnonUser2 yes review will take longer than the release itself

Lisa Can you tell me what type of data you have? Names, credit card no?
AnonUser1 I haven’t actually went through it yet
AnonUser1 But i’ll ask someone who has.
AnonUser2 the data is not so much as important as the reason as to its
release lisa

Lisa What do you mean by ‘release’?
Lisa Yep I’m following what the security agencies have asked for
AnonUser2 well the operation running atm is in protest of the current
proposed legislation in regards to data retention
AnonUser2 Two key assumptions have dominated recent government security policy. The first is that the threat of terror and international crime
AnonUser2 means that the government’s right to know everything about us must outweigh our individual right to privacy. The second is that the rights
AnonUser2 of the government and major corporations to secrecy must outweigh our right to know about their activities

AnonUser1 names, agreements, phonerecords, ip records registrations,
contracts, company informations, contact persons, company bankaccounts
AnonUser1 All the info is there. And there is a lot of it.
AnonUser2 Whilst our own rights to privacy dwindle, corporate rights to
commercial confidentiality and intellectual property skyrocket. Whilst we no longer know about many of the activities of our governments, our governments have the means to accumulate unprecedented vast banks of data about us

Lisa I was planning a story on Monday.
AnonUser2 we feel an increase in the current data rentention laws not only
treats every Australian as a criminal but also increases the risks we have highlighted this week to our own digital finger prints

AnonUser1 Ok

Lisa You say this is the start of your protest, right?
AnonUser1 Yes
AnonUser2 yes

Lisa Will ere be more hacks?
AnonUser1 Yes
AnonUser1 Definetely
AnonUser1 Much more, A lot more.
AnonUser1 There will also be a lot of DDoS attacks as soon as it goes through.
AnonUser2 we will continue to put the pressure on the au government while our rights are being abused yes

Lisa What about the agencies requests for citizen passwords? Are you
tailoring each attack to a specific request by the agencies?
AnonUser1 May even be able to organise some sort of protest, Like we did for #OpIndia and #OpJapan and others.
AnonUser2 yes and the attacks are a way to draw attention to the msg we wish to deriver to the ppl of au

Lisa Ok are you talking to other journalists?
AnonUser2 so they will vary depending on the phase of the operation at that time
AnonUser1 Yes, Many others.

Lisa Could we do a Skype on Monday?
AnonUser2 skype is unsecure

Lisa Or tomorrow?
AnonUser2 we feel we would expose ourselves by the use of skype
Lisa Iok

Lisa Ok tell me how easy it was to get this info
AnonUser2 like i said i have heard of them
AnonUser2 when we wer working on operatins in the middle east
Lisa That’s them.
AnonUser2 ya same group
Lisa Yep
AnonUser2 great show on four corners last week btw
AnonUser2 about julian
AnonUser1 You would not believe how easy it was to get the info.
Lisa Ta, we work hard…….Ok so let me get some of your quotes out to
news tonight….just about the type of info you have and there will be
more hacks

AnonUser1 They did not even secure the ColdFusion login.
AnonUser1 So ANY one could of accessed, and leaked data.

AnonUser1 So there’s going to be something on the news tonight?
AnonUser2 i would like to point out to if data retention laws r imposed on au isps like the ones proposed a lot more servers like this will be floating around with ppls information on them

Lisa If you want that yes, but will be online most likely and News 24.
AnonUser1 Ok, News 24, Is that on Foxtel?
AnonUser2 i pretty much only watch abc/sbs commercial tv annoys me to much
AnonUser2 lol
AnonUser1 I’m on ABC1 watching the 7:30pm show thing

AnonUser2 maybe you should cover the data sharing agreements signed last month with nicola roxn
Lisa Love to do that…..
AnonUser1 Sure
AnonUser1 An interview like this is fine. We will be here.
AnonUser2 n how this tied in with the tppa n the US ndda in theory would
allow the US to investigate au citizens without au gov knowledge n then also with the terrorist label being thrown around allow extradition of n au citizen for being a nuisance to the US gov

Lisa Ok I’ll come find you on twitter again?
Lisa Yes
AnonUser2 n in the meantime make julia apologize for calling julian a
criminal in 2010 with out any evidence being put forward at all

Lisa Do you think you’ll drop anything new on Monday?
AnonUser1 Possibly more hacked sites?
AnonUser1 And the Release of the data should be released by Monday
AnonUser2 we will continue the research n attacks u never know 😉

Lisa Okay if we can time that then we’ll be in good shape.
AnonUser2 what time on 24 do u expect

Lisa Ok I have to email these quotes through -can you just keep this up
for 20mins?

AnonUser2 that is np can keep it open all month if we want
AnonUser1 Damn, News24 is a HD channel.
AnonUser2 can watch it online

Lisa Lovely let’s do that, you don’t have HD it’s streamed live online.
AnonUser2 http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/
AnonUser2 we need to get some one to record it n start making a video
AnonUser2 for the op
AnonUser2 a good one
AnonUser1 Oh, it’s online too?
AnonUser1 Awesome.
AnonUser2 yup

As with previous Anonymous (and splinter group, Lulzsec) hacks, the actions have split opinion. To some they are akin to criminals who are breaking and entering illegally. However, last year’s high profile hacks on the likes of Sony drew public, corporate and government attention to the importance of online security like never before. There is also the point that criminal hackers, who seek to profit from such information, do not announce their hacks to the world.

If you are concerned that your account has been hacked, the website shouldichangemypassword.com tells you if your password has been released to the public.

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Anonymous supporters protest internet censorship in Japan

TOKYO: About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads.

In light rain, they took part in an ‘Anonymous cleaning service’ for one hour in a park and on pavements in the shopping and entertainment hub of Shibuya, a change from the group’s trademark website attacks.

They were dressed in black and wore masks of Guy Fawkes, the central figure in England’s 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up parliament, which have become a symbol of protests by the loosely linked alliance around the world.

Last month, Japan’s parliament enacted new copyright laws that could mean jail for anyone illegally downloading copyrighted music and movies.

On June 26, websites of the Japanese finance ministry, the Supreme Court and other public offices were defaced or brought down after an Anonymous online statement denounced the new laws.

The statement claimed Japan’s recording industry and other content providers were now pushing internet service providers to implement surveillance technology that will spy on every single internet user in Japan.

The group, which assembled for the clean-up service in Tokyo, attributed the cyber attacks to other Anonymous elements around the world.

“We prefer constructive and productive solutions,” the group said in a statement. “We want to make our fellow citizens aware of the problem with a productive message.”

“In IRC (internet relay chat), somebody proposed cleaning as a means of protest as we didn’t want to follow the style of mass anti-nuclear rallies which are getting too much,” said a spokesman for the assembly.

“I guess this is the first time that a Japanese-led Anonymous group stages an outside operation,” said the man who said he works as an engineer in the computer industry.

“The cleaning service has amused overseas Anonymous allies as something unique to the Japanese,” said another spokesman. “We want to continue stating our case on the net.”

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