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Anonymous says NATO is victim of hacking bid|
Friday, July 22, 2011
By Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- The group calling itself Anonymous on Thursday claimed credit for hacking into NATO servers and stealing 1 gigabyte of sensitive information as part of its campaign to harass and humiliate prominent targets.
Anonymous said it would be "irresponsible" to publish most of the material it stole from NATO. But it posted a PDF file on its Twitter page showing what appeared to be a document headed "NATO Restricted," dated Aug. 27, 2007.
"Hi NATO," the group teased on Twitter. "Yes, we haz more of your delicious data," hinting that more would be released in the next few days.
"NATO is aware that a hackers group has released what it claims to be NATO classified documents on the Internet," Damien Arnaud, a spokesman for the trans-Atlantic military alliance, said in an email. "NATO security experts are investigating these claims. We strongly condemn any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of NATO allies, armed forces and citizens."
Groups calling themselves "hacktivists" -- which target websites and servers in pursuit of political agendas -- have now joined the list of cyber threats identified by government and corporate security officials.
"It is one of the up-and-coming biggest concerns for the FBI," said Robert Nickel, chief of the public-private alliance unit in the bureau's cyber division, speaking at a cyber conference last week. But he added: "The good news is, when those guys are caught, they fold like a house of cards. When someone from the FBI comes and says, 'You're looking at 20 years for hacking into the CIA website,' they rat on everybody."
Anonymous has conducted denial-of-service attacks to disrupt access to websites of PayPal, Visa and MasterCard in retaliation for the companies' suspending the accounts of WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy site that posted classified U.S. government data.
The FBI also has targeted Anonymous and related hacker groups. On Tuesday, it arrested 14 suspected Anonymous members for alleged roles in attacking PayPal. U.S. authorities said two other Americans, four Dutch nationals and one Briton were arrested on suspicion of participating in other attacks against companies and organizations.
Associated Press contributed.
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