Leaked Apple IDs came from a publishing company, not the FBI

By on September 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Leaked Apple IDs came from a publishing company, not the FBI

Apple UDID Hack

Hackers who are purportedly part of Anonymous last week claimed to have stolen more than 12 million unique identifiers belonging to various Apple (AAPL) devices. The hackers claimed that the IDs were obtained from a compromised FBI laptop, although both Apple and the FBI denied the report. But now a small Florida-based publishing company called BlueToad has admitted to NBC News on Monday that the stolen data had been obtained from its own servers. BlueToad technicians downloaded the data released by Anonymous and found a 98% correlation rate between the leaked information and its own data.  More →

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Anonymous targets Ukrainian government over Demonoid shut down [video]

By on August 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM.

Anonymous targets Ukrainian government over Demonoid shut down [video]

Demonoid Shut Down Anonymous

Following reports that claimed the popular torrent website Demonoid was taken down by the Ukrainian government as a gift to the United States, notorious hacking group Anonymous announced plans for retaliation. On Tuesday, the group took down websites belonging to the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights, and the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association, ZDNet reported. “We can no longer sit around and watch this censorship happen right in front of us,” the group said in a video announcement. “Ukrainian Government, you have committed a crime against Humanity & Freedom. We will not tolerate this. We will take direct actions against you and your criminal friends until you realize the crimes you’ve committed and restore our beloved Demonoid.” It has also been reported that Demonoid’s operators are under investigation for copyright infringement in Mexico, and it is unclear if the site will ever return to the Web. Anonymous’s announcement follows below. More →

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Anonymous shows its softer side, goes to bat for children’s charity

By on August 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM.

Anonymous shows its softer side, goes to bat for children’s charity

Anonymous Hackers Children's Charity

Anonymous isn’t all about Guy Fawkes masks and news casts with creepy automated voices; sometimes it’s about helping others. As Network World’s Paul McNamara reports, some Anonymous hackers have gone to bat for the Red Sky Film & Television charity that’s aimed at eradicating hunger among New Zealand’s children. Apparently, a lone wolf hacker who was trying to impress Anonymous hacked into the Red Sky site and severely vandalized it, thus sparking a campaign on Facebook to find the perpetrator.  More →

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‘Anonymous’ hackers realize intellectual property rules may have value after all [video]

By on August 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM.

‘Anonymous’ hackers realize intellectual property rules may have value after all [video]

Anonymous Logo Trademark Dispute

Memo to foolhardy companies: Anonymous does not like having its Intellectual Property rights violated. The Register reports that the famed hacker collective is in a state of outrage because a French company called E-Flicker has filed a copyright application for Anonymous’s official headless-man logo and slogan. More →

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‘Anonymous’ hacker group declares war on pedophiles [video]

By on July 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

‘Anonymous’ hacker group declares war on pedophiles [video]

Anonymous Operation Pedochat

The U.S. Government and various global authorities label “Anonymous” as cyberterrorist and criminals, but others refer to the group as freedom fighters and protectors of free speech. The notorious hackers’ most recent operation, however, may change some people’s opinions of them. Anonymous has declared war on the deepest and most twisted parts of the Internet — chat sites used by paedophiles to trade images. More →

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‘Anonymous’ hackers target Exxon, Shell and others for melting polar ice caps

By on July 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

‘Anonymous’ hackers target Exxon, Shell and others for melting polar ice caps

Anonymous Hack Exxon Shell

Anonymous hackers have released more than 1,000 email credentials from five multinational oil companies that the group accuses of being responsible for the melting polar ice caps. The companies targeted include Shell, Exxon, BP, and Russian firms Gazprom and Rosneft, TheNextWeb reported. While most of the information is encrypted, the hackers have posted it online with the hope that like-minded individuals will help crack the security and obtain the passwords for the corresponding email addresses. The information was reportedly obtained through shell domains and other sub-domains, and was made available due to poor website management. More →

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Anonymous urges public to protest the European Union and INDECT [video]

By on June 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

Anonymous urges public to protest the European Union and INDECT [video]

Anonymous Hackers Protest European Union

Notorious hacker-activist group Anonymous is back with another operation that aims to strike fear into the hearts of lawmakers in the European Union. While the operation does not involve any cyberattacks, Anonymous is attempting to rally supporters for a massive protest on July 28th. The group is protesting the EU-backed research project INDECT, which looks to develop technology that can automatically detect criminal threats by analyzing conspicuous behavior online and in real life through various surveillance measures. Opponents of the project contend that it is an invasion of privacy that collects data illegally. “We have been accepting the claims of disclosure of our private data for too long in order to prevent acts of terrorism,” Anonymous said in a video posted on YouTube. “People started to accept being treated as potential terrorists or criminals, being more and more deprived of their basic rights, and allowing the surveillance society to gain increased control over them.” Anonymous’s video follows below. More →

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Dark side of ‘Anonymous’ comes out in new interview

By on June 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Dark side of ‘Anonymous’ comes out in new interview

Anonymous Hackers Interview

It’s no mystery that the hackers behind notorious “hacktivist” groups Anonymous and LulzSec cause a tremendous amount of trouble for the companies and agencies they target, but thousands of young web users cheer them on with the belief that these groups are fighting for Internet freedom around the world. According to a recent profile, however, this isn’t always the case. In a rare in-depth interview with Anonymous members, The Daily Beast’s Parmy Olson uncovers the dark side of Anonymous, likening the divide between the group’s activist members and its pranksters to Batman and the Joker. While some Anonymous members indeed look to topple oppressors, others simply “try to cause chaos, lulz, whatever to have fun.” And while many hacker activists continue to fight the good fight, as they view it, the more playful Anonymous hackers are skeptical that they will ever really make a difference. “I don’t think [Anonymous] can change much in the world,” one group member told The Daily Beast. Parmy’s full interview is linked below. More →

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'Anonymous' hackers release 1.7GB of stolen DOJ data

By on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM.

'Anonymous' hackers release 1.7GB of stolen DOJ data

Anonymous DOJ Hack

Hackers associated with well known hacker-activist group “Anonymous Operations” have released a massive cache of data they say was obtained when they hacked a website belonging to the United States Department of Justice. “Today we are releasing 1.7GB of data that used to belong to the United States Bureau of Justice, until now,” Anonymous wrote in a statement on its website. The hackers claim the file contains emails as well as “the entire database dump” from the DOJ website. More →

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'Anonymous' hackers plan to stop CISPA with Operation Defense: Phase 2 [video]

By on May 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

'Anonymous' hackers plan to stop CISPA with Operation Defense: Phase 2 [video]

Anonymous hackers look to stop CISPA

The United States House of Representatives recently voted to pass the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill looks to give businesses and the federal government legal protection to share cyber threats with one another in an effort to prevent online attacks. Internet privacy, neutrality advocates and even the Obama Administration feel as if the bill does not contain enough limits on how and when the government may monitor private information. Online petitions opposing the bill and its supporters have collectively garnered more than one million signatures, although such protests have seemingly had little to no effect thus far. The hacktivist group “Anonymous” is looking to change that, however, with the announcement of Operation Defense: Phase 2. More →

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‘Anonymous’ hackers to create a new social music platform [video]

By on April 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

‘Anonymous’ hackers to create a new social music platform [video]

A small group of coders claiming to be part of the hacker group “Anonymous” are creating a new social music platform, WIRED reported on Thursday. The goal of the project is to create a service that seamlessly pulls together songs that are streamed across the Internet. The project, called Anontune, will be able to aggregate songs from third-party sources such as YouTube and SoundCloud, and it will allow users to arrange them into playlists and share with others — anonymously. The Anontune system relies on executing a Java applet, and running code that was written by members of Anonymous carries obvious risks. The service is only 20% complete according to the report, however the creators hope the final version will improve the way people engage with music. A video announcement from Anonymous follows below. More →

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TIME accused of hacking Anonymous hackers’ position on TIME 100 list

By on April 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

TIME accused of hacking Anonymous hackers’ position on TIME 100 list

“Anonymous Operations,” a global band of hacker-activists whose targets over the past year include the CIA and other government bodies, has been ranked No. 36 on TIME’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” According to a report from The Huffington Post, however, Anonymous was actually ranked No. 1 with 395,793 votes as of 5:00 p.m. on April 6th. Even at No. 36, Anonymous was still ranked ahead of investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett, Apple CEO Tim Cook and United States President Barack Obama, who was ranked No. 61. New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin took the No. 1 spot on TIME’s list, though the poll had him ranked at No. 9 according to The Huffington Post. Other people included among the top-10 on TIME’s list of the most influential people in the world were New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, comedian Louis CK and pop singer Rhianna. More →

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‘Anonymous’ plans bigger and more serious attacks on Chinese government

By on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM.

‘Anonymous’ plans bigger and more serious attacks on Chinese government

The hacker group “Anonymous operations” plans to launch further attacks on Chinese government-run websites to protest what it believes to be strict and unfair laws. The loosely knit group launched various cyberattacks on China’s goverment last week and warned that further attacks were on the horizon. “First we want to alert the Chinese government that we aren’t afraid, and we are going to show the truth and fight for justice,” Anonymous hacker “f0ws3r” said to Reuters, adding that more serious attacks are coming against Chinese websites. “Yes, we are planning more attacks, a few at a time,” the hacker said. The group is looking to “take down the Great Firewall of China,” which blocks access to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other websites. The Anonymous China team consist of 10 to 12 hackers, most of whom are not based in China, and has “hundreds” of translators who have helped the group hack various Chinese websites, f0ws3r said. The hacker declined to give further details on the next round of attacks, although he did say the group may hit bigger targets this time around. More →

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