Overnight Cybersecurity: Teen dumps apparent hack of government data

The teenaged hackers alleged to be behind the breach of CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account on Thursday released what appeared to be thousands of law enforcement and military personnel’s personal information. The duo, which goes by the name Crackas With Attitude, claimed to have leaked the data in support of Palestine, headlining the file with the hashtag #FreePalestine. In a series of tweets Thursday afternoon, a member who goes by the name Cracka posted graphic images of violence apparently taken in Israel. “do you understand what i was fighting for now?” he tweeted. “for other countries, you all knew i risked my life for palestine, for freedom for others, for rights for other people.” The young hacker had already made headlines earlier in the day for announcing that the pair had hacked into FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano’s personal account in retaliation for the FBI investigation into their actions. “We didn’t target him for anything interesting, we targeted him because FBI are [sic] investigating us,” he said.

The hacker group Anonymous on Thursday released its much anticipated trove of purported information about the Ku Klux Klan’s membership. The large data dump includes nearly two-dozen social media pages allegedly affiliated with the KKK and information on nearly 400 people, including names, email addresses, Facebook pages and known aliases. “We consider this data dump as a form of resistance against the violence and intimidation tactics leveraged against the public by various members of Ku Klux Klan groups throughout history,” said Operation KKK, the team that has been leading Anonymous’s online onslaught against the Klan, in the preamble to the release. No high-level politicians or government officials were apparent in an initial review of the data, although several of the names were identified as retired law enforcement officers. Some of the names on the list have already been identified through previously published reports. The information on the list has not been verified by the KKK or any other independent authority.

Source: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/overnights/259347-overnight-cybersecurity-teen-dumps-apparent-hack-of-government-data

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