US State Department hacked in the name of Aaron Swartz

u-s-department-of-state This week anonymous hackers have announced an attacked on the united states governments state departments  (www.state.gov) website. The attack was announced in normal fashion on twitter and has been posted to the pastebin hosted by par-anoia.net and comes with 1 clear message that it has been done in the name of Aaron Swaztz. "Aaron Swartz this is for you, this is for Operation Last Resort."

Our reasons for this attack are very simple. You've imprisoned or either censored our people. We will not tolerate things as such. You don't see us going around censoring everything that is inappropriate or we do not like. Basically, you tried to put an end to us and you got owned, there's nothing more you can say or do. You took away Topiary, Avunit, Neuron, Pwnsauce, lolspoon, Aaron Swartz shall we go on? Heck you think this makes us weak? We are only growing stronger because of the fact that you are forcing us to revolt. When the lions roar you will hear them. And when it's feeding time you'll be our dinner. Aaron Swartz this is for you, this is for Operation Last Resort. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us. #OpLastResort

Further down the leak file contains a list of account and login credentials from various tables that have been said to be viewable via terminal with a few simple commands.

F.Y.I all of this data is viewable using a few terminal commands, it's just sad that ANY part of the database basically can be publicly viewed by anyone. Information is free, as we always say.

The leaked data contains personal credentials such as names, contacts, login details such as usernames, passwords and other related information with all account passwords appearing to be encrypted. Scoop.co.nz claims that after a bit of digging around the data matches that of some of the details on the state departments website.

Lee Johnstone

Lee Johnstone

Information Security Data Analyst, Investigative Journalist, Technology Lover, Mechanic.

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