Bank executives have a lot to worry about as far as data security is concerned. Transaction records and customer contact information need to be protected above all else, but the threat of being hacked is now greater than ever. ZDNet reported that, following attacks in late January on U.S. government websites, Anonymous had a new strike very quickly after. Violet Blue of the Zero Day blog wrote that this seems to be another installment of Operation Last Resort and this time Anonymous published public and private login information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives with an attached demand for computer crime law reform.
“A spreadsheet has been published on a .gov website allegedly containing login information and credentials, IP addresses, and contact information of American bank executives,” Blue wrote on the website. “If true, it could be that Anonymous has released bank records that could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, including contact information and cell phone numbers for U.S. bank presidents, vice presidents, COO’s, branch managers, VP’s and more.”
According to the hacktivist group’s social media spokesmen, the spreadsheet was posted during the Super Bowl on the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center with a page extension titled “oops-we-did-it-again.” There are usernames, passwords, titles and names of individuals at banks across the United States. Blue wrote on ZDNet that follow-up visits to the sites confirmed the accuracy and currency of the information, and Anonymous previously stated that it had made its way into multiple federal websites over a period of time and made it clear that they still had access to many of these pages.
Although this release came during the Super Bowl, many are guessing that it also may be aimed at forcing Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions that a House of Representatives panel posed to him last week in regard to the prosecution of digital rights activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide after being charged with stealing documents from scientific journals.
“Many questions have been raised about the appropriate level of punishment sought by prosecutors for Mr. Swartz’s alleged offenses, and how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, cited in 11 of 13 counts against Mr. Swartz, should apply under similar circumstances,” Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah Cummings say in the letter, which requests answers from Holder no later than February 4, the day of the leak, according to a post on CNET.
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