Hackers claiming to be affiliated with the Anonymous group compromised a Web server and swiped 1.7GB of data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Department of Justice said it is looking into the matter.
Hacktivists associated with the Anonymous
movement leaked 1.7GB of data belonging to the United States Bureau of Justice
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects and publishes data on crime in the
United States, including data on cyber-crimes. In a statement on The Pirate Bay
accompanying a torrent
file for downloading the data, the hacktivists wrote that the data included
internal emails and an "entire database dump."
The release was part of an operation dubbed "Monday Mail Mayhem."
"We do not stand for any government or parties, we stand for freedom of
people, freedom of speech and freedom of information," the statement from
the hacktivists read. "We are releasing data to spread information, to
allow the people to be heard and to know the corruption in their
In response to the attack, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice
said it is investigating the matter and will turn any information it finds over
to law enforcement.
"The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a Website
server operated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that contained data from
their public Website," the spokesperson said. "The Bureau of Justice
Statistics Website has remained operational throughout this time. The
departments main Website, justice.gov
"The department is continuing protection and defensive measures to
safeguard information and will refer any activity that is determined to be
criminal in nature to law enforcement for investigation," the spokesperson
Hacktivist attacks were blamed for a majority of the breaches investigated by
Verizon last year and detailed in the company's latest data breach report. On May
20, Anonymous-affiliate group AntiS3curityOPs launched a distributed
denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against Chicago's Website prior to the start of
protests surrounding the NATO summit in the city.
a post on Twitter, AntiS3curityOPS said that though it was not behind the justice.gov
DB attack, the group did help attack the site.
Organizations need to take appropriate measures to protect their servers and
sites against data breaches and denial-of-service attacks, said Neil Roiter,
director of research at Corero Network Security.
Government agencies and high-profile commercial enterprises are and will
continue to be targets of politically and ideologically motivated
hacktivists," he said. "As we see again in the case of the Bureau of
Justice Statistics breach, these groups often are indiscriminate about what
they take and what they make public, simply grabbing what they can and posting