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Hacktivists have posted "secret documents" stolen from an Italian cybercrime unit. The documents – 8GB of files – were extracted from a system maintained by the Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche (CNAIPIC), the organisation charged with guarding the country's critical IT …

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  1. h4rm0ny

    Is this actually hacking, or is this a leak?

    The headline says "hack" but the article says they were sent documents...

    1. Scorchio!!

      Re: Is this actually hacking, or is this a leak?

      Sent in by a hack journo, formerly working for the NoTW.

  2. BillG
    Mushroom

    Dumb Dumber Dumbest

    This was a dumb thing for Anonymous to do. I've worked in Italy. Historically, their government is known for "broadly" interpreting the law in their favor, including search warrants.

    Expect Italy to passionately step up their search for Anonymous members. Expect the people at CNAIPIC to make Anonymous their top priority.

    1. h4rm0ny

      It's Anonymous

      It might have been a dumb thing for *someone* to do, but it only takes one person to do it and say "Anonymous" - who knows? That said, *if* the disclosed information is in the public interest, then maybe it's a brave thing to do, rather than dumb.

    2. Richard Boyce

      Re: Dumb Dumber Dumbest

      They've got to find the leak first. It sounds like Anonymous were simply used. There could be false or misleading info mixed in with real data too.

  3. Craig 12

    Fight Club

    Can't these guys hack Visa and Amex? No need to steal the info, just delete it plskthx

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Trollface

      NT kernel code

      Add NT kernel code. "And nothing of value was lost"

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lulz?

    I smell the party van on its way quite soon

  5. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

    Errm, but ..

    .. am I the only one to question why this data was placed on publicly accessible servers? Or are they really so capable that they can hit a DMZ with cert protected VPNs?

    Weird.

  6. DavCrav Silver badge

    Walled garden Internet one step closer

    Every hack against national governments' infrastructure, we take another step towards a fully locked-down Internet.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      qwerty

      If the governments to that it would just be further evidence that they don't really have the peoples' interests in mind. No one wants the government to regulate the internet, so if they truly represent the people, they won't.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe Anonymous is looking for...

    ...a Sicilian "necktie" ?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche

    Wow, what a title.

    Perhaps that is also their ecryption key?

    CentroNazionaleAnticrimineInformaticoperlaProtezionedelleInfrastruttureCritiche

    1. Sean Baggaley 1

      You know how US institutions love abbreviations...

      ... like "CapCom", "PATRIOT Act" and so on? The Italians were doing it first.

      The Italians make abbreviations and acronyms out of *everything*. Nobody uses the full name; in some cases, many don't even realise a name *is* an acronym or abbreviation. ("Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino", anyone?)

      Government and other institutions often take a similar approach, so an ex-pat moving to Italy has to navigate and decipher an alphabet soup of initialisms, acronyms and the like, just to get by.

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