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Anonymous-affiliated hackers dropped a 1.7GB torrent of data onto file-sharing networks on Monday after hacking into the US Bureau of Justice Statistics. The leaked files purportedly include "internal emails" as as well as other files supposedly culled from other compromised databases at the BJS, the US government agency that …

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  1. Antony Riley
    FAIL

    Worrying...

    ... that they seem to be more concerned about having their website defaced than private data stolen from it.

    1. Steve Knox
      WTF?

      Re: Worrying...

      Since the compromised server was used primarily for the storage and dissemination of public data, I'd hope that they'd be most concerned with verifying that the data was not altered, rather than that it was taken.

      I'd also expect the DoJ not to release specific details about what they're actually doing for damage control, and they haven't.

      So I'm not sure exactly what you're actually worried about.

    2. MeRp

      Re: Worrying...

      It is quite possible that any/all of the data "leaked" was either already publicly available, or, worst case, easily obtainable with a FOIA request. If either or both of those is the case, then why worry about the data stolen?

      1. mike cupcake

        Re: Worrying...

        Could make the difference between an unworkable amount of FOIA requests + data collation and having it all ready for analysis in the time of a torrent download, I guess?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    An End to Corruption

    Are Anonymous really in any position to accuse anyone of corruption? I mean they basically use their influence to disrupt the systems of people and agencies with whom they have personal grievances regardless of how poor the justification may be and will happily attack weaker, collateral targets to make a point when they're powerless against the real cause of their chagrin (the DDoS against Virgin Media for following a court order being a fine example).

    Remember how they used to campaign against Scientology's "Fair Game" policy? How is their own behaviour any different now?

    1. DrXym Silver badge

      Re: An End to Corruption

      Anonymous is just engaging in some post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning. They found some weak site, hacked it and after the fact came up with some pathetic excuse for justifying doing it. They'll engage in more faulty reasoning to justify whatever their next target happens to be.

      1. Steve Knox
        Coat

        Re: An End to Corruption

        Anonymous is just engaging in some post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning.

        Post hack ergo propter hack?

    2. jbuk1
      FAIL

      Re: An End to Corruption

      How can an organization with no structure be corrupt?

  3. c-hri-s

    The bloke on the video is Adam Kokesh, hardly someone who is trying to keep their identity secret.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: c-hri-s

      ".....Adam Kokesh...." So the Anons are a Ron Paul front? I wonder how many of the LOIC sheep were told that before they signed up!

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  5. malwareprober
    Devil

    Anonymous really?

    How anonymous is it when the person is on the video without the mask ?

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  6. Matt Bryant Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Soft target again.

    Once again, the Anonyputzs are patting themselves on the back and tell each other what 1337 hax0rs they are! What have they done to be so proud of? Have they hacked the CIA, FBI or NSA? No. Some top-secret military computer network? No. Even a mildly secret, minor government department? Er, no. They've "hacked" the public side of a webserver that collates public data.... big whoopee! It's hardly like the foundations of Capitol Hill have been even mildly shaken, unless it's by mirth.

    Face it, if the Anons could hack anything tougher they would have.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Soft target again.

      Realistically anything of a Top Secret nature in the CIA, FBI or NSA is on, one would hope a non internet facing network (and if it is internet facing, I call "honey pot").

      So unless the Anon's start getting all James Bond, Jason Bourne to get physical assess to such sites; I very much doubt they will ever hack anything of worth from government agencies that specialists in global espionage and the like.

      1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
        Pirate

        Re: Re: Soft target again.

        ".....I very much doubt they will ever hack anything of worth from government agencies that specialists in global espionage and the like." The real reason is because those type of systems will be properly hardened, and not vulnerable to the type of SQL injection scripts and other downloadables that seem to be the very hard limit of the Anonyputzs' skillz. And I find it very unlikely that a real hat with an ounce of self-preservation is going to want to be swapping secrets with a self-publicising wannabe like Kokesh. Skiddies ahoy!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fun while it lasted

    Now it's accountability time for the hackers.

  8. Graham Cluley

    Guy not wearing the mask

    He's the host of one of the shows on the TV channel RT (Russia Today).

    I don't think we should assume he's in any way connected with the rest of the vid.

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