As part of its ongoing campaign following the suicide of RSS inventor and activist Aaron Swartz, Anonymous has published the names and login details of what it says are 4,000 US banking executives.
The information was first posted on a site under the Alabama .gov domain (the Alabama Criminal Justice Center), with a mirror posted to a Chinese domain (a choice bound to stoke paranoia among the infosec community). Operation Last Resort has, via Twitter, claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least some of the names checked by The Register correspond to the individuals’ affiliations given in the Anonymous spreadsheet (we have not, of course, attempted to test login information). While e-mails for the individuals aren’t secret (they were revealed by Google as soon as El Reg conducted its name searches), the login information will be sensitive at least until all the compromised accounts are reset.
The group had already attacked the United States Sentencing Commission website (susbstituting its home page with a game of Asteroids). On the Operation Last Resort Twitter account, the attackers claimed that the information was obtained from Federal Reserve machines.
Another message on the same account associated the timing of the information release with the February 4 deadline for Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to House Oversight Committee questions about the handling of Aaron Swartz’s prosecution.
Swartz had opened a hole in MIT’s JSTOR system, allowing free access to academic papers, and the Justice Department was pursuing him for computer crimes with as much as a half-century of jail time on offer. ®
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