Anonymous Shifts Attention to Big Oil, Monsanto

2011-07-14T15:40:39
ID THREATPOST:3A5A7684FE844B301CF2FA5A182E266B
Type threatpost
Reporter Chris Brook
Modified 2013-04-17T16:34:11

Description

Big oilJust days after infiltrating military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, hacktivist group Anonymous has confirmed they’ve set their next target: Big oil.

In a post on the AnonNews website, the group has announced their intent to shift their ongoing Operation Green Rights initiative to “protest corporate abuse” and rally against mining in Alberta, Canada’s Athabasca Tar Sands.

“Anonymous will not stand by idly and let these environmental atrocities continue. This is not the clean energy of the future that we are being promised,” the statement reads.

Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil are just several of the oil companies mentioned by name in the campaign which has been deemed “Operation Tarmeggedon” by the group. The press release goes on to assert the group will “seek leaks” to expose corruption around those involved in the situation.

The group is taking particular umbrage to the creation of an industrial shipping route that would bring “megaloads” of refinery equipment along Montana’s U.S. Highway 12 to Alberta.

Anonymous this week also took aim at agricultural biotech giant Monsanto – a longtime target for its links to genetically modified food. In a post on Pastebin, the group claims to have raided the company’s site and leaked contact information for 2,500+ employees, including the names, addresses, phone numbers and their titles at Monsanto.

It was just Monday that Anonymous announced it had hacked government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, releasing the e-mails and passwords of a projected 90,000 members of the U.S. military.

Anonymous and parent hacking campaign AntiSec have seemingly ramped up their profile even more in the wake of the recently disbanded Lulzsec, leading attacks against IRC Federal last week in addition to Booz Allen Hamilton this week.