Hackers Hit Alabama, Mexican Government Websites

2012-02-11T19:48:46
ID THREATPOST:5B7D7EB9DEF745F5FA704B22C0B55E19
Type threatpost
Reporter Brian Prince
Modified 2013-04-17T16:32:49

Description

Hackers with Anonymous have taken credit for targeting government websites for Alabama and Mexico.

The group claimed Friday to have hacked several Alabama police and government servers and stolen personal information on more than 46,000 people, including social security numbers, license plate information, phone numbers and other data.

In a post on Pastebay, the group claimed the attack was a response to immigration legislation, and is meant to show the state has “zero regard” for immigrants as well as protecting the data of citizens.

“We have taken the time to redact [the stolen data] to an extent so that it will do no harm to any innocent parties,” according to the post. “This release is only meant to show the Citizens of the state of Alabama the amount of incompetence that is taking place within the state government in Alabama…This data was not securely segregated from the Internet, nor was it properly encrypted. This is what happens when not enough resources are spent on proper design and the training that comes with it.”

Meanwhile, Anonymous targeted government websites in Mexico in response to proposed anti-piracy legislation and knocked the country’s Senate and Interior Ministry websites offline. In addition, hackers associated with the group took credit for releasing 730MB of email reputed to be from the Mexican National Chamber of Mines. In a note posted to Pastebin, the hackers said the move was in retaliation to poor working conditions in the mining industry.

Friday, reports surfaced that the CIA website had been knocked offline. @YourAnonNews tweeted that just because the group reports a successful hack or denial-of-service attack “it doesn’t necessarily mean we did it,” though the group did not deny involvement and has posted links to news articles attributing the act to Anonymous.