A group of hackers who collectively call themselves as Anonymous has been involved in a string of security attacks on US Government Agencies.
Recent victim of these attacks is the Federal Reserve website. From one of its internal website, personal Information of 4,000 US bank officials were reportedly stolen from its server.
The hackers’ publication has revealed information such as names, email addresses, contact numbers and even login credentials. The Federal Reserve has toned down the impact of the leak since the said list was a contact list of the banks to be used during emergencies such as natural disasters.
The issue was resolved immediately and there was no serious impact on the operations of the said US agency. Anonymous took advantage of the website vendor product’s vulnerability in order to get hold of the information illegally. Federal Reserve did not divulge which particular internal website was affected.
However, this recent attack was their first time to actually break into the system and collect information illegitimately.
Anonymous has already attempted to breach the Federal Reserve’s system previously. However, this recent attack was their first time to actually break into the system and collect information illegitimately.
Anonymous was also responsible for the attack on the Department of Energy and U.S. Sentencing Commission. The hackers’ activities have heightened as a result of the sudden death of Aaron Swartz. Swartz who is a known for his advocacy for freedom to information committed suicide after being charged with theft related crimes.
Many security experts have expressed their concern about these attacks on US Government agencies. Definitely, there are no indications that the momentum of these attacks from Anonymous will be slowing down. It is about time to reassess their security measures to protect their systems in the future. It would be prudent to test their system for vulnerabilities to be able to find effective solutions.