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Oops We Did It Again: Anonymous Hacks the Federal Reserve

by Abby Zimet

Proclaiming, "Now we have your attention America," Anonymous on Monday breached the Federal Reserve's Emergency Communications System, used to communicate with bankers during natural disasters or other emergencies, and posted a trove of data that included 4,600 banking executives' credentials - a dump one admirer called "a spearphishing bonanza." A Federal Reserve spokesman confirmed "information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product.” The action was viewed as part of Anonymous' Operation Last Resort, aimed at pressuring federal officials to reform cyber laws in the wake of the prosecution and suicide of Aaron Swartz. No word yet on reforms widely viewed as overdue.

Update: The Bush family was also hacked by an evidently longtime, as-yet-unknown hacker who called the action "just another chapter in the game."


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