Last week, Anonymous began #OpLastResort in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz. The hacktivist collective demanded cyber crime reform and threatened to unlock an encrypted file that may contain potentially classified information if their demands were not met. Long story short, their demands were not met, so Anonymous has kicked it up a notch.
Last night during the Super Bowl, Anonymous hacked the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center’s Web site. There was no defacement this time around, but the group did use the Web site to upload a document containing the credentials of over 4,000 bank executives. The document contained login information, IP addresses, physical addresses and contact information.
Of course, Anonymous could have just posted some random numbers to scare people, right? ZDNet points to a Reddit thread where some members called the leaked numbers and confirmed that they are in fact the real deal. The thread also confirms that the document was up for at least eight hours, if not longer, before it was taken down.
According to the #OpLastResort Twitter feed, this latest info drop was made in anticipation of the February 4 deadline set by the House in its investigation into the DoJ’s handling of the Aaron Swartz case. A letter penned by Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings demands the Justice Department set up a hearing appointment by today.
So, what’s Anonymous up to now? Those involved in #OpLastResort are now waiting on a response from the Justice Department. It’s hard to imagine that the DoJ would set up a hearing with the House in regards to the Aaron Swartz case, but I would assume that the department will be issuing a statement today in regards to the posting of personal information stolen from Federal Reserve.
We’ll continue to follow this story as Anonymous still holds its threat of unlocking that encrypted file over everybody’s heads. The #OpLastResort movement also seems to have something planned for February 6 – the day of the NDAA lawsuit hearing. We’ll keep an eye out for any further activity.