The hackers behind the year-end attack on the security consulting firm Stratfor have struck again, although this time it appears they are just out for a few laughs.
The Anonymous hacktivist collective dropped its Operation Hiroshima bomb on New Year's Day, and despite its success in pulling off a large-scale, wide-reaching document dump, the event has received very little coverage by the mainstream media.
Known best by its Twitter hashtag #OpHiroshima, the dump was an organized attempt to "dox," or release as much incriminating and integral information as possible on one day about institutions, officials, corporations and other entities with which various sectors of the diverse Anon collective have grievances.
A German subset of the hacker collective Anonymous is taking aim at neo-Nazi websites.
In an effort dubbed "Operation Blitzkrieg," Anonymous is trying to bring down neo-Nazi-affiliated websites and publish private data from the people who patronize them.
Stratfor, a global intelligence firm based in Austin, Texas recently became the latest victim of the online hacker collective Anonymous after their servers were breached over the Christmas weekend and information was stolen. Up until now the website of the security think tank remains offline, with the AntiSec arm of Anonymous claiming full responsibility.
Hackers operating under the name Anonymous launched massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against major Egyptian government websites, including the ones of the president, Egyptian state media, the military site Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and a site that promotes tourism.
After the operation went down, one of the hackers involved contacted me on an IRC channel and provided me with some interesting details, but also with the reasons why the attack was launched.