Anonymous hacktivists launched a campaign against the New Zealand government after the world learned that police and spy agencies had been monitoring communications.
Last week, Anonymous issued a video statement threatening the government.
Anonymous breached FEMA servers and pulled information on hundreds of agency contacts worldwide. According to the hacker collective, it was in response to Homeland Security training exercises that centered on a fictional version of the hacker collective. In a document containing non-sensitive data pulled from FEMA's system, Anonymous wrote that the attack was designed as a reminder that it would continue to fight against government efforts to police the internet.
Supporters of Anonymous hacker and self-styled online anarchist, Jeremy Hammond, are circulating this online petition aimed at cajoling authorities into granting the 28-year-old leniency. Hammond pled guilty this morning to participating in the December 2011 hacking of online publication Stratfor.
Four individuals accused of being members of Anonymous and participating in “Operation Tango Down” have been arrested in Italy.
According to AFP, the four are being accused of various attacks in Italy, including a DDoS against the Vatican and the parliamentary Website.
The Postal Police – responsible for enforcement of communications law – carried out 12 raids across Italy, according to this report in Gazetta del Sud.
Several hacktivist groups are planning to launch attacks against the government agencies and other organizations from the US. The campaign has been dubbed “OpUSA” and it is scheduled to take place on May 7.
Several websites have already been breached, and some of the participating collectives have released threatening statements.
While the hackers prepare for the operation, the United States’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a confidential note to help the agency’s partners in taking measures against the attacks.