The rogue movement Anonymous claims to have successfully hacked servers operated by the Department of Justice and the subsequent release of 1.7GB of pilfered data in a torrent file.
The group characterized the release as being the entire database contents related to a DoJ website, which they assert the agency promptly took off line. The compromised data is said to include internal agency communications.
A DoJ official told ZDNet that "the department is looking into the unauthorized access of a website server operated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that contained data from their public website."
The agency also maintains that the website was not taken offline in response to the attack, stating that "the Bureau of Justice Statistics website has remained operational throughout this time. The department’s main website, justice.gov, was not affected."
Members of the Anonymous faction release the following video regarding the attack, along with a brief statement, neither of which detail the motivation for this latest attack on the DoJ or the contents of the data the attack exposed.
The statement from the group is as follows:
Greetings world, We are Anonymous.
Today we are releaseing 1.7GB of data that used to belong to the United States Bureau of Justice, until now.
Within the booty you may find lots of shiny things such as internal emails, and the entire database dump.
We Lulzed as they took the website down after being owned, clearly showing they were scared of what inevitably happened.
We do not stand for any government or parties, we stand for freedom of people, freedom of speech and freedom of information. We are releasing data to spread information, to allow the people to be heard and to know the corruption in their government.
We are releasing it to end the corruption that exists, and truly make those who are being oppressed free.
The price we pay very often is our own freedom. The price governments pay is the exposure of their corruption and the truth being revealed, for the truth will set us free in the end.
So once more we call on you. Hackers, activists, and freedom fighters; join us in our struggle against these corporate hypocrites.
In January, Anonymous members launched a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against numerous government and entertainment industry websites, including the websites of the DoJ and the FBI.
In March, the FBI announced multiple arrests of Anonymous members said to be central to the movement's activities, and the arrests were facilitated by the LulzSec faction leader known as "Sabu" or Hector Xavier Monsegur, a resident of New York who was apparently arrested and indicted back in August of 2011 and had been working with law enforcement to undermine the Anonymous movement.