Well-known hacker group Anonymous has released a huge amount of data taken from the Italian cybercrimes agency, possibly in retaliation for the recent arrest of Anonymous members.

The announcement was made via a post on the text storage site Pastebin ealier today entitled "Legion of Anonymous Doom+ Release Zero1".

"Today we reveal a whole Load of stuff (estimated leak would be over 8Gb) from such owned institutions," read the announcement, "just to make it clear all of this stuff was stored on CNAIPIC evidence servers for years while people are doing time in jail waiting for the trial while CNAIPIC used the evidence in the global spy game galore."

Some of the "owned institutions" named included several government agencies, embassies, consulates, ministries, etc. from Egypt, Russia, the Ukraine, Nepal, Belarus, Gibraltar, Cyprus, the Cayman Islands, Vietnam. From the US, the Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture, and Exxon Mobil received specific mention, and also "hundreds of attorneys".

The pictures released so far have graphed CNAIPIC's organization, along with a list of individual documents with titles (and even miniature photos of relevant staff).

The CNAIPIC (Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche, translated as National Computer Crime Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection) is a four-year-old division of the Italian Postal and Communications Police which focuses upon national cyber security issues.

Not long ago, the CNAIPIC was directly involved in rounding up several suspected members of Anonymous in Italy and Switzerland. While nothing has been said to directly infer that this release of information was a reprisal, revenge may be reasonably assumed to be a motivation in this instance.

While the announcement clearly states that the information came from CNAIPIC servers, this ids one of a small minority of Anonymous-related releases that are not the result of a direct breach or other active operation carried out by the group. Instead, this data is said to have come from a "source" which may originate outside of the group.

 

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