'Hacktivist' group Anonymous continued their weekly cyber-assault on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, nicknamed #F--KFBIFRIDAY, on Feb. 24, temporarily hacking the homepage of the Dayton, Ohio chapter of private FBI partner InfraGard . Anonymous members replaced the regular homepage, which requires a login and password to enter, with the music video for Coolio's classic 1995 Hip Hop track Gangsta's Paradise, and a sinister message directed at the non-profit online information gathering organization which is directly partnered with FBI field offices across the country.
The message can be viewed here and reads:
Greetings Pirates! Another #FuckFBIFriday is here and once again we emerge from the hacker underground to wreak havoc upon the 1%'s institutions of repression.
Today we targeted the Dayton Ohio chapter of InfraGard, the sinister alliancebetween law enforcement, corporations, and white hat wannabees. We broke into their webserver, perused their assorted presentation materials, and finally deleted everything and vandalized their website so we can boost our zone-h rankings. You think your 'advanced commercial malware' research and your 'digital forensics first response' powerpoints can really withstand the hurricane of hellfire and 0days we got planned for yall?! ACTA? Cyber Security Act of 2012? Do u really want 2 fuq with us?!?!? Follow @AnoynmousIRC, haters.
Fellow hackers, crackers, anarchists and pirates, now is the hour to rise up and make war upon all corporate and government systems, driving them off our internet.
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Anonymous announced the successful hack on Twitter, posting #FFF [LAST HACK] FBI-INFRAGARD ROOTED AGAIN. ONE MORE TIME. FOR THE LULZ. infragard.dayton.oh.us #Anonymous #AntiSec #LulzSec #OWS, with the @AnonymousIRC Twitter account, which has over 200,000 followers.
The FBI has declined to comment on the cyber-attack according to the Associated Press.
What is InfraGard?
InfaGard was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996 in an effort to provide support for the FBI's then fledgling efforts at gathering information online. The program quickly expanded to other FBI field offices and in 1998 the FBI assigned national program responsibility for InfraGard to the National Infrastructure Protection Center before shifting oversight to the Cyber Division in 2003. InfraGard works with the FBI, sharing information regarding terrorism and other security matters. In 2010 the organization reported over 40,000 members nationwide.
According to their website InfraGard members gain access to information that enables them to protect their assets and in turn give information to government that facilitates its responsibilities to prevent and address terrorism and other crimes.
The company also claims that they have a secure website which provides members with information about recent intrusions, research related to critical infrastructure protection and the capability to communicate securely with other members.
Feb. 24 2012 was not the first time that Anonymous hacked Infragard. In 2011 the Anonymous affiliate 'hacktivist' group LulzSec attacked chapter websites based in Connecticut and Atlanta.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has warned that there is evidence that InfraGard may be closer to a corporate TIPS program, turning private-sector corporations - some of which may be in a position to observe the activities of millions of individual customers - into surrogate eyes and ears for the FBI
TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) was a domestic intelligence-gathering program put in place by President George W. Bush to allow U.S. citizens to report suspicious activity. The program encouraged workers with access to private citizens homes (such as cable installers and telephone repairmen) to report anything they deemed suspicious. The program was compared to those in place in East Germany during the Cold War, in which citizens constantly spied on one another and lived in fear of sudden arrest or worse at the hands of the Stasi police.