(Ping! Zine) – 1.7 gigabytes of data belonging to the United States Justice Department was recently leaked into the public domain by hacking group Anonymous in an operation called “Monday Mail Mayhem.” The attack itself affected the website for the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.
“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,” commented the notorious hacking group via annonnews.org.
As usual, the attack was based upon political motives with the hackers maintaining the release was made to “end the corruption that exists, and truly make those who are being oppressed free.” The leaked data was made available through a torrent download made available on file sharing site The Pirate Bay.
The attack was confirmed by a Justice Department official. In a emailed statement provided by InformationWeek, a DOJ representative stated, “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 official also emphasized that the department’s web presence remained uninterrupted.
Despite the availability of a torrent download link, it might not be smooth sailing for some online users looking to obtain the data. According to InformationWeek’s article, many attempting to download the torrent said the download was stopping when it reached the 94% mark.
Anonymous is loosely organized and boasts a large number of members worldwide. Just last week, the group succeeded in bringing down a number of websites belonging to the Indian government. That attack was made in retaliation for hackers considered the censorship of websites in the country.