The Hacker News Logo
Subscribe to Newsletter

The Hacker News — Latest Cyber Security, Hacking & Tech News: Anonymous Hacking Group

Anonymous Hacktivist 'Barrett Brown' Released From Prison

Anonymous Hacktivist 'Barrett Brown' Released From Prison

November 30, 2016Wang Wei
Barrett Brown , a journalist, formerly served as an unofficial spokesman for the hacktivist collective Anonymous, finally walked free from prison on Tuesday morning after serving more than four years behind bars. The Dallas-born investigative journalist was arrested in 2012 from his home while he was in the middle of an online chat after posting tweets and YouTube video threatening revenge against an FBI agent. Brown, 35, initially attracted the law enforcement attention in 2011 when he shared a hyperlink to an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel where Anonymous members were distributing stolen information from the hack at security think tank Strategic Forecasting or Stratfor. The hack allegedly exposed 200 gigabytes of data, which included email addresses and credit card information from Stratfor clients, including the US Army, US Air Force, and Miami Police Department. Originally facing sentence to more than 100 years in prison, Brown was convicted in January 2015 under
Hacker who exposed Steubenville Rape Faces longer Prison term than Rapists

Hacker who exposed Steubenville Rape Faces longer Prison term than Rapists

November 28, 2016Mohit Kumar
Remember Steubenville High School Rape Case ? In 2012, Steubenville (Ohio) high school's football team players gang-raped an unconscious teenage girl from West Virginia and took photographs of the sexual assault. In December 2012, a member of the hacker collective Anonymous hacked into the Steubenville High School football fan website Roll Red Roll and leaked some evidence of the rape , including a video taken and shared by the crime's perpetrators in which they joked about the sexual assault. The hack exposed information about the gang rape by two football team players — Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, both 16 at the time of the crime — who were eventually convicted and sentenced in 2013 to 2 and one years behind bars, respectively, but have since been released. In 2013, the FBI raided the home of Deric Lostutter — Anonymous member, also known online as " KYAnonymous " — and seized two laptops, flash drives, CD's, an external hard-drive, cell phones a
British Court rules Hacktivist 'Lauri Love' can be extradited to USA

British Court rules Hacktivist 'Lauri Love' can be extradited to USA

September 17, 2016Swati Khandelwal
British citizen and alleged hacker Lauri Love will be extradited to the United States to face allegations of hacking into United States government computer systems, a UK judge ruled on Friday. Love, 31, is currently facing up to 99 years in prison for allegedly hacking into the FBI, the US Army, the US Missile Defence Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and New York's Federal Reserve Bank during 2012 and 2013. US Prosecutors claim that Love was allegedly involved in #OpLastResort , an online protest linked with the Anonymous collective following the persecution and untimely death of activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in 2013 while under federal charges for data theft. Speaking at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, District Judge Nina Tempia said : "I'll be extraditing Mr. Love, by which I mean I'll be passing the case to the Secretary of State." Tempia said Love could appeal against the court decisi
Journalist Matthew Keys gets 2-Year Prison term for helping Anonymous Hackers

Journalist Matthew Keys gets 2-Year Prison term for helping Anonymous Hackers

April 14, 2016Mohit Kumar
Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys , who was convicted last year of helping the Anonymous group of hackers, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for computer hacking charges. Keys was found guilty last year in October of giving Anonymous login credentials that allowed the group to deface the Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Media-owned newspaper, back in 2013. After leaving the job at Tribune Company-owned Sacramento KTXL Fox 40 in 2010, Keys posted login credentials for the company's content management system (CMS) on a chatroom where hacking collective Anonymous planned out their operations. The hacking collective then logged into the CMS and defaced an LA Times article that remained defaced for about 40 minutes before a journalist noticed and changed it back – though Keys still denies all allegations. Keys faced a possible sentence of up to 25 years for three counts of hacking charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Although the US Attorne
Anonymous claims they Hacked Donald Trump ...Really?

Anonymous claims they Hacked Donald Trump ...Really?

March 18, 2016Wang Wei
The 'Hacktivist' collective group Anonymous claimed to have leaked personal details of the controversial US presidential candidate Donald Trump , including his Mobile Phone Number and Social Security Number (SSN). Donald Trump SSN: 086-38-5955 DOB: 06/14/1946 Phone Number: 212-832-2000 Cell/Mobile Phone Number: (917) 756-8000 The hacktivist group has declared war against Trump under a campaign with the hashtag #OpWhiteRose . The White Rose Society was a non-violent resistance group in Nazi, Germany and was known for its anti-Nazi pamphlets and graffiti during World War II. Anonymous posted a YouTube video Thursday afternoon in which a man in a Guy Fawkes mask says: "Donald Trump has set his ambitions on the White House in order to promote an agenda of fascism and xenophobia as well as the religious persecution of Muslims through totalitarian policies. He has proposed targeting family members of suspected terrorists for assassination, even whi
Hey ISIS! Check Out How 'Idiot' Anonymous Hackers Can Disrupt your Online Propaganda

Hey ISIS! Check Out How 'Idiot' Anonymous Hackers Can Disrupt your Online Propaganda

November 18, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The online Hacktivist group Anonymous declared War against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that claimed responsibility for the horrific terrorist attacks that rocked Paris last week. In response to the Anonymous’ warning of launching their "biggest operation ever" against the terrorist group, ISIS militants called Anonymous – "IDIOTS" . It seems like Anonymous has taken ISIS response very seriously and the group has started carrying out their attacks against the terror organisation. Anonymous First 'Cyber Attack' on ISIS Soon after its war declaration, Anonymous claimed to have taken down more than 5,500 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts in #OpParis (Operation Paris). In the past, hackers and organizations associated with Anonymous brought down websites allegedly connected with ISIS and claimed to have taken down thousands of ISIS accounts, disrupting their social media recruitment efforts. Also Read: Would Encryption Backdoor S
ISIS Calls Anonymous "IDIOTS" and Issues 5 Lame Tips for its Members to Avoid Getting Hacked

ISIS Calls Anonymous "IDIOTS" and Issues 5 Lame Tips for its Members to Avoid Getting Hacked

November 17, 2015Mohit Kumar
The Anonymous Hacking group on Sunday declared Total War against the ISIS , the Islamic State terror organization that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks on Friday that killed 129 people and hundreds more injured. In a sinister video posted on YouTube, the Cyber Hacktivists said they will launch their " biggest operation ever " with the warning that " Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.” Also Read:   Would Encryption Backdoor Stop Paris-like Terror Attacks? Now, The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has released a statement, responding to Anonymous’s declaration of total war. They (ISIS) called Anonymous – IDIOTS , … and issued some anti-hacking tips to pro-ISIS supporters to protect against cyber attacks. The message from ISIS to Anonymous came through one of the ISIS-affiliated official channels, dubbed ELITE SECTION of IS , on the messaging app Telegram . The message read: " The #Anonymous hackers threatened in a new video r
Anonymous Group Leaks Identities of 1000 KKK Members

Anonymous Group Leaks Identities of 1000 KKK Members

November 06, 2015Wang Wei
The online hacktivist group Anonymous has followed through on its promise to disclose the identities of hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members. On Monday, Anonymous vowed to release the full info dump of about  1,000 alleged Ku Klux Klan members with a chosen date of 5th of this November. As promised, Anonymous posted a link to a Pastebin account with the names, aliases, Google Plus profiles, Facebook accounts and other identifying information of roughly 1,000 individuals the group believes are members of the Ku Klux Klan. The hackers behind the leak tweeted a link to a Pastebin on a Twitter account, Operation KKK ( @Operation_KKK ) believed to be controlled by them. Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is classified as a White Supremacist Racist group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, allegedly having total 5,000 to 8,000 members. "We hope Operation KKK will, in part, spark a bit of constructive dialogue about race, racism, racial terror and fr
Anonymous Hackers to Leak 1000 of KKK Members Details on Million Mask March (Nov 5, 2015)

Anonymous Hackers to Leak 1000 of KKK Members Details on Million Mask March (Nov 5, 2015)

November 03, 2015Mohit Kumar
The Online Hacktivist group Anonymous announced it plans to reveal the identities of about 1,000 Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members on 5th November , the day of the Global Protest movement known as the Million Mask March. Million Mask March , where protesters don Guy Fawkes masks in hundreds of cities around the world, and march together against the corrupt Governments and corporations. Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is classified as a White Supremacist Racist group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, allegedly having total 5,000 to 8,000 members. It was founded after the Civil War by former Confederate soldiers to fight against the reforms imposed by the North during Reconstruction. “ We've gained access to yet another KKK Twitter account. Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 Klan member identities. ”, Anonymous Hackers tweeted last week. The list of 1000 KKK Members, to be released on 5th November, apparently includes the
Anonymous Hackers Target Israeli Websites and Leak Credentials

Anonymous Hackers Target Israeli Websites and Leak Credentials

April 07, 2015Wang Wei
The infamous hacking group Anonymous that vowed an ' Electronic Holocaust ' against Israel and promised to 'erase Israel from cyberspace' on 7th April, managed to launch a cyber attack, beginning Tuesday morning. In a spooky video " message to Israel " posted on YouTube March 4 , Anonymous declared cyber attack against Israel on April 7 in response to what the group calls ' crimes in the Palestinian territories. ' Today we noticed a number of hacking incidents against Israeli cyberspace under #OpIsrael . Anonymous conduct #OpIsrael attack against Israel every year on 7th April and this is the fourth annual cyber attack on Israel in order to protest against Israeli bombing on the Palestinian territory. CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL Today, Anonymous and Pro-Palestinian hackers targeted dozens of Israeli Government websites , including the Knesset portal (parliament), as well as websites related to the Israeli court system and the
Anonymous Hackers Threaten Israel with 'Electronic-Holocaust' on 7th April

Anonymous Hackers Threaten Israel with 'Electronic-Holocaust' on 7th April

March 31, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The famous cyber hacker group Anonymous has vowed an ' Electronic Holocaust ' against Israel in response to what the group calls 'crimes in the Palestinian territories'. In a spooky video " message to Israel " posted on YouTube March 4, Anonymous declared yet another cyber attack on April 7, which is one week before Holocaust Remembrance day. Totally in news delivering style, the video clip shows a man wearing an Anonymous mask and threatening to take down Israeli servers and websites related to critical infrastructure next week, promising to 'erase you from cyberspace'. " We will erase [Israel] from cyberspace in our electronic Holocaust ," says the video. " As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military sites, and Israeli institutions. " The cyber activist group declared Palestinians youths as a 'symbol of freedom', and urged them to "never give up. [Anonymous] are with
Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison just for 'Re-Sharing Link to Hacked Material'

Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison just for 'Re-Sharing Link to Hacked Material'

January 23, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Barrett Brown , a journalist formerly served as an unofficial spokesman for the hacktivist collective Anonymous , was sentenced Thursday to over five years in prison, after pleading guilty to federal charges of  " transmitting a threat in interstate commerce ,"   " for interfering with the execution of a search warrant ," and to being " accessory after the fact in the unauthorized access to a protected computer ." After already having served over 2 years ( 31 months ) in detention, Texas court in Dallas has sentenced Barrett Brown to 63 months in federal prison and also ordered him to pay a little more than $890,000 in restitution and fines related to the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence . Over a year ago, another federal judge sentenced Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for making millions of emails from the servers of security firm Stratfor public. It’s Hammond who said that Brown simply linked to the hacked
Exclusive Deals

Get Daily News Updates By Email

Join over 350,000 information security professionals — Get the best of our cyber security coverage delivered to your inbox every morning.