Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:12 PM
Purveyor (29,433 posts)
Federal Reserve Admits It WAS Hacked By Anonymous As Group 'Takes Revenge' For Suicide Of Swartz
Source: Daily Mail
The Federal Reserve has admitted it was hacked by Anonymous as the group 'takes revenge' for suicide of Reddit founder Aaron Swartz.
The admission, which raises questions about cyber security at the Fed, follows a claim that hackers linked to the activist group Anonymous had struck the Fed on Sunday, accessing personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives, which it published on the Web.
Swartz, 26, killed himself on January 11, just a month before he was set to go on trial in Boston for thirteen felony charges.
Today a Fed spokeswoman said 'The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product.'
'Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system,' the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274305/Federal-Reserve-WAS-hacked-Anonymous-revenge-suicide-Reddit-founder-Aaron-Swartz.html#ixzz2K8PmoJvc
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Federal Reserve Admits It WAS Hacked By Anonymous As Group 'Takes Revenge' For Suicide Of Swartz (Original post)
|Leslie Valley||Feb 2013||#1|
|Egalitarian Thug||Feb 2013||#12|
Response to Purveyor (Original post)
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:29 PM
Leslie Valley (310 posts)
1. Yesterday it was the DOE, today the FED
And yet some people would be comfortable with a national database to do gun purchase background checks.
I suppose if you aren't doing anything wrong what's the harm.
Response to Leslie Valley (Reply #1)
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:49 PM
bemildred (90,061 posts)
6. You will see a lot more of this.
It's all "low-hanging fruit" out there in government land, outside of the security establishment. Some of them are very competent, but that's the exception. The Internet was designed to be scalable, not secure, so security is very expensive to implement, and nobody trusts anybody, so they all have to attempt it themselves, make it part of their empire, not some other guys. So it all tends to be full of bugs, which is what hackers rely on.
Response to datasuspect (Reply #8)
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:44 PM
randome (34,307 posts)
9. Anonymous is supposed to represent 'the people' in some fashion.
But I don't see the point of hacking the Federal Reserve for fun and games and not actually doing anything to help anyone.