Anonymous hackers claim to have gained access to the systems of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hacktivists have leaked information on government contractors, subcontractors and employees.
“This is a message from some of us, to FEMA, to various world governments and to their complicit corporate lackeys who dwell in the shadows as well as to the 2.5 billion regular people who use the internet and have found that their right to privacy has been utterly destroyed,” the hackers stated.
The hackers say that FEMA’s 2012 cyber security exercise – designed to increase the understanding of cyber threats, and to test the cyber event response and recovery processes and capabilities of the government-private sector – was “part of the ongoing justifications” for PRISM and other NSA programs that threaten online anonymity and privacy.
In this exercise, FEMA simulated a cyberattack launched against US businesses and infrastructure by a group called “The Void.” The hacktivists believe that “The Void” is actually Anonymous.
“Even in a government sponsored wargame scenario clearly aimed at brainstorming ways of thwarting Anonymous you were afraid to invoke our name, but were as subtle as a sledgehammer,” they said.
As far as the leaked information is concerned, the names, email addresses and physical addresses posted online by the hackers are publicly available. However, Anonymous claims they’ve taken out the more sensitive information.
“Anonymous has purposefully redacted logins, passwords, SSNs and other details that might genuinely endanger the United States from this document, our intent is not to harm, merely to issue a firm warning,” the hackers explained.