Anonymous hackers have announced round five of Operation Last Resort, the anti-US government campaign initiated shortly after the suicide of Aaron Swartz. For this round, the hacktivists have breached the websites of the US Department of State (state.gov) and the one of investment firm George K. Baum and Company.
From state.gov, the hackers have leaked hundreds of names, email addresses, and other details.
“Our reasons for this attack are very simple. You've imprisoned or either censored our people. We will not tolerate things as such. You don't see us going around censoring everything that is inappropriate or we do not like,” Anonymous wrote next to the leaked data.
“Basically, you tried to put an end to us and you got owned, there's nothing more you can say or do. You took away Topiary, Avunit, Neuron, Pwnsauce, lolspoon, Aaron Swartz shall we go on?” they added.
“Heck you think this makes us weak? We are only growing stronger because of the fact that you are forcing us to revolt. When the lions roar you will hear them. And when it's feeding time you'll be our dinner.”
As far as George K. Baum and Company, the hacktivists have defaced the investment firm’s website and have leaked the details of several customer accounts, including names, email addresses and passwords in clear text.
Anonymous has also pointed out that the company is linked to Stratfor
, the think tank whose systems were breached
by the hacktivists back in December 2011.
With the “round 5” hacks, the score appears to be Anonymous 4, US government 1. The hacktivists won the first three rounds by defacing the websites of MIT
, the United States Sentencing Commission
and the Federal Reserve.
However, they lost the fourth round since they failed to disrupt
broadcasts of the US president’s State of the Union speech.