A Republican official in Arizona on Wednesday confirmed something that’s long been suspected.
State schools superintendent John Huppenthal has been a prolific and often incendiary anonymous commenter on local political blogs.
Under various pseudonyms, including Falcon9, Thucky and Thucydides, Huppenthal has authored hundreds of comments at the progressive Blog for Arizona since at least 2011.
He engaged in self-promotion, writing in February that he’s “sure” Huppenthal, who’s up for re-election this year, “will be our next superintendent.”
He once decried Barack Obama for “rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of ‘poor’ families).” and even went birther, claiming that the president wrote in his memoir that “he was born in Kenya!!!”
In one comment, he compared Margaret Sanger to Adolf Hitler, writing that the Planned Parenthood founder “fed 16 million African-Americans into the abortion mills. He also argued that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “disastrous economic policies drug down the whole world and directly led to the rise of a no-name hack named Adolph Hitler who was going nowhere until Germany’s economy went into the tank.”
Attorney Bob Lord, who writes at the Blog for Arizona, has long believed that Huppenthal was behind the comments. He told TPM last week, before the superintendent’s admission, that he’d traced the IP address linked to one of the comments to a computer inside the Department of Education Building.
Israeli Hackers Strike Back at Anonymous OpIsrael, Expose Participants With Their Own Webcams (PHOTOS)
An Israeli hacker team published on Tuesday images and personal details of members of the Anonymous hacker collective who participated in the OpIsrael attack against Israeli sites earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
Israeli Elite Force gained access to the computers of 16 Anonymous members and was able to capture screenshots and photos of the anti-Israel hackers with their own webcams. The Israeli team published the information in a Dropbox document via their Facebook page, saying, “Anonymous, next time do not mess with us.”
The file includes the names of the attackers, their countries of origin, and usernames and passwords to various websites they use. Most participants were based in Malaysia and Indonesia, while others were from Portugal, the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Algeria and Saudi Arabia.
The lead pro-Israel hacker named on the document, Buddhax, said the ease in which he was able to infiltrate the computers of Anonymous members proves how amateur the anti-Israel attackers are.
It has been an embarrassing week for security firm HBGary and its HBGary Federal offshoot. HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr thought he had unmasked the hacker hordes of Anonymous and was preparing to name and shame those responsible for co-ordinating the group’s actions, including the denial-of-service attacks that hit MasterCard, Visa, and other perceived enemies of WikiLeaks late last year.
One might think that such an esteemed organization would prove an insurmountable challenge for a bunch of disaffected kids to hack. World-renowned, government-recognized experts against Anonymous? HBGary should be able to take their efforts in stride.
Unfortunately for HBGary, neither the characterization of Anonymous nor the assumption of competence on the security company’s part are accurate, as the story of how HBGary was hacked will make clear……..
The hbgaryfederal.com CMS was susceptible to a kind of attack called SQL injection. In common with other CMSes, the hbgaryfederal.com CMS stores its data in an SQL database, retrieving data from that database with suitable queries. Some queries are fixed—an integral part of the CMS application itself. Others, however, need parameters. For example, a query to retrieve an article from the CMS will generally need a parameter corresponding to the article ID number. These parameters are, in turn, generally passed from the Web front-end to the CMS.
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Rehtaeh Parsons was a 17 year old Canadian girl in Nova Scotia who committed suicide last week after being gang raped in 2011, and then being harrassed and bullied ever since. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted an investigation lasting almost a year, and then declined to press any charges, citing a lack of evidence.
The internet “hacktavist” group known as Anonymous (of which I am generally not a fan), says they were able to solve the crime in about two hours:
Scary and unpredictable hackers though they are, they didn’t delve into anyone’s Facebook or email accounts to figure out who the rapists are. People close to the individuals in the case flooded Anonymous accounts with testimony.
Anonymous deduced that the primary rapist in the case shouldn’t be all that hard to catch, since he bragged about the crime and took a picture of himself doing it.
You can read the statement from Anonymous here (or watch the video below), but here are some of their best reasons the case should be re-opened (and can be solved):
Witness testimony – If nothing else, it seems that dozens of teens and adults heard the rapists at least brag about taking part in the Rehtaeh Parsons gang rape.
EXIF data – since a photo of Rehtaeh’s rape was reportedly circulated among hundreds of students, Anonymous wonders if authorities even bothered to check.
The school did nothing – they said they didn’t know, but if child pornography is going viral in your hallways, shouldn’t you know?
Below is the video from Anonymous.
Who failed Rehtaeh Parsons?
Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying
Nova Scotia bully case: Province criticized for inaction after teen’s suicide
Angel Rehtaeh (A Facebook memorial page)
A Wisconsin man could face years in federal prison if he is convicted of helping hacker collective Anonymous take down Koch Industries’ website during protests in the state’s capital in 2011, according to an indictment revealed this week.
The charges were announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Wichita, Kan. — the home of Koch Industries, a $115-billion-a-year oil and manufacturing conglomerate owned by libertarian iconoclasts Charles and David Koch.
Rosol is the first and only defendant charged in the attack, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office told the Los Angeles Times.
The Koch site shutdown came during the height of pro-union protests in Wisconsin’s state capital that winter, when the Koch brothers came under criticism for backing the state’s union cutbacks. Under the hashtag #OpWisconsin, Anonymous members issued a statement accusing the Kochs of “political manipulation” and said, “We are actively seeking vulnerabilities.”
In the world of computer crime, the attack was more of a mobbing than a robbery.
Koch Brothers is Teh Stan but cybervandalism is bad mmkay.
Abstract—Little attention has been paid to non-state actors conducting cyberwars against each other and the disruptive effects these wars can have on nation-states. This article explores the online clash between the hacker group, Anonymous, and the Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas. This type of cyberwar was unique: it was an incident where two clandestine non-state groups used the digital domain to attack each other and it was largely a private affair. Yet the incident had public consequences that left the Mexican government as a bystander. Such criminal activity beyond the reach of government intervention blurs the line between public safety and national security.
In the fall of 2011, two clandestine non-state groups—a hacktivist collective and a Mexican drug cartel—stared each other down in the digital domain, with potentially fatal real world consequences for both sides. Los Zetas, a Mexican drug trafficking organization composed of former members of Mexico’s Special Forces, kidnapped a member of Anonymous, the global hacking group, in Veracruz on October 6th. In retaliation, Anonymous threatened to publicize online the personal information of Los Zetas and their associates, from taxi drivers to high-ranking politicians, unless Los Zetas freed their abductee by November 5th. The release of this information on the Internet would have exposed members of Los Zetas to not only possible arrest by Mexican authorities, but also to assassination by rival cartels. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Los Zetas then attempted to “reverse hack” Anonymous to uncover some of its members and to threaten them with death. As a consequence, a few members of Anonymous sought to call off the operation and disavowed those members who wanted to go forward. With time running out and locked in a stalemate, Los Zetas released their kidnap victim on November 4th with an online warning that they would kill ten innocent people for each name that Anonymous might subsequently publicize. Anonymous called off its operation; each side appeared to step back from the brink.
This was a cyberwar of a different kind. Most of the theorizing about cyberwar has centered on cyber attacks that cripple the digital systems critical for military, political, social, and economic operations of nation-states or the use of cyberspace to attack the infrastructure of modern society like power grids, financial systems, and emergency services. However, according to James Bosworth, an expert on organized crime and cybercrime, neither Anonymous nor Los Zetas:
In anger over the recent death of an Internet activist who faced federal charges, hackers claiming to be from the group Anonymous threatened early Saturday to release sensitive information about the U.S. Department of Justice.
They claimed to have one such file on multiple servers ready for immediate release.
The hackers apparently hijacked the website of the U.S. government agency responsible for federal sentencing guidelines, where they posted a message demanding the United States reform its justice system or face incriminating leaks to select news outlets.
The hackers said they have obtained “enough fissile material for multiple warheads,” which it would launch against the justice department and “its associated executive branches.”
It gave the “warheads” the names of U.S. Supreme Court justices, such as Thomas.Warhead1 after justice Clarence Thomas or Ginsburg.Warhead1 after justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Anonymous accused the FBI of infiltrating its ranks and claimed the federal government is applying “highly disproportionate sentencing” to ruin the lives of some of its members.
[Aaron] Swartz, 26, was facing federal computer fraud charges and could have served 35 years in prison. Anonymous said he “was killed,” because he “faced an impossible choice.”
You’re more findable than you know, ‘Anonymous’. Try your little scheme and you’ll know what its like to make the federal government angry with you. I predict any such confrontation will simply end with most of the Anonymous members involved in it going to prison.
The last few days have seen a flurry of Twitter activity from Anonymous, the hacker collective, and more recently, from Twitter itself.
Anonymous has been campaigning against the Westboro Baptist Church after its members threatened to picket at a vigil for victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, claiming ‘God sent the shooter’ in retaliation for the fact that Connecticut has legalized gay marriage.
In response, Anonymous hacked into the Twitter and Facebook accounts of several Westboro Baptist Church members and tweeted information about members like their home addresses and telephone numbers, as well as the locations of the hotel rooms where they say church members have been coordinating their protests.
Apparently, Twitter thinks it’s fine for Spike Lee to post address of random people named George Zimmerman, asking people to attack them (washingtonpost.com), Spike Lee still has an account, but draws the line at Anonymous.
(If it were up to me, anyone who tries to incite violence via Twitter should be banned.)
Looks like Anonymous has had their fill of the blood suckers in the WBC and will now do a tap dance on them. This might be a fun week. Listen to the video here. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of parasites.
Greetings Citizens of the world,
This is Anonymous.
debka.com is an Israeli-Based News-Agency, which has tied relations with Israeli Intelligence Agency (MOSSAD) and Military sources, “Tongue of MOSSAD”. DEBKA first started around 2000 in purpose of polluting media with Zionist-Oriented news and rumors.
DEBKA also analyzes on how people react to news and information offered by the agency in their state of art laboratory. Using these methods the agency has got the ability to release news and rumors in subjects which have most impact in the eyes of readers and political figures.
We have managed to hack their systems and acquire highly sensitive information, including employees and authors personal information, labs details and of course their subscribers.