Hacker group leaks data reportedly from Bank of America showing (shoddy) monitoring of activist and hacker activity
An Anonymous group, identifying itself as Par:AnoIA (aka Anonymous Intelligence Agency) has released 14 Gigabytes of data, code and software that it claims shows how Bank of America employed security firms to monitor hackers and activists.
In a Wednesday press release, Par:AnoIA stated that the data “shows that Bank of America and others are contracting other companies to spy and collect information on private citizens.” The release also notes, however, that the “overall quality of the research is poor and potentially false.”
The data was not obtained through any hack, but was “stored on a misconfigured server and basically open for grabs.”
Leaked documents reveal that TEKSystems assembled reports on both Occupy Wall Street online activity and hackers throughout 2012. But the hackers group called such “intelligence” “sloppy, random and valueless”:
Apparently a key word list was used to match for items of interest on IRC, Twitter and other social media. While the list has over 10.000 entries only 1125 keywords seem to be genuine, the rest are simply Wikipedia references.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com. More Natasha Lennard.
More Related Stories
- Guantánamo prisoner on hunger strike cries for help on Twitter
- DHS admits "impossible" to control 3D-printed guns
- 3 possible solutions to international tax avoidance
- Wikipedia's anti-Pagan crusade
- Could hackers destroy the U.S. power grid?
- Iran hackers aiming at U.S. energy firms
- California judge cites "Star Trek," stuns copyright trolls
- Twitter beefs up security measures
- Man arrested for sending Craigslist sex party to neighbor's house
- Teenagers care more about online privacy than you think
- The Maker kids are alright
- Radio host tweets rape joke, blames journalists for reporting on it
- Cyber attacks could cause the next world war
- Snapchat is secretly storing your photos
- Apple's biggest sin: Popularity
- Facebook's hate speech problem
- Amazon set to launch fine-art gallery
- Twitter torches Dan Brown's "Inferno"
- Looting in Oklahoma?
- Wikipedia cleans up its mess
- You are less beautiful than you think
Featured Slide Shows
The week in 10 picsclose X
- 1 of 11
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
Recent Slide Shows
- 1 of 11