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November 5 Hacking Spree Included Anonymous, HTP

By - Source: ZDNet | B 12 comments

Two hacking groups went wild on November 5 in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day.

November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day, and several hacking groups celebrated the event by going on a hacking spree.

Early Monday morning, ZDNet said that Monday's hacking theme was an anti-surveillance protest, as the Anonymous attacks were focused on surveillance systems like TrapWire and INDECT. The group claims that these systems are direct threats to privacy and certain civil freedoms. Even more, their implementation could "constitute human rights violations."

As always, Anonymous used various social formats to announce its victories including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The collective also linked to document dumps on Pastebin to prove their latest hacking claims. ZDNet added that Anonymous Australia had been the most active of the collective.

So far the hacking spree includes the following:

* Arcelor Mittal, an Australian steel and mining company
* Ascension Australia
* Australian government websites
* Ghana Consulate website
* Giftnow, a homewares website
* Greek City website
* Lady Gaga's fan site
* Leaking the VMware ESX Server Kernel source code
* The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The following websites were defaced, but Anonymous is currently denying responsibility despite claims from the press:

* NBC.com
* NBC's Jimmy Fallon portal
* NBC's Jay Leno portal
* Saturday Night Live's website

Cyber War News reports that three hacks associated with the Anonymous spree were actually performed by Hack The Planet and include:

* ImageShack
* Symantec
* ZPanel (previously believed to be PayPal)

HTP reportedly released on Monday a Zine containing breached information on ImageShack and Symantec while a zero-day exploit was released for ZPanel (previously thought to be PayPal).

According to the report, the leaked data was uploaded to various places on the internet and included information stored on the ImageShack server (shells, file permission settings, source codes etc), exploits and vulnerabilities that were discovered in the attacks. The Symantec portion of the data consisted of a complete database, and more than 4000 user accounts spanning employees and related companies.

Other information offered in the HTP's Zine included information on Infosec and Anonymous members.

As reported by Mashable, Guy Fawkes Day is a British commemoration of a failed assassination attempt on King James I. Serving as a member of the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes found himself jailed after being caught guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords.


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    aftcomet , November 6, 2012 6:17 AM
    dark_knight33Fortunately, in less than 24 hours both of you won't need to waste time writing sad political commentary.


    I hope they both lose. It's a douchebag vs turd sandwich. Just like every other election, nothing ever changes.
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    dark_knight33 , November 6, 2012 5:58 AM
    Fortunately, in less than 24 hours both of you won't need to waste time writing sad political commentary.
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    SirTrollsALot , November 6, 2012 4:18 AM
    Im surprised no Mitt Romney sites have not been hacked, cause if he gets into office I bet a bunch of those Internet Security Bills will get highlighted... FAK THAT!!!
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    aftcomet , November 6, 2012 4:59 AM
    SirTrollsALotIm surprised no Mitt Romney sites have not been hacked, cause if he gets into office I bet a bunch of those Internet Security Bills will get highlighted... FAK THAT!!!


    I was wondering where that stench was coming from and then I realized the forum troll is out and about.
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    dark_knight33 , November 6, 2012 5:58 AM
    Fortunately, in less than 24 hours both of you won't need to waste time writing sad political commentary.
  • 22 Hide
    aftcomet , November 6, 2012 6:17 AM
    dark_knight33Fortunately, in less than 24 hours both of you won't need to waste time writing sad political commentary.


    I hope they both lose. It's a douchebag vs turd sandwich. Just like every other election, nothing ever changes.
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    abbadon_34 , November 6, 2012 6:37 AM
    i wonder how many of those people wearing the masks realize the character is gay?
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    jerm1027 , November 6, 2012 7:17 AM
    aftcometI hope they both lose. It's a douchebag vs turd sandwich. Just like every other election, nothing ever changes.

    Vote for an independent party then. I'm voting for the Green ticket, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.
    abbadon_34i wonder how many of those people wearing the masks realize the character is gay?

    And that matters because...
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    Thomas Creel , November 6, 2012 9:24 AM
    hackin is so stupid y u no get reel job
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    sa1nt , November 6, 2012 1:32 PM
    aftcometI hope they both lose. It's a douchebag vs turd sandwich. Just like every other election, nothing ever changes.

    Bill Clinton was quite good president in my opinion but he got in trouble over a blowjb.On the other hand starting a war is quite normal practice.
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    ddpruitt , November 6, 2012 3:08 PM
    Back on topic.....

    I think Anonymous needs to grow up. They started of with a Noble idea but like terrorism it's been corrupted and is beginning to affect people that it shouldn't. It's time someone got serious about going after anonymous and started shutting them down. I can understand (but don't agree with) going after MPAA, RIAA, etc. But when you go after an image hosting site, a website that sells foreign CDs, and similar you're just being a vandal.
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    clonazepam , November 6, 2012 3:21 PM
    Apple wasn't a target because their equipment and products are impenetrable.

    lol idk why but it feels wrong that they were left out jk

    Sometime in the future, maybe 14000 street lamps in London will blink to the tune of...
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    COLGeek , November 6, 2012 4:20 PM
    Anonymous/HTP = knuckleheads.

    Surely, any point they try to make is lost due to the public outcry of their "evil" deeds. Some children never learn.
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    f-14 , November 7, 2012 12:51 AM
    these hack FROOBS are so stupid in who they hack, would have been better had they hacked the MPAA and RIAA and completely drained them of funds to deposit on some charity like dr.'s with out borders or operation smile. but NOOOOOoooo they have to be a bunch of worthless FROOBS that just make life worse for the rest of us.

    hey anony why not hack a virus maker and kill his destructive criminal thievery? make it so a virus fixes security holes and protects peoples identity!

    why not wipe out user data collected by sites that don't have user privacy protection?

    oh nooo that's actual work, that actually helps people and makes the world a better place, anon is not for that!

    bunch of worthless infantile moronic froobs, the only good hacker is a dead hacker is the motto from now on.

    time to bust a cap in pvt. manning and assange's head
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