Anonymous has announced that it has begun its hacking spree for the week – Guy Fawkes week – and claims to have dumped user and employee account information on accounts from PayPal, Symantec, Australian government Web sites and some more. The focus of the operation seems to be an anti-surveillance protest. Trapwire’s and INDECT’s opponents believe “the surveillance systems to be direct threats to privacy and certain civil freedoms and that their implementation could constitute human rights violations.”.
Anonymous Twitter accounts announce the strikes and link some document dumps (pastebin), and this is just the beginning of war and defacements for several days of protest. News of the protest is being shared on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pastebin.
Here in Québec, the DGE website and several universities networks are down. The hacktivists have also included in its announcements the hacking and defacement of Australian government sites, ImageShack and PayPal (claiming a zero day exploit), Ascension Australia, NBC.com and Lady Gaga’s fan site (claimed for the spree by “Pyknic”), Saturday Night Live’s Web site, Australian steel and mining company Arcelor Mittal (including the intranet), homewares website GiftNow, the Greek City website, the Ghana Consulate Web site, and they claim to have leaked VMware ESX Server Kernel source code via Twitter today.