Hacker group Anonymous posted personal details of some 4,000 bankers online, including phone numbers, job titles, and even passwords along with their â€œsaltsâ€. The data was initially posted on Alabamaâ€™s Criminal Justice Information Center website, but was quickly taken offline by its operators.
The fact that passwords were listed along with their salts, security experts believe the cyber-terrorist group must have had unrestricted access to the compromised servers. Although Anonymous posted on Twitter that the information was â€œsneaked outâ€ of computers from the Federal Reserve, experts believe such endeavors are beyond the groupâ€™s capabilities.
“Now we have your attention America: Anonymous’s Superbowl Commercial 4k banker dox via the FED,” said Anonymous on Twitter.
Noting that most usernames and passwords are reused as authentication on other accounts, experts warn that other information is at risk if the victims of the leak donâ€™t change their credentials following the incident.
“Breaking into the Federal Reserve just sounds like it would be above and beyond [Anonymous’s] skill set,” said Jeffrey Carr, CEO of Taia Global.
With Anonymous launching OpLastResort in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz, itâ€™s unclear whether the current leak is part of the same campaign. However, Anonymous did promise that information collected from servers belonging to the US Sentencing Commission will be released if the U.S. justice system wonâ€™t reform.
The charges and penalties imposed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Swartz might be revised as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, already wrote him a notification letter that his ruling is under scrutiny.a