A group of cyber activists who refer to themselves as ‘Anonymous’ have taken full credit for a cyber attack on a US Government website, which has led to a leak of several employee data.
Anonymous has taken credit for hacking the United States Census Bureau website and have published the data which includes names, telephone numbers, email addresses, addresses and the ranks of employees within the US Government. The breached and published data also consists of the much difficult but yet not impossible to crack password hashes.
Anonymous claims that the reason behind the hack is the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which stands Numero Uno in the list of priorities for the American administration and claim a progressive reform in the politico-economic platform of the nation, by creating an alliance with the major Atlantic and Pacific nations. Despite of the numerous opposition the twin pact has gathered in this short period of time, Anonymous is the only group that has raised its opposition vocally.
However, the data breach is not one the most feared activities that the government could with at the moment, such as a massive data breach in the Office of Personnel Management; it is nonetheless embarrassing.
The US Census Bureau, in an emailed statement has confirmed the data breach and that a investigation has been initiated by the IT forensics team. The bureau spokesperson has launched a statement that none of the stolen data ‘confidential’.
Now a more lucid investigation can only tell if the data that is being published online is a federal threat or not.