Anonymous Hacks Department Of Justice, Threatens To Release Secret DOJ Information, Warns "There Will Be Chaos"

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Nearly two years ago, the hacktivist group Anonymous made waves around the fringes of financial media by announcing "Operation Empire State Rebelion" whose goal was to "engage in a relentless campaign of non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience until Ben Bernanke steps down and the Primary Dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the global economy effective immediately." Needless to say nothing came out of it, and OperationESR was promptly forgotten as Anonymous had apparently met its match in the face of the Fed and the Primary Dealers.

Now, in the aftermath of the Aaron Swartz suicide which has put the entire hacking community on high alert, Anonymous is back with yet another campaign, this one titled "Operation Last Resort", which was revealed to the public when Anonymous took control of the website for the the US Sentencing Commission for nearly one full day from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening, using it as a venue from which to distribute a massive 1.3 GB encrypted file titled Warhead-US-DOJ-LEA-2013.AES256 which may contain secret information sourced from the Department of Justice (hence the files contained are named after SCOTUS justices) and which Anonymous threatens to release unless massive reforms take place at the DOJ - reforms which will certainly never see the light of day, meaning Anonymous will have no choice but to make the contents of said file public.

The contents of the AES256 encrypted "warhead" folder contain nine files eacg named after a Supreme Court Justice as seen below:

md5sums:

14965755e21467d13ac807031f97e2bc     Alito.Warhead1
c243e81a44fc42bc8e6821e9b05650da     Breyer.Warhead1
26e93c731515b4941e10a400e402787c   Ginsburg.Warhead1
199cbbaacbad4e48152dc7d9da153674     Kagan.Warhead1
ee385def3e79c72ecbea42a287ec0396      Kennedy.Warhead1
29da80651797cf30a9594ec97901d8a6    Roberts.Warhead1
af5ab26b222be2c853ebc8460a533f61     Scalia.Warhead1
06917dfe9038640b76d2d83cb3661b3c    Sotomayor.Warhead1
1321fbd5d52d7ea270e50885b0fbf8ae     Thomas.Warhead1

As ZDNet reports:

In the defacement text, Anonymous also said it placed "multiple warheads" on "compromised systems" on various unnamed websites, and encouraged members to download the encrypted files from ussc.gov that are "primed, armed and quietly distributed to numerous mirrors."

 

Anonymous called the launch of it new campaign a "warhead."

 

Anonymous posted the following video to the site stating that this attack is the beginning of what it calls "Operation Last Resort."

In a verbose essay attached to the file, Anonymous itself says the following about the contents of the encrypted released file:

The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.

 

We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for the damages caused by their occupation.

In other words, the file is, at least to Anonymous, the equivalent of a hostage. So what are their hostage release demands?

in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power.

 

For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.

Naturally, following the the past 4 years of gross dereliction of the US DOJ responsibilities, and this week's very demonstrative exit of US Assistant AG Lanny Breuer in the aftermath of the humiliating Frontline special on the "Untouchables", one can't help but feel sympathetic to Anonymous' quest, which at least superficially is attempting to restore some trace of justice in the USA. Anonymous ends its letter with a threat:

We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and back-patting.

 

Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…

However, following the complete failure of previous grand plans by Anonymous to take on the highest echelons of US authority, one can't help but be skeptical that this time attempt to put the blindfold back on Lady Justice will too be a dud.

Here is the clip that Anonymous created to go alongside its "warhead" file release:

And Anonymous' full letter:

Citizens of the world,

 

Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.

 

We have been watching, and waiting.

 

Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.

 

Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is not to play.

 

Last year the Federal Bureau of Investigation revelled in porcine glee at its successful infiltration of certain elements of Anonymous. This infiltration was achieved through the use of the *same tactics which lead to Aaron Swartz’ death. It would not have been possible were it not for the power of federal prosecutors to thoroughly destroy the lives of any hacktivists they apprehend through the very real threat of highly disproportionate sentencing.

 

As a result of the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment tactics, several more of our brethren now face similar disproportionate persecution, the balance of their lives hanging on the severely skewed scales of a broken justice system.

 

We have felt within our hearts a burning rage in reaction to these events, but we have not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a foolish and premature response. We have bidden our time, operating in the shadows, adapting our tactics and honing our abilities. We have allowed the FBI and its masters in government — both the puppet and the shadow government that controls it — to believe they had struck a crippling blow to our infrastructure, that they had demoralized us, paralyzed us with paranoia and fear. We have held our tongue and waited.

 

With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of infiltration. The time has come to give this system a taste of its own medicine. The time has come for them to feel the helplessness and fear that comes with being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.

 

This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments. This website was also chosen due to the nature of its visitors. It is far from the only government asset we control, and we have exercised such control for quite some time…

 

There has been a lot of fuss recently in the technological media regarding such operations as Red October, the widespread use of vulnerable browsers and the availability of zero-day exploits for these browsers and their plugins. None of this comes of course as any surprise to us, but it is perhaps good that those within the information security industry are making the extent of these threats more widely understood.

 

Still there is nothing quite as educational as a well-conducted demonstration…

 

Through this websites and various others that will remain unnamed, we have been conducting our own infiltration. We did not restrict ourselves like the FBI to one high-profile compromise. We are far more ambitious, and far more capable. Over the last two weeks we have wound down this operation, removed all traces of leakware from the compromised systems, and taken down the injection apparatus used to detect and exploit vulnerable machines.

 

We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun…

 

Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256 is primed and armed. It has been quietly distributed to numerous mirrors over the last few days and is available for download from this website now. We encourage all Anonymous to syndicate this file as widely as possible.

 

The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.

 

We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for the damages caused by their occupation.

 

It is our hope that this warhead need never be detonated.

 

However, in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power.

 

For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.

 

We make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.

 

It is these people that the justice system, the government, and law enforcement must engage with. Their voices are already ringing strong with a chorus of determined resolution. We demand only that this chorus is not ignored. We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and back-patting.

 

Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…

 

-Anonymous

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ISEEIT's picture

This really passes the sniff test with me. I remain convinced that Assange was just a limited hangout sort of operation under full control of the freak crew that runs this motherf*&ker (gotta tone it down a bit, ZH keeps hittin' the MSM lately:)...Aynomous might be the real deal and I would give my life, literally, were I to believe it...SO PROVE IT!

I've long held the belief that the satanic scum who actually run this show have files on everyone in positions of significant power. That's how they always get what they're after. As a general rule I submit that if the mind can concieve of any degree of corruption and evil...These pieces of sh*t use them and then some.

Let's just hope however that this isn't a stunt designed to begin kicking in a few of thoses oh so cute E.O.'s. If a release comes and high level Communist/progressives don't go down then it's nothing but a trick kinda like good ole' 9/11.

Seer's picture

"I've long held the belief that the satanic scum who actually run this show have files on everyone in positions of significant power. That's how they always get what they're after. As a general rule I submit that if the mind can concieve of any degree of corruption and evil...These pieces of sh*t use them and then some."

Star Chamber (movie).

pragmatic hobo's picture

it would not surprise me at all if these "anonymous" turns out to be a CIA operation designed to spread "terror" through out the internet thus "forcing" the government hand to tighten the grip and regulate the internet just to keep us all safe and happy. I will wager a bet that in 5 years time the web-sites like zero-hedge will no longer be allowed.

rufusbird's picture

It could happen faster than that...

dexter_morgan's picture

I have heard Facebook is shutting down pro-gun accounts already, not sure what is prompting that, but pretty easy to tighten the grip on things without any legislation. Facebook today, private websites tomorrow. Hardly need new regulations, though that is likely too.

f16hoser's picture

Young adults/Americans need to understand something about this once great country. The real enemy to their prosperity is the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank owned by the British family Rothschild. They will never enjoy the freedoms and prosperity as their parents and grand parents. They need to rebel now. Get-out of the system as much as possible. Dump dollars for Precious Metals now before it's too late.

Fíréan's picture

The Rothschild family is of Germanic origin, whether the members be based in Deutschland, England, France, Italy or Austria .

cristo's picture

sorry to break it to you but The Rothschilds family is of Jewish origin whether the members be based in Deutschland, England, France, Italy or Austria .

pndr4495's picture

.......m

aybe even Khazarian ; but one would need a DNA sample.

rufusbird's picture

"The Rothchilds likely have more Judah/Jew-dah in their genetic ancestry than Ephraimite, but they are certainly mixed (just like the rest of the world-wide Jewish population). Go to FamilyTreeDNA, enter "Rothschild" in the surname search tool in the upper-right corner, click on the Rothschild project (currently has 17 members) link, and then click on the "Y-DNA Results" link on the left. You'll notice the "J2" haplogroup as very common in the male Rothschild testees... which is also very common in most Jewish populations... as is yHg R (which actually resembles Ephraimite injections, as I alluded to before and else where).

Mayer Amschel Rothschild was born in a Jewish ghetto... and his ancestry certainly appears very Jewish... as I'm sure many of the readers here will know. And I'm sure many are also aware of  the accusation that the Jews (including the Rothschilds) descend from Khazars who "aren't really Jewish". Even if the Khazars were ancestors of the Ashkenazi, but were not Israelite originally, this does not mean they are "fake" necessarily. The Torah permitted non-Israelites to join the assembly and the nation if they were willing to submit to the Elohim of Israel and His Torah. Anti-Semites are largely ignorant of this reality, but still use the possibility as a means to discredit modern-day Jews. Personally, I'm curious what spirit the anti-semitic accusers are driven by."

http://jewsandjoes.com/blog/questions-regarding-khazars-ashkenazi-jews-t...

logicalman's picture

One of the problems I have regarding all this stuff is when commenters go on about 'America'

Countries are fictions created by those who wish to rule - pen the aniimals in easy to manage areas - The real war should be a war is between those who wish to benefit from their own efforts and those who wish to make a living by parasitizing the aferementioned.

If that war ever happens, I think the parasites will be in trouble.

Thing is, parasites, to survice, must be good at hiding what they are up to.

The 'education system' and the MSM are essential in this regard.

 

Seer's picture

Thank you!

The elites use bubbles to surf over/above the masses.

All those who count on counting money, making money off of money, are NOT PRODUCERS.  As we lose readily available cheap energy we're going to have to learn how to work a LOT more- we cannot have these folks dragging our hard-worked butts lower.

Boondocker's picture

more BS.  where are all the bombshells they have been promising??????? exactly!

trentusa's picture

about time ZH got on this story- Drudge posted it two days ago

alfred b.'s picture

 

     Next, they'll be saying that somebody is goin' to jail....

       hahahaaa!

 

SmoothCoolSmoke's picture

At least these guys are doing SOMETHING  (much like OWS).  Yet they get critizied and scoffed at here (ZH), the forum that rants for f'ing the elite ALL THE TIME.

Reminds me of the gun crowd, lotta guns to protect our liberties (as the FF intended).  The liberties are admittedly eroded...but the gun barrels remain cool.

 

 

Boondocker's picture

so they hacked some minor website....big deal

Bandit und Buster's picture

UND SIE? 

What have YOU done? 

Savyindallas's picture

agree with bandit  -what have you done? Reminds of that idiot Karl Denlinger who hates Ron Paul and tells us how Paul is a failure and a phony because he has not yet succeeded in banning the Federal Resrve, stopping all the Neocon wars and imprisoned all the traitors who gave us the Patriot Act, NDAA and fema camps.

Savyindallas's picture

I'm sorry  -the idiot "Denninger" nor Delinger.  I'm trying to forget that fool. I still check on his website a couple of times a month, but there is so little traffic or people posting that it's usually a waste of tima.  

Undecided's picture

lol they are such a joke, what have they actually done to effect the outcomes other then create fear.  They are a controled medium by the same people we despise.

never trust anyone who calls themselves legion.

 

The Gospel of Mark, 5:9, describes the following in the country of the Gadarenes:

And He (Jesus) asked him (the man), "What is thy name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion: for we are many."[1]
zilverreiger's picture

Like wikileaks: SHOW THE GOODS OR GTFO, PSY OPS

rwe2late's picture

The Bill of Rights and Constitution have no single protection meant to stand alone against tyranny.

One by one, nearly all protections have been abolished, dismissed, or circumvented.

A free press to keep an informed citizenry has become MSM, dominated  by official disinformation and managed for profit-driven infotainment.

Habeas Corpus and torture prohibitions meant to limit government abuses have been replaced by rendition, indefinite detention, and even assassination.

Militarism and needless wars, inherent enemies of freedom, were meant to be checked by the People through a popularly and freely elected Congress with authority over declarations of war and the purse strings. That authority has been relinquished to a secretive and autocratic executive and financial cabal.

Freedom to assemble and protest effectively quashed by “Patriot”-NSA-NDAA-Homeland martial law.

The fight against government censorship should be regarded as one with the fight against citizen disarmament.

So many infringements having been allowed, citizen gun ownership alone is an uncertain protection against an unaccountable government and its standing army of militarized police.

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

Short of out-and-out rebellion (which is likely anyway) there is this.  And people should get behind it as the 2nd to last resort.

http://noisyroom.net/blog/2013/01/27/nullification-deniers-this-is-what-...

Rentier's picture

zzz more rhetoric BS only this time from the hackers. Let's see the oh so amazing chaos inducing info in the files then we'll talk until then just more hot air BS.

Wanton1's picture

Yo Anonymous,

 

How about a nice juicey file about the Mossad Madame Shoot-Out at the Congressional Corral?

From Germany With Love's picture

Bully-ish!

No, I am not sympathetic. Because I don't trust that they will make reasonable demands forever. They have their own agenda and they will try to set it through via extortion. "Either you do X or  we will do Y to you."

 

FeralSerf's picture

"Either you do X or we will do Y to you."

Isn't that what the government does?

From Germany With Love's picture

Yeah, Ill stick with the bully I know. Im not going to support a bunch of people who are set to become the new guys. If you think Anonymous is anything but a new form of leftist terrorism, you are thoroughly misguided.

Atomizer's picture

Reporting propaganda news in HFT milliseconds seems to lack continuity. No one can keep their stories straight any longer. What a bang up clusterfuck to watch.

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luna_man's picture

 

 

Got my fingers crossed!...HOPING, IT'S SPECTACULAR!!

Son of Loki's picture
Chinese Party and Business Officials Fired in Sex Scandal

 

Embezzling Billions from their people is evidently not enough for these greedy guys. They'll all be living in Californai soon, anyway...untouchable by the PRC. Here is the ugly face of corruption from a NYT link:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S86ZmqWLJeE

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/world/asia/chinese-officials-fired-ove...

 

 

stant's picture

yeah so far we just got dogs marrying cats thing, i want the hellfire raining bankers chaos

Iocosus's picture

It may be a coincidence, but didn't that one who gave her soul to satan, Janet Napolitano, recently warn of a cyber attack? They are not even hiding their precedent-setting operations anymore, which leads the observer to ponder the idea that they no longer consider us a threat to their plans.

rwe2late's picture

 

 

Indeed, Janet Napolitano recently asserted that a cyber-attack comparable to 9/11 may occur “imminently”.

However, the US has known prowess in cyberwarfare, so orchestrating a massive cyber-attack against the US could prove technically difficult,

.... except perhaps for a false flag one .

?http://www.examiner.com/article/cyber-attack-is-imminent-says-dhs-secretary-napolitano  

Iocosus's picture

Gary McKinnon hacked NASA pretty easily and found out some interesting things.

Seer's picture

Always take note when someone in the govt warns of something ahead of time, because after it happens ALL of them will deny that they could have ever seen it coming!

There were drills simulating an airplane attack on the Pentagon years before 9/11, but after 9/11 no one could have foreseen it happening!

michael_engineer's picture

I hope their dirt will expose injustice in the courts similar to how this man's churning of issues in the family court was exposed :

http://o.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015427070_greenberg26...

Justice was served in many ways when that bad mans deeds were exposed. And that man may have only been the tip of the iceberg of a much larger corruption of family court issues by others like him. I am sure that there are many more who work in various capacities of the family court system who have immorraly taken advantage of and churned and hurt children and families that are so unfortunate as to be in the family court. Some are at their core very similarly as corrupt as Greenberg was and have abandoned their oaths they took to uphold justice and be honest in the courts. And it's despicable of them, just as it was despicable for Greenberg. I am sure that there are many of them who when they look in the mirror can see a reflection of Greenberg staring back and into their soul since they too have perverted justice and in the process betrayed the truth, betrayed others, and betrayed themselves.

As MLK correctly stated, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. "

Maybe Anonymous could also expose some hypocritical tax cheats from top corporations in their releases. It's always amazed me at how some rich people who have been blessed with fortunes and families and good homes will succumb to greed to get even more than their fair share.

TrustWho's picture

This video should be sent to the 50 State Barr Association Mafioso Associations. They are all guilty because the ethical ones are told to keep their mouths shut or else, so they do. When the good guys are cowards, they are guilty by association. Except for the apology to the ones who try their best to practice ethically, this video accurately describes the lost lady of American justice. 

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

If these people really think they are going to negotiate reform. It ain't going to happen with this crew. They are going to wind up paying a terrible price one way or the other. O'great one does not like dissent or being embarrassed in public. It is one thing to bitch and complain it is another once you pull a stunt like this.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Also some common sense advice for those that go and download these files. You know any ip address that is connected to any torrent swarm or website that the access records can be gleemed are going to be subject to warrantless wiretapping laws for obvious reasons. Don't think for a second the D.O.J. or other agencies won't try to use any information they gather to harrass and intimidate you later on. That is how these boys role.

Other piece of advice when you go to grab these files in a bittorrent swarm even if you do decide to try obfiscate your ip address using a darknet like I2P or oneswarm for most clients still write your source IP not the proxy address into the header sent out to the network.

Read more here

https://blog.torproject.org/blog/bittorrent-over-tor-isnt-good-idea

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/04/not-anonymous-attack-reveals-...

 

http://anonymous-p2p.org/

 

Lmo Mutton's picture

Hey anonymous. U can not negotiate with evil.
Shoot first. Others will clean up the mess.

What is it going to take for usguys to learn this???

TrustWho's picture

Agree, let the truth war begin while we still have ?????. The fight for Jeffersonnian liberty has likely been lost, but we should give the cause one last push. 

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Is this substantive?  Yes, no, maybe...  Time will tell...

Will the DOJ be jammed?...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcArnepkhv0

 

lolmao500's picture

Proof that Obama administration bribed the justices to make Obamacare legal??

Sathington Willougby's picture

Damn get Agent 99 on the shoe phone.