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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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lolmao500's picture

Is there any app to hack this with brute force?? Seems to me using a bunch of GPUs it could be cracked relatively fast.

Atomizer's picture

 

 

There are many instances in which you create a threat. Commonly, you create a known resistance and then fabricate false positives by media repeaters. This technique is no different when copycat crimes are exploited on your local TV. On every occasion when this event occurs, the municipal budget is in the red. Fear reins on the taxpayers to shore up the money to expand on a false premise.

Anonymous - The Bankers Are The Problem

 

Sit back & watch.

Meatballs's picture

Want CHAOS, Bitchez!

janchup's picture

Nice place we got here. Truth equals chaos.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Anonymous is the NSA. Trust no one.

Bear's picture

Anonymous is the 21'st century's Sam Adams

akak's picture

I'll be eagerly waiting for his Anonymous Ale, then.

 

(Not to be confused with AnAnonymous' ailment, which is offuscationalism, anti-American bigotry and gross hypocritizenism, alas, alas, three times alas.)

Atomizer's picture

Could be NSA? Let me create multiple Ralph Spoilsport accounts and you tell me who is spoofing you. I won’t do this BTW. Just ask yourself the obvious question…

jomama's picture

what really happened to obl + side stories would be interesting information.

Sturm und Drang's picture

Bring something actionable to the table or bring a significant IT asset to its kness. Otherwise, STFU.

Bear's picture

Nothing is actionable if you are the State ... e.g. Benghazi and Fast and Furious, 

Jake88's picture

Yeah. It has come to pass that as Richard Nixon said, "If the president does it, it is not illegal."

Gunga's picture

Release the Krakennnnn !!!!!!!

Librarian's picture

Indeed.

There are some who are now speculating that this entire Anonymous spectacle is merely a false flag operation to take attention away from the real news that Evil Hackerz (tm) literally busted wide-open a planned and imminent military coup on Syria and Iran based (as-usual) on bogus pretenses.

It's an interesting idea.  I'm sure that whatever the truth is, we will only know about it after its too late to actually do anything about it.

http://pastebin.com/xQEyDEkV

Jake88's picture

Sorry if it contributes to paranoia, but if it is a false flag it could be a clever ploy to round up sympathizers under the NDAA and lock them up for life wiithout a trial.

lakecity55's picture

I think they are a FF front.

Now, if they truly release some cool stuff that is truly actionable by The People and The Law, we will know they are for real. I am an optomist, but I have always thought these guys were black disinfo guys at Belvoir or someplace. They can always prove me wrong.

The fact they only made a threat instead of dropping their "bomb" makes me think it's a 99% chance they are FFs.

Wildeyes's picture

Bang on the money my friend

Jake88's picture

Take no prisoners. But you must go after the real PTB not just their puppets. They can easily buy new puppets.

cristo's picture


PROBLEM > REACTION > SOLUTION

                   NEW WORLD ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

         "All warfare is based on deception" - Sun Tzu: The Art of War

"Not this time.

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.

This time there will be change, or there will be chaos ..." - Anonymous

 

 

Seer's picture

Quite the "duh" by Sun Tzu!  Nature is covered in deception, and humans are OF nature- it's built-in!  We pretend to not be practicing deception when we cloak ourselves with "civility" and "[human] law," but underneath there's yet more cloaking...

NWO requires ENERGY.  It's a non-starter.  What's happening, and people STILL don't get it, is that the masses are being brainwashed into thinking that it CAN happen, which, set things up to work, or roughly work (work well enough), to keep TPTB in power.  Yup, people will restrain themselves with the chains they've made for themselves.

Herdee's picture

Interesting that they talk about this "shadow" U.S. Government and consider the President and politicians to be only puppets of this "other" Government within U.S. Government.Sounds like the same gang of thugs that run the CIA heroin trafficking operations as described on GlobalResearch.ca and the same creeps that killed Kennedy.

sessinpo's picture

Anonymous is a wikileaks wannabe. They just want attention.

 

If they had real principles, they wouldn't be playing these games for media attention, but would be hacking every government and financial institution and releasing all the data immediately without making demands.

 

If the material they release is as bad as they claim, then the public would make the demands.

Freddie's picture

+1

Threatening to release materials.  What is the point?  Release it or go away. 

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Agreed on the wanna be. It is naive and amateurish to think MSM media outlets will publish redacted versions of these documents. If one even agrees it will be because someone from the DOJ, FBI etc will be monitoring the whole exchange trying to trace it back to the source with the end result of it not being published. If I was them and I wanted to show I meant business I'd just drop it on an anonymous youtube video or some other "official" mouthpiece and let the blogs and secondary media outlets run with it. You know people like infowars will be on it like flies on shit and it will spread from there.

AgAu_man's picture

The ONLY way this priming of the pump makes sense, is a tactical move to DISSEMINATE the info first, then do what they 'promise'. They have, in essence, antied up and called.

If neither side does anything of significance, the gig is up. Get the popcorn ready, to see if A is for real, or guys who aren't even 'wankers' because they're not old enough.

Sorry for my healthy scepticism.. must have 'Missouri' genes. And my sincere and profound condolences regarding Aaron. I hope that the rabid Neo-Nazis have the intellectual honesty to acknowledge that he was Jewish. RIP, brave soul.

Jack Burton's picture

How real is all this? Hell if I know, but it does make interesting entertainment. I do agree that we will have to see this group expose something really big before most of us buy into their narative.

If these guys are for real, they are taking on a force funded to the tune of 1 trillion dollars a year, that is total funding for all US security forces, minus local and state police. If they are for real, they have just set of the most well funded hell hounds on earth.

This will take time to play out, as the first threat does not give a time frame. Stay tuned I guess!

Freddie's picture

I think it is entertainment. The use of Scum Hollywood's scum movies is not a good sign.  They think they can negotiate with these people?  Oh gee Anonymous - we hear you and we will be nice and not corrupt and evil.  Yeah that is gonna happen.

If they think they can "negotiate a truce" then they are fools or just another Operation Mockingbird sideshow to give the masses real hope.  Not that phony Hope & Change serfdom.

Debeachesand Jerseyshores's picture

Couldn't these assholes waited to after Super Bowl Weekend has come and gone to release their threats to Eric Holder and the DOJ.

Who has time to listen to their threats when everybody is thinking about those wonderful SuperBowl commericals that would be all the rage post SuperBowl.

It's all in the timing Anonymous,all in the timing.

lolmao500's picture

Or better yet, hack the Superbowl feed and release the documents on the TV stream for everyone to see.

Atomizer's picture

Tech already. Not this SB or next year. Any time. The idiots are roaming around & don't know about the video filming. What a shock to a US person when lies will be projected. I love the United States of America.

IridiumRebel's picture

If they have anything, go old school and publish a couple million worth of fliers with the info and distribute them amongst the Super Bowl crowds and let word of mouth go from there. Any feed hacked will be shut down in seconds as well as Internet. You can't stop the printing press. Just ask Ben!

RECISION's picture

"Besmirked..."???

Credibility much?

e-recep's picture

just fucking do it, damnit!!!

azzhatter's picture

The whole "demands" thing is cheezy. If you got the goods on these fucktards at DOJ release it now. Fuck em all but 6

mendolover's picture

Maybe some juice on Clarence Thomas' days at Monsanto?

Cheshire's picture

If you can hack DOJ just to make a point then I imagine there's quite a bit they may also be capable of doing. They seem to really think they're holding a good hand. Unfortunately, no one really respects the the threat of unknown force. I dont think they intend to "bluff" their way to influence people. This is starting to look epic.

Truly epic.

monad's picture

If I went up against a bully and told him I know kung fu, and told him how I would kick his ass, then warned him to back off, I'd be too dead today to comment that this theatrical bs can only have self defeating consequences, or it must be fake.
There is no second place. Noone trusts the msm, why use those traitors? They have nothing to offer. JFDI

elementary's picture

Maybe Aaron Swartz did not commit suicide. Maybe he would reveal too much at trial and his father was right, the state killed his son. Why do they always die by "suicide"?

Also, why would Anonymous go after Supreme Court Justices? The Obamacare decision was the final determination as to how corrupt they are. Somebody obviously has a lot of shit on each one. They should be going after more valuable targets, politicians who have better face recognition, more localized judges, media whores who can't get their lips off obama's dick, corporate fucks like Jeff Immelt at GE and T. Boone Pickens, Nestle Corporation, etc.  The masses are too far removed from Supreme Court traitors to truly understand their evil. Personalize it, put a face to it that can be understood by even the most brain-washed Ivy League asshole.

Can we trust Anonymous? Government plant? Full of sound and fury signifying nothing?

Seer's picture

"hey should be going after more valuable targets, politicians who have better face recognition, more localized judges, media whores"

But these are the puppets.

My problem with all this revenge-like producing stuff is that it STILL fails to understand that the ship (of growth) is sinking (and there is no keeping it afloat).  Again, we're spending energy that will accomplish what?  Yeah, I'd like to see them all in prison, but then I'll have to go back to the day-to-day thing in the same world, a world where law will still only be wielded by those with power.

epwpixieq-1's picture

Just a simple statement: US Government does not negotiate with ...  Anonymous (substitute the t-word).

Now, that a "chess" is given, KNOWING that there should be "mate", it looks like is it a fake "shah" otherwise, based on the above widely known statement of the US Government, they should have given "chess-mate" at the same time.

earleflorida's picture

Excerpts:   "The Great Moderation"

1)    "In his 1936 'General Theory', Keynes admitted that the 'monetary authorities' might have difficulty lowering interest rates when the long-term rate of interest was extremely low, as was the case in the 1930's. This is the famous 'liquidity trap' of Keynesian economics. If the rate of interest falls towards zero,Keynes explained, it would be extremely difficult for 'monetary authorities' to lower long-term interest rates further, since all the long-term rates of interest cannot actually fall all the way to zero. At zero interest, there is no incentive for the money capitalists to lend money. They will simply hoard it."

2)     "If, however, it had kept depreciating at the rate at which it was during the 1970's, the dollar would have inevitably lost this role, probably to gold itself. The market would have forced the capitalist world to return to the gold standard. The United States, even more today than was the case in the 1970's, since it is now a debtor not a creditor, is determined to avoid this at almost any cost."

3)      " The one area where capitalism cannot tolerate democracy, especially under a paper money system, is central banking. Democracy -- that is the great majority of the people including even the industrial and commercial capitalist -- would always demand lower interest rates. However, this would destroy the confidence of the money lenders -- money capitalists -- in the currency. If democracy -- even bourgeois democracy -- ever came to central banking, the money capitalist would quickly lose confidence in the currency and dump it for gold -- or at least other currencies issued by independent central banks that are shielded from the democratic process. To avoid this disaster, the central banking system must be kept 'independent' -- that is, shielded completely from any form of democratic control."

end excerpted quotes ___  from --  'A Critique of Crisis Theory'

so, this is what's happening today... choreographed perfectly by the author and, 'TPTB'!!!

Ps. Special thanks go out to maintaining 54k troops in Germany... a CFR and Trilateralist Commission that has 'no boundaries'?

Ps2.  Lest, I forget the mindless war with Iraq, which is now on the precipice of a 'Civil War',... and here at home the 47.5 million people on food-stamps-- with unemployment extended to 73-100 weeks, and 8.6 million receiving disability payments!

I guess for now I'm done? Oh, 'Banning Weapons' from the citizenry,... nice!   

jmo

thankyou Tyler

tony bonn's picture

swartz did not hang himself - he was murdered and you have only guess as to who was behind it....

i want to see this latest release of information from the criminal department of justice....

Wildeyes's picture

key in on UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT BA (ENTER)

Sweet eh and we thought the site was fixed

Posters have all ready figured it though the real hack was Britam

http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2013/01/24/britam-defence-hacked-confidenti...

Chris88's picture

All this group did was deface their website; that's it.  Website defacing started in earnest back in 1996 and just gained steam over the years and is really not a difficult thing to do.  Anybody who believes that there is anything "confidential" on a government website domain is a total moron.  It's going to just contain content for the website itself.  Believe me, I'm the last person to underestimate government stupidity, but they wouldn't leave the stuff on a publicly known domain name server.  

jldpc's picture

The only people with more bullshit per printed inch than the USGovernment is Anonymous. Complain; complain; whine; whine, etc. etc. Is there anyone out there in the whole country who thinks that such plaintiff dribling would sway a policy change by the people in the government? Stupid is as stupid does. Mmoralizing with a heathen is pointless. Not to mention that the requested changes are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO vague and non-specific. Really just a waste of print. You want change; don't beg for it; cause it. Pain the great motivator. Do it; or just STFUP.

newengland's picture

And you are doing what? Whining. Better men are sent to war for your right to choose, and you choose war, so long as it profits your  military industrial complex of central bankster psychopaths.

Anonymous is brave. You are weak. Long live the Republic. One for all. All for one. And to hell with their sleazy brats of modern politics and their puppet master central banksters.