Anonymous Claims It Hacked Fed, Releases Confidential Banker Information

Tyler Durden's picture

A year and a half ago, when the hacker group Anonymous launched its anti-Bernanke, anti-Fed campaign dubbed Operation Empire State Rebellion (or OpESR), we stated, rhetorically and jokingly, that "perhaps in the aftermath of the IMF "very major breach" by anonymous hackers, it is really time to make sure all external access points to FedWire and FedLine are truly safe and sound. It will be very sad if it is uncovered that this source of externally accessible portal to hundreds of billions in emergency Fed funding has been somehow compromised. Just imagine the loss of confidence in the system... Why, a global distributed attack would really stretch the Fed's 1,200-strong police force quite thin." It appears that either FedWire or FedLine may not have been "truly safe and sound" after all.

Recall that a week ago in retribution for the suicide of Aaron Swartz, Anonymous launched yet another "operation" this time titled "Last Resort", as a result of which it hacked the Department of Justice and released a 1.3 GB folder of still encrypted "warhead" data containing files each named for Supreme Court Justices. And while there has been no additional disclosure on this latest operation, Anonymous may have reverted to the mothballed OpESR, by hacking none other than the Fed.

As ZD reports, last night Anonymous once again hacked a .gov site, this time the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). But it was not the site hacked that was material, but rather what was posted on it. What was posted is an extended data dump sheet, titled "oops we did it again" which lists some 4,606 rows of confidential credential data including titles, names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, logins, password hashes, and much more. The spreadsheet can be found at this link.

And while the data contains primarily B-grade information, with no New York bank disclosure at least on a cursory check, a more important question is where was this data sources. Anonymous itself provides a clue in a tweet from last night:

And judging by the level of detail, it is possible that Anonymous did indeed hack either FedWire or FedLine, although it is just as possible this was merely grabbing root data in some low security regional Fed website.

Anonymous provides some additional information in a further tweet:

In other words, to Anonymous this is merely an escalation of its Anti-DOJ campaign demanding structural changes (good luck) as retribution for the Swartz death. It is unlikely it will get them.

What is curious, however, is if Anonymous really did penetrate one of the Fed's critical money clearing networks, and if indeed it has access to key financial data at the granular, regional bank level. A bigger question then is just how much more Fed-level access does Anonymous have, and will it resort to it as its demands are unmet by the DOJ in the coming days. Or in other words, what else can and will Anonymous release?

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Dr. Engali's picture

Anonymous...the best freind any cyber controlling government could want. Why if I wasn't a suspicious person I would say that Anonymous and those who want to control the net are working hand and hand. Never let a good "crisis" go to waste.

azzhatter's picture

Yeah Dr, this is my fear too. If they have something good just release it. All these threats make it look suspicious to me. If you want to bring somebody down I don't think you tell them in advance

Agent P's picture

I believe the technical term is "bluffing".

Village Smithy's picture

Yes these hacker terrorists are everywhere. We need to buy 7,000 assault rifles for Homeland Security to defend the people with. 

A Nanny Moose's picture

Of course. The government solution = shoot all those rogue 1's and 0's...and the hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, poor people....

Oops was that my outside voice?

ziggy59's picture

Couldnt happen to a nicer F'ed bunch

Bastiat's picture

Offer the whole portfolio at the market.

fonzannoon's picture


Tyler are we back to buying at the european close and selling at the U.S close? Or do we buy at the US Open, Buy again at the European close and add more at the US close? 

Whiteshadowmovement's picture

Just checked with Kev, were going the latter route- down then flat till Europe closes and the rally followed by 330 ramp

eclectic syncretist's picture

It's still to early to call, but today equities look like they've fallen and can't get back up.  Haven't seen that in a while.

101 years and counting's picture

maybe anonymous can hack the NYFed's trading desk and cover all those naked vix calls it sold.  vix to 100 in a few days.

francis_sawyer's picture

Shit ~ If they play their cards right, they can crash the DOW down to 8k... Blame it on Anonymous...  Create the demand to shut down the internet & seize all 401k's to put into 'managed' accounts in the same blow.... A couple carefully crafted 'shooting sprees' along the way & you got yourself a triple whammy... You'll be on the train to Palookaville faster than you can say "Holodomor"...

Whiteshadowmovement's picture

Guys keep it down please, Bloomberg is trying to tell me for the 10th time about the new "hidden billionaire" theyve uncovered in the for of Linsy Torres, heir to In and Out burger.

I cant tell you how much it galls me when they do these "billionaire" segments. Its the softest reporting in the fucking world, just a step above "kitten in a tree" on the local news.

This just in- Zuck just gained a percentage on "bailout" Buffett!

Hey Bloomberg- nobody gives 2 shits about your billionaire index, come up with a new gimmick already!

francis_sawyer's picture

Bloomberg [& friends], WORSHIP money...

11b40's picture

So far, the general public knows little to nothing of Anonymous.  They keep playing around the edges of something ground shaking, but seem unwilling to deliver....or is it unable to deliver?

It seems that they are afraid to actually open the lid to Pandora's Box, and perhaps with good reason.

lakecity55's picture

"I say, Homes, if this gets out, it will doom the Empire."

"Exactly, Doctor."

These guys are playing with fire, if they had anything, they should have dropped the bomb.

I must vote with the concensus. They are some kind of psyop.

A Lunatic's picture

Rip the fucking lid off already!!!!

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Can you say intelligence gathering for protesters and lone wolves to run with....


Also a list of people the prosecutors and truth seekers should be keying in on for criminal actions against the American public. Makes you wonder if they also have to goods on everyone on that list and this is their way of saying do something or else we drop the proof of it and let the vigilantes run wild because you won't do your fucking jobs.

madcows's picture

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.  Go Anonymous!

Silverhog's picture

Anonymous is probably a bunch of high school kids in China. Where's the Beef. 

magpie's picture

Certainly it is 70 to 90 % bluster and propaganda, but the Fed has been successfully hacked several times before.

Never One Roach's picture

DOJ is too busy jailing wall street bankers to bother with this stuff.

Inthemix96's picture

Here anonymous,

Why dont you hack into bernanks personal computer and give the poisened little cunt a massive main voltage heart attack?

Or fill the computer with vile porn and phone the police?  Try something constructive for a change, at least give bernank a fucking electric shock for fucks sake.  (Disclaimer.  I am thick as fuck on a computer so dont ask me.)

Jethro's picture

Putting porn on Bernanke's computer would almost certainly lead lead to an SEC fact, it would be the only way to ensure an SEC investigation.

Overfed's picture

You forgot to say it like this: "investigation".

Jethro's picture

Duly noted.  Thank you!

azzhatter's picture

Wouldn't be surprised if Bernank already has a stash of kiddie porn on his computer. He looks the part

Artful Dodger's picture

According to the Wikipedia link, the "Federal Reserve Police" have the motto "protecting the nation's economy". So they transparently admit it--you know, in a free country there is no such concept as "protecting the nation's economy" other than that implicit in the legal and defense aspect of government. Lol -- does the department of labor have a police force with the motto "protecting the nation's workers", CCCP style? Fucking farce.

Schmuck Raker's picture

"Thank you Masked Man."

Dieselclam's picture

If real and not some agency, these clowns are playing a dangerous game that will net them a long stint in a slammer if/when caught. Government law enforcement types and prosecutors totally lack a sense of humor and will make examples out of anyone caught, much as they intended to do to Schwartz. What I fear is these sophomoric antics escalating to erasing or corrupting data, causing or resuluting in misery for the rest of us via fat Janet's goon squad.

Quinvarius's picture

I think it is called courage.

Vooter's picture

Sounds like "sophomoric antics" to you means "an unwillingness to fall in line."

firstdivision's picture

Anyone know what happened to all the dark fiber that Google bought up post 2000 crash?

Antifaschistische's picture

too bad these guys (sorry ladies, I don't mean to be gender biased) don't have an address I could just mail $100 to for supporting my need for entertainment.


JR's picture

In the world of a tyrant, the anti-tyrant is the hero.

Anonymous is the black swan feared by those who suppress life, liberty and property. It is representative of the “recalcitrant” individual that America’s democratic socialism is silencing as it prepares the way for a broader tyranny. In a contest between Anonymous and the Fed, I root for the former.

Here is how Clarence B. Carson put it:

“Social democrats know how to deal in a variety of ways with recalcitrant individuals.  They can arrest them, deny them favors, send them to prison, or even put them in mental hospitals.

“But they have only one approved way of dealing with groups or collectives, whether these be nations, labor unions, youth organizations, or retirees [read current additional groups of feminists, gays, abortionists, public employees, media monopolies, educators, movie/tv producers..]. That approved way is negotiation.

“The gradualist state does not negotiate with individuals. It makes them conform or suppresses them.

“But groups are not to be suppressed; concessions are to be made to them, and they are to be brought somehow into amiable accord with other collectives…

“They can be and have been enticed to support measures which reduce everyman’s liberty by collectivizing responsibility. That way lies tyranny…”

Think the welfare constituencies of the evolutionary socialist Democrat Party; the warfare constituencies of the evolutionary socialist Republican Party – combined now into one.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

And this is where people can truely start to assert what I call collective indivdualism. Maybe people need to get out and protest at all the addresses on that list. Unions do this all the time when they strike, they park 10 - 20 people in front of major managers, CEO etc. home addresses. It has to be small and decentralized in nature and also videotaped to insure the safety of the protesters. If they just focus on the individuals for criminality and keep it to the theme of justice and don't break the laws while doing it, that will work much better than the OWS as far as public support goes. Clear well defined objectives make for clarity and ease of understanding for the low information crowd, a lesson that should have been learned from the OWS protests. Forget about the media if you make sure it is videotaped and streaming on the internet 24/7 that ensures truth. It is up to the protesters exercise self control as to not discredit point being made. I guarantee if someone has the goods on the people on that list that information will find it's way down to the protesters level to be used to focus the pressure on being exerted on these scumbags. You need to give the law enforcement aka prosecutors every opportunity to right the ship first before taking more extreme measures. This is just one way to do it by having the rubber meet the road.

The methods are in line with Aaron Shwartz idea of open information and truth and basic libertarian principles.


In a rule of law when the law is not applied equally where classes of people are exempt, just ask Lanny boy, individuals need to put pressure on those in charge of ensuring the rule of law to do their fucking job, within the existing laws at first...

JR's picture

Collective individualism. I like that. It reminds me of the gun anti-grab movement – an instant swell of individuals collectively opposing mainly the actions of two individuals, Diane Feinstein and Barack Obama, who personified tyranny in the mind of each freedom-loving individual.

So far, this collective individualism has resulted in both Arizona and Wyoming passing Anti-Federal Gun Grab Laws that would restrict gun owners from having access to semiautomatic guns and high capacity magazines.

Included in Wyoming’s “legislation was an amendment that classified any attempt by federal agents to enforce federal gun control mandates as a felony.”

Wherever collective individualism grows, we've got ourselves a movement.

IamtheREALmario's picture

Last week, I woke up in a cold sweat (not really a cold sweat, just confusion) with the words Hegelian Dialectic running over and over in my mind. .... Now that is some fancy mind control folks if I can be targeted when I am out of town with a somewhat esoteric and yet very apropos concept.

While I had heard the phrase before, the definition did not immediately come to mind ... even though the phrase repeated about 50 times in my mind in my half asleep state.

Simply put, the Hegelian Dialectic is two opposing concepts or forces that are only resolved by going to a higher level that is above the two opposing concepts or forces. We cannot seemingly cure the divided state of humanity by making one side win and one side lose. This belief keeps us constantly divided and struggling against ourselves. We can only resolve it by either not playing the game at all or agreeing on a higher level concept or force that supersedes the dialectic.

While this might not seem immediately helpful, what it does tell us is that rooting for democrats or republican, christians or muslims, anonymous or the DoJ is ultimately futile and simpy propagates the dialectic. To grow out of this stage we must make the dialectic irrelevant. Maybe we can only do that for ourselves ... but it would be kool if all humanity could do it.

tip e. canoe's picture

To grow out of this stage we must make the dialectic irrelevant.

jah mon

Jumbie's picture

"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."

- Albert Einstein

Jethro's picture

"If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" - Will Rogers

Grinder74's picture

Always two there are, a master and an apprenctice.

john milton's picture

Oh.. and according the news Iran's Ahmadinejad is willing to be the first Iranian in space.. i really would like to see WilliamBanzai's view from this

Dr. No's picture

The good news is, if there was any money stolen, they can just print more.