Fed Confirms It Was Hacked By Anonymous

Tyler Durden's picture

As was reported on Monday, among the numerous files hacked and leaked in the past week by the Hacker group Anonymous was a database of some 4606 regional bankers together with copious amounts of confidential information, which according to Anonymous' twitter account was sourced at the very Federal Reserve, which in turn would imply that the Fed itself had been hacked.

It would also imply that our rhetorical suggestion from nearly two years ago had actually been taken seriously by Anonymous. To wit, from March 2011: "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." Moments ago the Fed confirmed that it had, indeed, been hacked by Anonymous.

From Reuters:

The Federal Reserve said on Tuesday that one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.


The admission, which raises questions about cyber security at the Fed, follows a claim that hackers linked to the activist group Anonymous had struck the Fed on Sunday, accessing personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives, which it published on the Web.


"The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Fed spokeswoman said.


"Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system," the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted.

While it appears that neither FedWire nor FedLine had been hacked, an internal database containing highly confidential login, and various other, information for at least some Fed-related services had indeed been compromised.

The Fed declined to identify which website had been hacked. But information that it provided to bankers indicated that the site, which was not public, was a contact database for banks to use during a natural disaster.


The website's purpose is to allow bank executives to update the Fed if their operations have been flooded or otherwise damaged in a storm or other disaster. That helps the Fed to assess the overall impact of the event on the banking system.

Which in turn means the two most critical, externally-accessible money clearing websites in all of the developed world, remain possible security threats.

As for the contents of the leaked database which was removed from its original resting place in yet another hacked DOJ server, they can still be found in one of the various mirrors created in the aftermath of Sunday night's hack, such as this one.

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TruthInSunshine's picture

It's time for Anonymous to put up or shut up, lest they become the boy who cryed wolf.

Truly damning, verifiable info on top Fed officials is required in order for them to redeem their creds as what they purport to be.

fonzannoon's picture

Fed officials verify they were hacked by the straw man they set up to hack themselves and release secret info that fed officials are aware that there is more physical gold stored than what is kept on record. Therefore there is no need to audit since the hackers have exposed that info.

flacon's picture

Free Jon Corzine! Oh... I mean Julian Assange.... 

BLOTTO's picture

Fed 'confirms'...thank goodness the fed 'confirmed it.'


What to believe...what to believe?


Psych-ops to hit hard on the internet...


a true good force?

tsx500's picture

Hey "Anonymous" ..... show me the money  !

Say What Again's picture

I would like to see them hack the News Feeds.


Just think what a few "manufactured" headlines might do to the HFT Robots!!!

...PS -- And while you're at it, can you take a look at www.traddr.com

trav777's picture

who cares about these freakin geeks?

Things don't change until people start getting hacked...UP.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Trav, geeks have tremendous power given the infrastructure of modern day commerce, finance, espionage, etc.

But Anonymous has yet to make good on a single one of their claims and it's wearing thin.

Troll Magnet's picture

A false flag operation to further curtail what little freedom and privacy we have left.

Fuck off, Anonymous. And you too, Assange.

Dieselclam's picture

A list of bankers personal info is useless. If these guys were out to do something to raise hell, they would inject stuxnet into the printing press controllers or the building's power controllers, frying all of the wiring or they would find the files on secret executive orders and publish them.
Thus far, they have proven themselves to be bright, robin hood mentality whiners who are showing off. Why bother?

Spigot's picture

I can guaran-damn-tee you that this in no way was a trivial breach. Passwords? Shee-it, that stuff does not get got. Not on today's systems. You password becomes a ginormous hashed number, its never stored in readable form, AND to get to the servers that do the authentication and rights management is almost preposterous.  And this was what they were willing to ADMIT to the public, mind you. So sorry Charlie but they were massively pwnd! outright. I understand from sources that nation-wide there has been a significant uptick in probes which have information only the FED had.

Now, riddle me this, Batman, what number of system administrators across the globe are going to report that they can guarantee that the FedWire et al publicly acknowledged breach (and who in hell knows what the REAL story is), is of no security concern to his management?? the number is very very very small...like NONE.

So, ya think they are going to want to continue those connections???

I'm thinkin', maybe there's a shit load of midnight oil being burned right now.

GetZeeGold's picture



I'm sure the Fed will publish what got hacked....cause those guys won't.


Welcome to the mind screw.


eclectic syncretist's picture

Very astute observations Spigot.  I wonder if the Berstank's or other criminal banksters immediate schedules have been suddenly altered in the wake of this.  If so it might give an indication of the level of seriousness involved. 

Certainly the extent of collusion in illegally manipulating every possible aspect of the world economy for the benefit of a few at the expense of all would be of some interest.

Spigot's picture

As far as I've seen top tier management has no clue as to any of this other than a media black eye. IMO watch for other news about cracking financial systems. IMF crack was known in the past 12 months. Various bank and CC systems with trojans which operated for months or longer before discovery. Target rich environment fer ser.

goldenbuddha454's picture

Was I the only one thinking someone hacked the Superdome power grid during the Superbowl?

Dieselclam's picture

Was I the only one thinking someone hacked the Superdome power grid during the Superbowl? No.

DOT's picture

A list of the home addresses of Federal Judges and Magistrates might be "helpful".

SamAdams's picture

It does appear suspicious:

  1. Why show your cards if you are Anonymous and you just hacked the FED?
  2. If you have that info, why wouldn't you use it to dig deeper?
  3. Why would the FED, a most secure and top secret national entity, confirm a breach of its security?  (i used the term "national" loosely)
  4. Why is it that contact information of critical players is absent? 

I'm probably just being hyper-critical.  I'm sure this has nothing to do with the shadow government wanting to shutdown the truth/dissent movement.

Shizzmoney's picture

Right.  Their "holding orgs feet to the fire" campaigns do well......but we nee dsubstance from their leaks.

They need to focus on "leaking it all" - leak emails, leak texts, who cares about names and phone numbers.

They are anarchists however....organization is not it's strongsuit.

tr1ck5t3r's picture

Now the residential locations of key individuals are known attention will shift to these locations as an attack vector.

TraderTimm's picture

Geeks enabled whitebread bigots like you to spew your bile. At least show some respect where its due. Or just go back to watching sports and lite beer commercials.

agrotera's picture

...or the money they launder is squeaky clean and they need a big scapegoat while the main owners drift into the sunset for their next big heist....taxing breathing and making a market for carbon credits to frontrun.

Cadavre's picture

It's all bullshit - every fucking lamestream repeater fax cooing like a Mockingbird that just got dry banged by Tiny Turbo Timmies' limp dicked cockateal who spends most of his days trying to hatch a pair of golf balls that Maurice, Timmies' "tea time wart masseur", plucked into the cage in a momentary inter-species-charity-rut while he was on the way to the potty to shit the residuals of Tiny Timmies' last playful unwinding and rectal drool of another low volume pump `n dump load of thin stale tuna sauce in the "shallow" double secrets of Maurice's cloaca.

And it's always the media queen bad guys, like always ready on a dime made for primetime and gullible mob identifiable mist of a PR flabbergast mnemonic like AL KADA, err,the very famous Annonymous. Anonymous is a Cy-op - this moments emanual goldstein or, to some, a fraggle rock gaggle of nerdy super heros out to save the world so they can enjoy the next version of iPhone.. 

Feed some depressed cause the mohel left him nothing, NOTHING, a bucket of ThisWillMAkeItEasierForYouTOAcceptTheFactYouAreDiclessPandarax. That long named drug has a "common" name, "invisible thread". Give an adolescent dickless a bucket Glandcraxtase, with his Bagel and Gaza cut of veal and the keys to the UZI cab with the "life takers" paw brought back from Israel. The "Paw" had a string a 21 Palestinian ears - an enduring heirloom 4-sure!

Jews and Israelis don't give granny towel head in Gaza a DU enema hard dripped out the 155mm bore of an American comped Abrams.

Murderers and sure bet the gardener is the real father of their children dickless wonders give granny towel head in Gaza a DU enema hard dripped out the 155mm bore of an American comped Abrams.

When ya grow up and the only thing momie dearest says is, "Don't let it bother you, everybody hates you because you are better than they are ... err .. well except what fate and the mohel's overbite stole from you at uncle Sully's annual pig bris when you were 3 days old."

Problem - all this BS is getting old - deep down inside our public sector employed politico's brain rectum there's like a a little room where they have thought farts - well in that little room the pre-schoolers pimp is telling them if this dullingly "Anonymous" Cyber-Psy-Op shtick do get the re-run rattings tell em this:

1) Duck tape.

2) You're scared shit-less of fucking box cutters.

3) Ben did nine slash `leven despite the fact the MIB can't get enough evidence to indict him.

3) Seal Team Six Killed someone who looked exactly like one of the bens back when.

4) That "someone" was buried at sea (was Ben a sailer?).

5) That "someone's" DNA was tested at a "One Hour DNA Analysis Boutique" in a WalMart parking lot 5 exits south of Lahore. By cracky - proof positive ST-6 did the dirty deed - this calls for a movie.

6) Seal Team 6, the dudes and duddettes of the lame stream was a choking the collective like coupon night at the bathhouse, unfortunately died in an unfortunate helicopter crash - it always the hereos lost to foul play - like that quarter back - debra palfrey - john kelly - vince foster - the joker in the first batman.

7) The Kong attacked us - well thats what I heard ...

Money out of air, the Alchemy that turns blood to gold and Americans accept murder, theft of the commons treasure, extortion, fraud, genocide soze they can get a "no worries" eve dose of "Jersey Shores" reruns - fuck twads!

IT'S ALL BULLSHIT - them dorks been shooting them low iodine blanks since forever - don't rouse em - it will sour their meet.

Why is our esteemed AG pretending he has the goods on S and P. Cause they're gonna downgrade us again and cause he can do it on our dime -what a limp dick runner Ken doll our Ag grew up to be..

The Toilet - Al Kada - Libyan Rebel Army - Idi Amin - Syrian Rebel Army - Vlad the Impaler - the IRS, the FED, and any Emanuel Goldstein you choose
from the zat buck of on "call" boogie mysts ta rut us up in a brownie towel head MDK burning frenzy, to the organ grinder gysipy offshoots of the whiches brew cooked up by zat zany multi generation crime family (dress british - think yiddish!) monikered as the WZO, London Shadow Bankers, War, The Theology of Wealth and the best ever market loss leader to white phosphor the skinny brown towel heads - brought to you by the kings of mens and mostest divinier than thou dick-less mobsters who made the presence to history when they showed themselves at Balfour.

Since 2000, the USD has lost 60% of it's exchange value. The Sto ck Indexes are inflation indexes. the repeal of glass-steeg allowed sovereigns to become commodities  and derivative bets morphed from risk insurance to an investment. The bailout could have paid off all the outstanding mortgages in the US and 90% of US credit card debt.

Anything ones dull eyed GMO saturated polyunsaturated poisoned reamining 2 or 3 nerve cells will pay attention to is a pig `n a poke will start the fog machine and re-angle the mirror..

THey're scared shitless - there're already dickless - and when this is all over we're gonna miss having dim wit fat twits around for a little leisure beheading now and then. THey're food - treat them gently.

SamAdams's picture

Pretty good tirade, lots of truth buried under all the language.  Hopefully, bankers taste like chicken...

Lore's picture

Re: "lots of truth buried under all the language."

There are some good points, but as you say, one is reminded of the sweetness of succinctness.

Freddie's picture

Anony-mouse is Operation Mockingbird 2.0.   More smoke and mirrors like O-TV and O-Hollywood.  F them all.

Show us some real meat if you are real.  My guess is it is all BS.

AE911Truth's picture

We still need an audit (and perhaps evidence from a court case) to determine who actually owns all that gold.


FEDbuster's picture

They should prove their "hacking skills" by providing a debt Jubilee for all the citizens of the world.  Maybe then "Anonymous" has a shot at Time's Man of the Year. 

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

If we really want a debt jubilee we have to prove we want it by ALL doing it and forcing it regardless of what our rone-ree fear-ress leaders want.

john39's picture

why bother with a debt jubilee, leaving the criminals in control, when the people have the guillotine?

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Tell you what, you can call it the Jubilee Guillotine & I think we're ready to get started!


FEDbuster's picture

Hack away the debt and their heads, I like it.

trav777's picture

you do understand that the nation is in serious debt to seniors to the tune of trillions, right?

So gramma's little SS pension vaporizes in jubilee, along with everyone on a fixed income.

SoundMoney45's picture

That is inherent in a ponzi scheme.  

Cdad's picture

Correct.  Ask GM bondholders of yore.  This remains an open and weeping wound in this country.

FEDbuster's picture

Grandma and Grandpa should have bought gold and silver, instead of participating in the ponzi for a couple of point return.  Maybe the National Debt should remain intact, just wipe out personal debts?

mkucstars's picture

Do you assume grandma would be allowed to go hungry if the government does not provide? No, not my grandma. Mom either. Oh how I wish this government would go belly up bankrupt and allow us to start over again, and grandma agrees. So does mom.

mkucstars's picture

Do you assume grandma would be allowed to go hungry if the government does not provide? No, not my grandma. Mom either. Oh how I wish this government would go belly up bankrupt and allow us to start over again, and grandma agrees. So does mom.

RichardP's picture

It is always morph; never start over.

mkucstars's picture

Do you assume grandma would be allowed to go hungry if the government does not provide? No, not my grandma. Mom either. Oh how I wish this government would go belly up bankrupt and allow us to start over again, and grandma agrees. So does mom.

kill switch's picture

Rinse and repeat,,,,,hey you got 11 up arrows so far across three posts without a difference...Good work son.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

They can still Ctrl+p. besides, those victims are already baked into the ponzi cake.

Ayn NY's picture

Yes it's everyone under 55.

Missiondweller's picture

Begin "Operation Mayhem"

We have to destroy the Federal Reserve in order to "save it"