Hackers Post Private Data From More Than 4,000 U.S. Bank Executives


By Michael Kelley

Hackers affiliated with Anonymous seem to have published information from more than 4,000 American bank executive accounts on a government website last night, Violet Blue of ZDNet reports.

The alleged hack is part of its new "Operation Last Resort" campaign, which defaced two .gov websites last week to protest the prosecution of hacktivist Aaron Swartz.

The hackers are calling for reform of U.S. computer crime law (specifically the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) after Swartz, 26, committed suicide on January 11 in the midst of an aggressive prosecution for allegedly downloading millions of academic articles from JSTOR.

The hackers published a spreadsheet on the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center website that appears to contain login information, credentials, IP addresses, and contact information of current American bank executives.

An account associated with Anonymous tweeted:

Blue notes that the banker information could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, which host the primary U.S. network for high value, time-critical and international payments (called Fedline).

Last weekend hackers took background control of multiple .gov sites as they turned the U.S. Sentencing Commission website and the U.S. Probation Office for the state of Michigan website into games of asteroids.

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