Breach, Data Security, Threat Management

Anonymous hijacked the Syria emails released by WikiLeaks

Anonymous has taken credit for hacking computer systems to yield 2.4 million emails on Syrian politicians, ministries, and government-connected companies. The emails, dubbed the "Syria Files," were released last week by whistleblowing site WikiLeaks. They are said to "shine a light" on the "inner workings" of the repressive Assad regime in Syria, where violence has escalated into a civil war. "So large was the data available to be taken, and so great was the danger of detection (especially for the members of Anonymous Syria, many of whom are 'in country') that the downloading of this data took several additional weeks," said a Friday statement from the hacking collective, long a staunch ally of WikiLeaks.

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