Anonymous: Hey, We Just Hacked NATO!

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Anonymous, the hacker hive behind attacks on Sony, the Church of Scientology and various international governments has apparently trained its crosshairs on NATO, the military-minded North Atlantic Treaty Organization composed of the United States and multiple European countries. The group claims it managed to hack into NATO computers and abscond with reams of data, some of which it’s already posted online.

“We are sitting on about one Gigabyte of data from NATO now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible. But Oh NATO….” tweeted Anonymous Thursday morning.

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Shortly thereafter, the group posted a link to a PDF document titled “NATO Restricted,” dated January 2008 and subtitled “Outsourcing of Balkans CIS Support.” The 10-page document seems to be an overview of the logistics involved in seeking authorization to outsource “Balkans CIS operations and maintenance (O&M) support.”

Anonymous claims it managed to break into NATO using a technique employed in several recent hack attacks by both it and the hacker group LulzSec.

“Yes, #NATO was breached,” wrote Anonymous. “And we have lots of restricted material. With some simple injection. In the next days, wait for interesting data.”

A second “unclassified” PDF was released in in the last hour, titled “Security Within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).”

There’s also some teasing by the group: “Hi NATO. Yes we haz more of your delicious data. You wonder where from? No hints, your turn. You call it war; we laugh at your battleships.

From suddenly silent second-stringers (per the rise of hacker rivals LulzSec) to today’s headline-grabbing international security breach, it sounds like Anonymous is back, though today’s release comes as the F.B.I. claimed on Wednesday that it arrested 14 members of the group.

Anonymous’s response? “Dear FBI: You cannot arrest an idea. The more you arrest, the louder we’ll roar. We are not scared anymore. We, the people, silent no more.”

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