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By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 12:03 GMT, 7 August 2011 The group known as Anonymous today said that it hacked into around 70 law enforcement websites in the United States - a data breach that one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation. The loose-knit international hacking collective posted a cache of data to the Internet early in the day, including emails stolen from officers, tips which appeared to come from members of the public, credit card numbers and other information. Anonymous said it had stolen 10 gigabytes worth of data in retaliation for arrests of its sympathisers in the U.S. and Britain.
By Stephen C. Webster Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:22 EDT A Department of Homeland Security threat assessment released publicly this week labels hackers with the online protest group “Anonymous” as possessing only “rudimentary” hacking skills, calling them “script kiddies” who use exploits created by others to break into secured systems. However, the department warns that a more talented faction of Anonymous hackers, who split off recently to form “LulzSec,” exhibit more “creativity” in their attacks and could become a more serious threat if a “higher-level actor” provided them with “more advanced capabilities.”
Hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec, which had 16 of their alleged members arrested this week in the U.S. by the FBI, don't usually respond to statements written or made about them. But when the FBI's deputy assistant director gave an interview to NPR saying those arrests send "a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable," the hacking collective erupted, with a statement of its own: We are not scared any more.
People of Canada, we are Cananon. As opposed to what you may have seen about Anonymous in the media, we are not hackers. We are people from all walks of life; lawyers, doctors, students, slackers. What we all agree on is the need to defend our freedoms as Canadians and as responsible global citizens.