On Friday, AnonymousIRC tweeted it was Happy Hacker Independence Day and dumped information from IRC Federal, a contractor for the FBI and other government agencies, to celebrate their holiday with a F**k FBI Friday. The hacktivists claimed to have "laid nuclear waste to their systems, owning their pathetic windows box, dropping their databases and private emails." The attack was waged against IRC Federal because of the company's record of "selling out their 'skills' to the US empire."
According to the Pastebin post, the members of Anonymous who are involved in the AntiSec hacking campaign were able to gain initial access to IRC Federal by using a SQL injection attack. The Pastebin statement was decorated with an ASCII art mushroom cloud and claims to have found internal data for various government agencies including:
a proposal for the FBI to develop a "Special Identities Modernization (SIM) Project" to "reduce terrorist and criminal activity by protecting all records associated with trusted individuals and revealing the identities of those individuals who may pose serious risk to the United States and its allies". We also found fingerprinting contracts for the DOJ, biometrics development for the military, and strategy contracts for the "National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Weapons Complex".
According to the New York Times, a spokesperson for IRC Federal said, "We reported it to the authorities, and otherwise we have no comment." The FBI declined to comment.
The IRC Federal site is down, but its customers include many federal agencies like the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, NASA, the Navy and the Army. On a cached copy of the IRC Federal site, under Our Capabilities and We Take Pride In Our Work, it states, "IRC Federal is committed to serving government customers on programs of strategic national importance. IRC Federal is a key participant in numerous Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and civilian agency initiatives."
Additionally IRC Federal Corporate Overview claimed, "Our engineers and specialists have built web and Internet security solutions since the earliest beginnings of the World Wide Web." Can you say ouch? I'd imagine the company's IT department is swamped with overtime this weekend.
Anonymous also said of the hack:
If you place any value on freedom, then stop working for the oligarchy and start working against it. Stop aiding the corporations and a government which uses unethical means to corner vast amounts of wealth and proceed to flagrantly abuse their power. Together, we have the power to change this world for the better.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 107MB torrent on The Pirate Bay includes the entire trove of this newest dumped data. Here is a partial screenshot of the Pastebin statement:
This is the second attack on an FBI partner site. The first attack came from LulzSec and took down InfraGard which partners with the FBI to share security information.
AnonymousIRC tweeted an image to show a "fraction of what we decided to not publish." Another tweet revealed a look into the "DoE Procurement System." Anonymous says, "The Internet is ours and you're not gonna take it back from us. Please also realize that we are not your enemy but your citizens. #AntiSec."