Timeline of cyber attacks associated with Anonymous

Anonymous is a decentralized international activist and hacktivist collective and movement. Originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an "anarchic", digitized "global brain" or "hivemind".

2006-12-20 13:22:20

Hal Turner raid

Turner stated that in December 2006 and January 2007 individuals who identified themselves as members of the group Anonymous took Turner's website offline, costing him thousands of dollars in bandwidth bills. Claim: 1. § 501. Infringement of copyright 2. § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers 3. Common Law Fraud 4. Wire fraud Parties: Plaintiff: Harold Charles' "Hal" Turner Defendants: 4CHAN.ORG, 7CHAN.ORG, EBAUMSWORLD.COM, NEXISONLINE.NET, ABJECTS.COM Otcome: The judge dismissed the case in December 2007.

2007-12-07 18:54:23

Chris Forcand arrest

In December of 2007, internet predator Chris Forcand was arrested and charged with luring two children under the age of 14 into sexual acts. Forcand, who was 53 years old at the time, was caught by members of Anonymous that were posing as children to collect evidence against child molesters. After collecting various logs of overtly sexual chats as well as pictures of Forcand that were supposedly revealing in nature, the members contacted the authorities, who in turn investigated and eventually arrested him. The Toronto Sun reported and confirmed that Anonymous was part of the reason he was picked up. Forcand is believed to still be in jail at this time.

2007-12-07 18:54:23

Project Chanology

On January 14, 2008, a video produced by the Church featuring an interview with Tom Cruise was leaked to the Internet and uploaded to YouTube. The Church of Scientology issued a copyright violation claim against YouTube requesting the removal of the video. In response to this, Anonymous formulated Project Chanology. Calling the action by the Church of Scientology a form of Internet censorship, members of Project Chanology organized a series of denial-of-service attacks against Scientology websites, prank calls, and black faxes to Scientology centers. On January 21, 2008, individuals claiming to speak for Anonymous announced their goals and intentions via a video posted to YouTube entitled "Message to Scientology" and a press release declaring a "War on Scientology" against both the Church of Scientology and the Religious Technology Center. In the press release, the group states that the attacks against the Church of Scientology will continue in order to protect the right to freedom of speech and end what they believe to be the financial exploitation of church members. A new video "Call to Action" appeared on YouTube on January 28, 2008, calling for protests outside Church of Scientology centers on February 10, 2008. On February 2, 2008, 150 people gathered outside of a Church of Scientology center in Orlando, Florida to protest the organization's practices. On February 10, 2008, about 7000 people protested in more than 93 cities worldwide. Anonymous held a second wave of protests on March 15, 2008 in cities all over the world, including Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, and Dublin. The global turnout was estimated to be "between 7000 and 8000", a number similar to that of the first wave. The third wave of protests took place on April 12, 2008. Attack type: denial-of-service attacks, prank calls, black faxes Claim: 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A)(i), (B)(i): Unauthorized Impairment Of A Protected Computer Defendant: Dmitriy Guzner Charges: 1. to pay an assessment of $100 pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3013 2. to pay restitution pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 3663 et seq.

2008-03-28 16:14:02

Epilepsy Foundation forum invasion

On March 28, 2008, Wired News reported that "Internet griefers"—a slang term for people whose only interests are in harassing others—assaulted an epilepsy support forum run by the Epilepsy Foundation of America. JavaScript code and flashing computer animations were posted to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in people with photosensitive or pattern-sensitive epilepsy. According to Wired News, circumstantial evidence suggested that the attack was perpetrated by Anonymous users, with the initial attack posts on the epilepsy forum blaming eBaum's World. Members of the epilepsy forum claimed they had found a thread in which the attack was being planned at 7chan.org, an imageboard that has been described as a stronghold for Anonymous. The thread, like all old threads eventually do on these types of imageboards, has since cycled to deletion. The Tech Herald reported that when the attack began, posts referenced multiple groups, including Anonymous. The report attributes the attack to a group named "The Internet Hate Machine" (a reference to the KTTV Fox 11 news report), who claim to be part of Anonymous, but are not the same faction that are involved in the campaign against Scientology. Some Anonymous participants of Project Chanology suggest that the perpetrators are Internet users who merely remained anonymous in the literal sense, and thus had no affiliation with the larger anti-Scientology efforts attributed to Anonymous. During an interview with CNN, Scientologist Tommy Davis accused Anonymous of hacking into the Epilepsy Foundation website to make it display imagery intended to cause epileptic seizures. Interviewer John Roberts contended the FBI said that it "found nothing to connect this group Anonymous (with these actions)," and that it also has "no reason to believe that these charges will be leveled against this group." The response was that the matter was on the hands of local law enforcement and that there were ongoing investigations.

2008-06-23 16:14:02

Defacement of SOHH and AllHipHop websites

late June 2008, users who identified themselves as Anonymous claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against the SOHH (Support Online Hip Hop) website. The attack was reported to have begun in retaliation for insults made by members of SOHH's "Just Bugging Out" forum against members of Anonymous. The attack against the website took place in stages, as Anonymous users flooded the SOHH forums, which were then shut down. On June 23, 2008, the group which identified themselves as Anonymous organized DDoS attacks against the website, successfully eliminating 60% of the website's service capacity. On June 27, 2008, the hackers utilized cross-site scripting to deface the website's main page with satirical Nazi images and headlines referencing numerous racial stereotypes and slurs, and also successfully stole information from SOHH employees.Following the defacement, the website was temporarily shut down by its administration. AllHipHop, an unrelated website, also had its forum raided. Attack type: DDOs attack

2008-09-24 00:40:55

Sarah Palin email hack

The Sarah Palin email hack occurred on September 16, 2008, during the 2008 United States presidential election campaign when vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin's, Yahoo! personal email account was subjected to unauthorized access. The hacker, David Kernell, obtained access to Palin's account by looking up biographical details, such as her high school and birthdate, and using Yahoo!'s account recovery for forgotten passwords. Charges: identity theft, wire fraud, and anticipatory obstruction of justice; and one optional as felony or misdemeanor: intentionally accessing an account without authorization Found guilty: the felony of anticipatory obstruction of justice and the misdemeanor of unauthorized access to a computer.

2009-03-26 15:33:16

Attacks on government websites

On 26 March 2009, the Australian Classification Board’s website, http://www.classification.gov.au/, was attacked by the Internet group Anonymous, automatically redirecting visitors to a page on the same site with a message mocking censorship efforts with the text: This site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ. The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an ELABORATE TRICK), but also the right to DECIDE WHAT IS AND ISNT APPROPRIATE and BAN CONTENT FROM THE PUBLIC. We are part of an ELABORATE DECEPTION from CHINA to CONTROL AND SHEEPIFY the NATION, to PROTECT THE CHILDREN. All opposers must HATE CHILDREN, and therefore must be KILLED WITH A LARGE MELONS during the PROSECUTION PARTIES IN SEPTEMBER. Come join our ALIEN SPACE PARTY.

2009-06-14 15:33:16

2009 Iranian election protests

Following allegations of vote rigging after the results of the June 2009 Iranian presidential election were announced, declaring Iran's incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner, thousands of Iranians participated in demonstrations. Anonymous, together with The Pirate Bay and various Iranian hackers, launched an Iranian Green Movement Support site called Anonymous Iran. The site has drawn over 22,000 supporters worldwide and allows for information exchange between the world and Iran, despite attempts by the Iranian government to censor news about the riots on the internet. The site provides resources and support to Iranians who are protesting.

2009-06-14 15:33:16

Operation Didgeridie

In September 2009, the group reawakened "in order to protect civil rights" after several governments began to block access to its imageboards. The blacklisting of Krautchan.net in Germany infuriated many, but the tipping point was the Australian government's plans for ISP-level censorship of the internet. The policy was spearheaded by Stephen Conroy and had been driven aggressively by the Rudd Government since its election in 2007. Attack type: DDOs attack

2010-02-10 12:34:17

Operation Titstorm

On 10 February 2010, the Parliament of Australia's website, www.aph.gov.au, was attacked by Anonymous once again. The attacks included distributed denial of service, black faxes, prank calls and spam emails. The attacks commenced at 12 midnight local time and the website was down for over two days. The attack, named "Operation Titstorm" is reportedly in defiance of the government's banning of small-breasted women and female ejaculation in pornography. The group called for physical media to be distributed to members of the Australian Labor Party as well as assaulting email addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers with spam and pornographic images that were in the categories to which were going to be filtered by the government's policy. Australian anti-censorship groups complained that the attack only hurt their cause, and Australian government members dismissed the attack and said that they would just restore the service when the attack finished.

2010-07-15 12:34:17

Oregon Tea Party raid

In July 2010, there was a reaction to the use of one of Anonymous' slogans by the Oregon Tea Party. The Party's Facebook page was flooded with image macro and flames. Within a few hours, the Tea Party posted a message saying "Anonymous: We appreciate your resources and admire your tactics. You have taught us more than you know. As requested, we are no longer using the 'anonymous' quote." Following this raid, the Party's Facebook page was removed, and its Ning page limited to member-only access.

2010-09-17 12:34:17

Operation Payback

Operation Payback is a series of DDoS attacks organized by users of 4chan’s /b/ (random) board that started on September 17th, 2010 against major entertainment industry websites such as the websites for the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America. The attacks began September 19th, 2010, and have continued unabated for over one month. Attack type: DDOs attacks Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2010-12-01 06:12:33

Operation Leakspin

Operation: Leakspin was conceived by Anonymous, with the purpose of sorting through recent WikiLeaks releases to identify and raise awareness of potentially important and previously overlooked cables. Attack type: DDOs Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2010-12-01 12:34:17

Operation Avenge Assange

n December 2010, the document archive website WikiLeaks (used by whistleblowers) came under intense pressure to stop publishing secret United States diplomatic cables. In response, Anonymous announced its support for WikiLeaks, and Operation Payback changed its focus to support WikiLeaks and launched DDoS attacks against Amazon, PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and the Swiss bank PostFinance, in retaliation for perceived anti-WikiLeaks behavior. This second front in the December offensive was performed under the codename Operation Avenge Assange. Due to the attacks, both MasterCard and Visa's websites were brought down on December 8.A threat researcher at PandaLabs said Anonymous also launched an attack which brought down the Swedish prosecutor's website when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London and refused bail in relation to extradition to Sweden. Attack type: DDOs attack Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2010-12-12 06:12:33


Sites belonging to the Ministry of Industry and the Tunisian Stock Exchange were amongst seven targeted by the Anonymous group. Other sites have been defaced for what the group calls "an outrageous level of censorship" in the country. The group also recently targeted the websites of the Zimbabwean government. Attack type: DDOs Law: Protection of Personal Data from 2004

2011-01-09 22:54:57

Arab Spring activities

During the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Egyptian government websites, along with the website of the ruling National Democratic Party, were hacked into and taken offline by Anonymous. The sites remained offline until President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Law: Law No. 175 of 2018 Regarding Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes.

2011-01-09 22:54:57

Attack on Fine Gael website

The website of Irish opposition party Fine Gaels has been hacked, revealing the personal data of 2,000 supporters. Law: Section 2 of Offences relating to Information Systems Act 2017

2011-02-05 22:54:57

Attack on HBGary Federal

February 5–6, 2011, Aaron Barr, the chief executive of the security firm HBGary Federal, announced that his firm had successfully infiltrated the Anonymous group, and although he would not hand over details to the police, he would reveal his findings at a later conference in San Francisco. In retaliation for Aaron Barr's claims, members of the group Anonymous hacked the website of HBGary Federal and replaced the welcome page with a message stating that Anonymous should not be messed with, and that the hacking of the website was necessary to defend itself. Using a variety of techniques, including social engineering and SQL injection, Anonymous also went on to take control of the company's e-mail, dumping 68,000 e-mails from the system, erasing files, and taking down their phone system. The leaked emails revealed the reports and company presentations of other companies in computer security such as Endgame systems who promise high quality offensive software, advertising "subscriptions of $2,500,000 per year for access to 0day exploits". Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers Attack type: social engineering and SQL injection

2011-02-16 22:54:57

Operation Ouroboros

On February 16, 2011, the group supposedly wrote an open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church, stating: "Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011... close your public Web sites. Should you ignore this warning... the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover."On February 19, 2011, the church responded, telling Anonymous to "bring it on" and calling them, among other things, "a puddle of pimple-faced nerds". Anonymous subsequently denied the authenticity of the threat, suggesting that someone from outside Anonymous had made the posting.

2011-02-27 22:54:57

2011 Wisconsin protests

On February 27, 2011, Anonymous announced a new attack on Koch Industries as a response to the Wisconsin protests. Between 1997 and 2008, David and Charles Koch collectively gave more than $17 million to groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Citizens United, lobbying against unions. The Kochs are one of (Republican) Governor Walker's largest corporate supporters.nonymous accused the brothers of attempting "to usurp American Democracy" and called for a boycott of all Koch Industries products. Attack type: DDOs Law:18 U.S.C.A. § 1030

2011-03-14 22:54:57

2011–2012 Operation Empire State Rebellion

On March 14, 2011, the group Anonymous began releasing emails it said were obtained from Bank of America. According to the group, the files show evidence of "corruption and fraud", and relate to the issue of improper foreclosures. Attack type: DDOs Relevant law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2011-04-02 12:34:17

Attack to Sony

On April 2, 2011, Anonymous launched an attack on the media giant Sony, named #opsony, as a part of Operation Payback. Anonymous claims the attack a success after they took down the PlayStation Network and other related PlayStation Websites. Anonymous' actions also included personal harassment of employees and their families. The PlayStation Network subsequently has had lengthy outages, although Anonymous claims that this is not due to any officially sanctioned action on their part, but may be due to sub-groups of Anonymous. Attack type: DDOs Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2011-06-12 22:54:57

Operation India

The group has come out in support of a civil movement against corruption in India. Anonymous (or a group claiming to be part of Anonymous) defaced two websites under the National Informatics Center domain. Attck type: DDOs Relevant Law: The Information Technology Act (2000)

2011-06-12 22:54:57

Spanish Police

On June 12, 2011, there was a DDoS attack on the website of the Spanish Police, starting at 21:30 GMT. Anonymous claimed responsibility the following day, stating that the attack was a "direct response to the Friday arrests of three individuals alleged to be associated with acts of cyber civil disobedience attributed to Anonymous." The site was down for approximately an hour as a result of their efforts. Attack type: DDOs attack Relevant Law: The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)

2011-06-15 22:54:57

Operation Malaysia

On June 15, 2011, the group launched attacks on ninety-one websites of the Malaysian government in response to the blocking of websites like WikiLeaks and The Pirate Bay within the country, which the group labels censorship of a basic human right to information. Attck type: DDOs Relevant Law: Personal Data Protection Act 2010

2011-06-20 22:54:57

Operation Orlando

On June 20, 2011, members of the group took down the websites of the Orlando, Florida Chamber of Commerce and inserted a message into the website of the Universal Orlando Resort requesting that users "boycott Orlando". The group did so in response to the arrests of members of Food Not Bombs for feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park against city ordinances. Attack type: DDOs Relevant Law: 18 U.S.C.A. § 1030 Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2011-06-28 22:54:57

Operation Intifada

On June 28, 2011, Anonymous announced that within the next 24 hours, it would hack into the website of the Knesset, the legislature of Israel, and knock it offline. It was stated that the planned attacks were a response to alleged hacking attacks by Israeli intelligence such as the Stuxnet virus, a computer virus which allegedly was created by Israeli and U.S. intelligence and targeted the Iranian nuclear program. Attack: DDOs attack Relevant Law: Protection of Privacy Law, 5741-1981

2011-07-03 22:54:57

Operation BART

In August 2011, in response to Bay Area Rapid Transit's shutdown of cell phone service in an attempt to disconnect protesters from assembling in response to a police shooting, as well as the shooting itself, Anonymous sent out a mass email/fax bomb to BART personnel and organized multiple mass physical protests at the network's Civic Center station. Anonymous also hacked the BART website, releasing the personal information of 102 BART police officers, as well as account information for about 2,000 customers. Attack type: SQL Relevant Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2011-07-21 22:54:57

Operation Anti-Security

The group collaborated with LulzSec to hack the websites of a number of government and corporate sources and release information from them. As well as targeting American sites, Anonymous also targeted government sites in Tunisia, Anguilla, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Turkey, and Australia. On July 21, Anonymous released two PDFs allegedly taken from NATO. Attck type: DDOs, SQL Relevant Law: 18 U.S.C.A. § 1030 Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2011-08-08 22:54:57

Shooting Sheriffs Saturday

In an event dubbed "Shooting Sheriffs Saturday," Anonymous hacked 70 (mostly rural) law enforcement websites and released 10 GB of leaked information.he name is likely a reference to the song "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley.

2011-08-08 22:54:57

Operation Syria

In early August, Anonymous hacked the Syrian Defense Ministry website and replaced it with a vector image of the pre-Ba'athist flag, a symbol of the pro-democracy movement in the country, as well as a message supporting the 2011 Syrian uprising and calling on members of the Syrian Army to defect to protect protesters. Attack type: DDOs Relevant Law: Cybercrime Law 17/2012

2011-10-06 22:54:57

Opposition to Los Zetas

On October 6, 2011, Anonymous released a video stating that Los Zetas had kidnapped one of the group's members, and threatened that unless the hostage was freed, they would publish personal information about members of the cartel and their collaborators in politics, police, military, and business, which might lead to their prosecution by Mexican authorities, or targeting by rival cartels. The website of Gustavo Rosario Torres, a former Tabasco state prosecutor, was subsequently defaced with a message suggesting his involvement with the organization. Attack type: DDOs

2011-10-23 22:54:57

Operation DarkNet

In October 2011, the collective campaigned against child pornography protected by anonymous hosting techniques. They temporarily DDoSed 40 child porn sites, published the usernames of over 1500 people frequenting one of those websites, and invited the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol to follow up. Attack type: DDOs attck

2011-11-07 22:54:57

Operation Brotherhood Takedown

On November 7, 2011, Anonymous released a warning threat to the Muslim Brotherhood that they would take down major websites belonging to their organization. On November 12 the Muslim Brotherhood released a statement detailing the extent of the attack and that four websites were temporarily taken down. On November 12, 2011 another video was released claiming the attack would continue until November 18. Attack type: DDOs attack Relevant Law: Law No. 175 of 2018 Regarding Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes.

2011-12-21 22:54:57

Operation Deepthroat

Anonymous, along with 4chan's /b/ board, Reddit, Twitter and Funnyjunk, teamed together to make a raid on 9gag called Operation Deepthroat. The raid was separated in multiple teams: The first team, the Alpha Team, spammed "horrifying" images of child pornography, gore, furries and scat on 9gag's site, followed by fake accounts made by 4chan, Anonymous, Reddit, Twitter and Funnyjunk voting the spam up, effectively overloading the servers. The second team, the Gold Team, used the Low Orbit Ion Cannon and the High Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC and HOIC, respectively), and fired on 9gag, which DDoS'd the entire site down. The third team, the Red Team, was tasked to spread the information of the OP on 4chan, Reddit, Twitter and Funnyjunk, and also supported the other teams. The fourth and final team, the White Team, was tasked with spamming chat sites such as Omegle and Chatroulette with inappropriate messages, such as "9gag.com is the place for Child Pornography!", in order to tarnish 9gag's "wholesome" and "family-friendly" name. Attack type: mostly DDOs attacks

2011-12-24 22:54:57

Attack on Stratfor

On December 24, claims were made that Anonymous stole thousands of e-mail addresses and credit card information from security firm Stratfor. Reportedly, Anonymous commented that this is because the data was unencrypted, however Anonymous put out a press-release stating "This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous". Attack type: DDOs, SQL Relevant Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2011-12-24 22:54:57

Operation Pharisee

Operation Pharisee was an attack organized via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube against the Vatican website for World Youth Day 2011. It was unsuccessful, despite a denial-of-service attack resulting 34 times normal traffic, and well-documented due to the efforts of Imperva, the security firm employed by the Vatican. Attack type: DDOs attack

2012-01-01 22:54:57

CSLEA hack

In January 2012, Anonymous hacked the website of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association to protest police brutality. Attack type: DDOs attck Relevant Law: § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2012-01-02 22:54:57

Operation Megaupload

In retaliation for the shut down of the file sharing service Megaupload and the arrest of four workers, Anonymous DDoSed the websites of UMG (the company responsible for the lawsuit against Megaupload), the United States Department of Justice, the United States Copyright Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the MPAA, Warner Brothers Music, the RIAA, and the HADOPI the afternoon of January 19, 2012. The operations by Anonymous were speculated to have been driven further by anger over the House of Representatives' Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Attack type: DDOs attacks Relevant Law: Relevant Law: 18 U.S.C.A. § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2012-01-02 22:54:57

Occupy Nigeria

In solidarity with Occupy Nigeria, Anonymous has joined forces with the People's Liberation Front and the Naija Cyber Hactivists of Nigeria. Anonymous promised "a relentless and devastating assault upon the web assets of the Nigerian government" in support of Occupy Nigeria. This was in protest to the removal of fuel subsidy that the majority of impoverished Nigerians depend upon for their very existence, causing the price of fuel and transportation to skyrocket and therefore extreme hardship for the majority of Nigerians. On January 13, the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission website was hacked, with a false report of the arrest of people involved in the oil sector replacing the normal page. Attack type: DDOs attack Relevant Law: Cybercrimes (Prohibition and Prevention) Act, 2015

2012-01-21 22:54:57

Anti-ACTA activism in Europe

On January 21, 2012, a series of DDoS attacks on Polish government websites took place, for which the Anonymous took responsibility and referred to as "the Polish Revolution". The group via their Twitter account stated it was a revenge for upcoming signing of ACTA agreement by the Polish government. Starting with websites of the Sejm, Polish Prime Minister, President, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, later on websites of the police, Internal Security Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also blocked. Attack type: DDOs attack Relevant law: Cybersecurity Act, 2021

2012-02-01 22:54:57

Operation Russia

Unidentified hackers cracked email boxes of some prominent pro-Kremlin activists and officials, including Vasily Yakemenko, head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Kristina Potupchik, press secretary for Nashi youth movement, and Oleg Khorokhordin, deputy head of the Department for Internal Affairs at the Presidential Administration. Since February 1, links to contents of the mailboxes have been appearing on @OP_Russia Twitter account. The hackers confirmed they consider themselves a part of the Anonymous movement; "We are Anonymous", they stated in an interview. Attack type: SQL Relevant law: Federal Law On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protectionб 2006

2012-02-03 22:54:57

Boston Police Department attacks

On February 3, 2012, Anonymous hacked a website belonging to the Boston Police Department to protest the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protestors. BPD later responded with a sarcastic video of their own. Attack type: DDOs Relevant Law: 18 U.S.C.A. § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2012-02-06 17:01:09

Syrian Government E-mail Hack

On February 6, 2012, Anonymous broke into the mail server of the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs, gaining access to some 78 inboxes of Bashar al-Assad's staffers in the process. One of the email files was a document preparing Assad for his December 2011 interview with ABC's Barbara Walters. One of the passwords commonly used by Assad's office accounts was "12345." Relevant Law: Cybercrime Law 17/2012 Attack type:

2012-02-10 17:01:09

AntiSec Leak and CIA Attack

Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking down the Central Intelligence Agency's website for more than 5 hours. Several servers went back up while others stayed down. This followed a conversation leak, in which Anonymous took responsibility, between FBI and Scotland Yard officials discussing members of Anonymous being put on trial as well as other topics on the group, which took place a week before. On March 6, 2012 Donncha O'Cearbhaill was charged in connection with the leak. He was released 24-hours later. Attack type: DDOs attack

2012-02-28 17:01:09

Interpol Attack

Following Interpol's announcement on February 28 that they made arrests of 25 suspected members of the hacking activist group Anonymous in Europe and South America, their site went down for a moment.

2012-03-07 17:01:09

AIPAC Attack

The official website of the Vatican was brought down temporarily by a DDoS attack from Anonymous on March 7, 2012. Later that day the website recovered. Anonymous has also attempted to take the site down in 2011 but the attempt did not succeed. They claimed that their attack was not targeted against the followers of the Catholic Church but against the Church itself, which Anonymous viewed as corrupt. Attack type: DDOs attack

2012-03-21 17:01:09

Bureau of Justice leak

On March 21, 2012, 1.7GB of data was stolen from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics by Anonymous. The leak reportedly contained "shiny things such as internal emails and the entire database dump." Attack type: DDOs attack Relevant Law: 18 U.S.C.A. § 1030. Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

2012-03-22 17:01:09

Judge Rotenberg Center

On March 22, 2012, Anonymous announced in a YouTube video that the Judge Rotenberg Center and those affiliated were all targets. This came after a video of a boy being tortured at the JRC, a special needs school, was released on CNN. The school also legally tortured hundreds of others, and five died there. Anonymous hacked the JRC's website and publicly posted the names and addresses of JRC's sponsors, lobbyists, lawyers and supporters, as well as the founder and principal himself, on Pastebin. Attack type: DDOs attack

2012-03-22 17:01:09

Taking down Monsanto's Hungarian website

On March 16 the official website of Monsanto's Hungarian website collapsed and wasn't restored until March 26. Attack type: DDOs attack Relevant Law: The Hungarian Criminal Act, 2012

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