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US Federal Reserve: Hacked, Tapped and Smacked

Last Sunday’s cyber attack on US Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis appears to be a lot more serious than the St.Louis FED have told the media, the authorities  and  financial institutions they serve. According to ZDNet the hacktivist group Anonymous may have released important banking information that could be connected to Federal Reserve computers, including contact information and cell phone numbers for U.S. bank Presidents, Vice Presidents, COO’s Branch Managers, VP’s and more. The FBI has now opened a criminal investigation into  hacking incident.

“As an information security expert, its my official position that there was a blatant and irresponsible lack of tact and urgency in the response by the Federal Reserve to the individuals and institutions contained in this list. I’d go as far as to say they have irrevocably LIED to their constituents here.”

Security Expert


According to the ZDNet report, the information security community is outraged at the Federal Reserve for its dismissive attitude and lack of transparency around Sunday’s emergency contact system hack. A Federal Reserve Spokesperson told reporters that Anonymous’ claim to the hack’s importance was “overstated,” but information security professionals that serve financial institutions says the exact opposite. Now they are angry with the Federal Reserve for downplaying the incident – very angry.

The hacktivist group Anonymous accessed  the US Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis‘ internal files and servers, by hacking the FED’s  emergency contact system,  ZDNet reports.

anon 0The emergency contact system (ECS) enables agencies to establish two-way communications channels with institutions during a crisis to exchange critical information; crises such as natural or man-made disasters; weather, fire, and so on, chemical biological events or threats, and events affecting the financial markets

One of the people who express his concern with the hacking incident is Veracode chief technology officer, Chris Wysopal, calling the hack “a spearphishing bonanza and the most valuable account dump by quality I have seen in a while.”

anon 1Another person expressing concern on the incident is Jon Waldman, a senior information security consultant whose firm specializes in serving small-to-medium sized financial institutions, explain his anger at The FED’s downplaying of the incident.

Here are some quotes by the security excerpts:

“The Federal Reserve is simply incorrect by saying there’s not account details on the list. I’ve seen that list and it is absolutely rife with account details. Usernames and hashed passwords are included with salts.”

“As an information security expert, its my official position that there was a blatant and irresponsible lack of tact and urgency in the response by the Federal Reserve to the individuals and institutions contained in this list. I’d go as far as to say they have irrevocably LIED to their constituents here.”

Hacking for…….Chris Dorner!?

ZDNet points out that the Anonymous previously hacked other US government websites, including the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. The report also claim that Anonymous new attack’s filename refers to Christopher Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer that is currently the target of a California state-wide manhunt for killing three people, but has been characterized by some Anons as “an avatar” of the man of conscience pushed to the point of desperate action due to the alleged corruption happening within the LAPD.

anon 2However, the latest government hacking incident may also be attributed to a group of Anonymous’ demand for a US computer crime reform law, as well as the group’s extended show-off in protest for the early demise of Reddit’s co-founder Aaron Swartz, a famous hacktivist who committed suicide during a rough investigation by the FBI into his activities.

I certainly hope that no one commits suicide as a result of this new FBI investigation, but I curious about the results. And also if the investigation will target the officials at St.Louis FED – or just the Anonymous…

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Anonymous Demand Bernanke’s Head On A Virtual Stake

Anonymous have just released a new threat against US Federal Reserve and banks in general. This time they ask for Mr. Ben Bernanke‘s head on a virtual stake.

“And if he fails to do so pressure will continue to mount for his resignation,” is the message from the Anonymous.

Targeting the US Federal Reserve seem to be a part of the “Operation Empire State Rebellion,” launched on June 14th this year.

Russia Today reports:

The video below is also just released – apparently by some Anonymous hacktivist – a rap music video called “Put The Bankers In Jail”.


#OpESR – Operation Empire State Rebellion

End The FED






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Hackers Threaten To Attack The US Federal Reserve

The Anonymous hacker group says it plans to target the Federal Reserve starting today, most likely with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack designed to shut down the agency’s Web site.

“90 days ago, we requested Ben Bernankes resignation as Federal Reserve chairman. Mr. Bernanke has not complied with our request.”

The Anonymous

In a YouTube video, the group is calling for public protests until Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down. The campaign, called  Operation Empire State Rebellion, is timed to coincide with Flag Day in the US, which is June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the national flag in 1777.

The group, which has made a name for itself organizing random anonymous Internet users and getting them to turn their computers against targets in DoS attacks, is critical of the Federal Reserve’s involvement in the global financial crisis and what it says is the politicization of the global banking industry.

A spokesperson from the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC, did not immediately provide comment today, CNET.com reports.

This weekend, Anonymous took down the site of the Spanish national police in retaliation for the arrest last week of three people allegedly connected with the group.

Last week, Anonymous also hit a Turkish government site.

Other Anonymous official targets have been Iran and Egypt, but the group is probably best known for its DDoS attack on Sony in early April and attacks against PayPal, Visa and MasterCard sites last year after those companies stopped allowing WikiLeaks to receive contributions through their sites.

Meanwhile, someone broke into the network of the International Monetary Fund recently and stole data, although Anonymous is not believed to be responsible for that attack.

It’s possible that the IMF breach was a result of an employee getting infected by a malicious e-mail, since the agency reportedly is now warning employees not to open e-mails and video links without first authenticating the source.

Separately, the LulzSec group was busy posting what it says is the source code and passwords it got from hacking Bethesda Softworks, a subsidiary of gaming company ZeniMax Media, as well as data that appeared to come from a US  Senate database.

This is starting to get really interesting…

Check out the action through these links:

As presented in the video: http://opesr.com

#OpESR: http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23OpESR

Google map of actions: http://bit.ly/kajMWv

A99 AmpedStatus Social Network Group: http://ampedstatus.org/network/groups/a99/

June 14th Economic Rebellion Update: This Is What Decentralized Resistance Looks Like: http://ampedstatus.org/june-14th-economic-rebellion-update-%e2%80%93-this-is-…

Acts of Resistance: http://ampedstatus.org/acts-of-resistance-what-are-you-going-to-do-on-june-14…

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