Hacktivists have posted "secret documents" stolen from an Italian cybercrime unit. The documents – 8GB of files – were extracted from a system maintained by the Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche (CNAIPIC), the organisation charged with guarding the country's critical IT …
Is this actually hacking, or is this a leak?
The headline says "hack" but the article says they were sent documents...
Re: Is this actually hacking, or is this a leak?
Sent in by a hack journo, formerly working for the NoTW.
Dumb Dumber Dumbest
This was a dumb thing for Anonymous to do. I've worked in Italy. Historically, their government is known for "broadly" interpreting the law in their favor, including search warrants.
Expect Italy to passionately step up their search for Anonymous members. Expect the people at CNAIPIC to make Anonymous their top priority.
It might have been a dumb thing for *someone* to do, but it only takes one person to do it and say "Anonymous" - who knows? That said, *if* the disclosed information is in the public interest, then maybe it's a brave thing to do, rather than dumb.
Re: Dumb Dumber Dumbest
They've got to find the leak first. It sounds like Anonymous were simply used. There could be false or misleading info mixed in with real data too.
Can't these guys hack Visa and Amex? No need to steal the info, just delete it plskthx
NT kernel code
Add NT kernel code. "And nothing of value was lost"
I smell the party van on its way quite soon
Errm, but ..
.. am I the only one to question why this data was placed on publicly accessible servers? Or are they really so capable that they can hit a DMZ with cert protected VPNs?
Walled garden Internet one step closer
Every hack against national governments' infrastructure, we take another step towards a fully locked-down Internet.
If the governments to that it would just be further evidence that they don't really have the peoples' interests in mind. No one wants the government to regulate the internet, so if they truly represent the people, they won't.
Maybe Anonymous is looking for...
...a Sicilian "necktie" ?
Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche
Wow, what a title.
Perhaps that is also their ecryption key?
You know how US institutions love abbreviations...
... like "CapCom", "PATRIOT Act" and so on? The Italians were doing it first.
The Italians make abbreviations and acronyms out of *everything*. Nobody uses the full name; in some cases, many don't even realise a name *is* an acronym or abbreviation. ("Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino", anyone?)
Government and other institutions often take a similar approach, so an ex-pat moving to Italy has to navigate and decipher an alphabet soup of initialisms, acronyms and the like, just to get by.