THE HACKERS of Antisec released the booty plundered during earlier attacks against US law enforcement over the weekend, despite the targeted agencies claiming that nothing of value had been pinched in the attacks.
The leak was described as a wild release on the AnonymousIRC Twitter feed and seems to have come from Lulzkittens, which going by its name seems to be part of Lulzsec. Although the data was lifted earlier this month, it apparently took Antisec a little while to release it.
However, now that they have released the data the hackers hope that law enforcement agencies, such as the US Department of Homeland Security, will credit them with skills that so far they have denied.
"A recent DHS bulletin has called us 'script kiddies' that lack 'any capability to inflict damage to critical infrastructure'," says the introduction to the release.
"Yet we continue to get in and out of any system we please, destroying and dropping dox on the mightiest of government systems that are supposed to be protecting their sick nightmare of 'law and order'. GIVE UP. You are losing the cyberwar, and the attacks against the governments, militaries, and corporations of the world will continue to escalate."
The release was teased out by the group, apparently as they finalised the data and its display.
"Having fun with the data while finalizing the release: (link) & (link) Donations to EFF & ACLU thanks, #SSS :-D," said a tweet from the Lulzkitten feed that was welcomed by the Anonymous account.
"We hear it will be only minutes until the Shooting Sheriff's Saturday release," said that feed, and then, "A wild release appears: Shooting Sheriff Saturday #SSS".
When it was released the leak was a big one and contained more or less the entire 10GB of data that was promised after the earlier assault.
"We hear there is an 8 Gigabyte torrent to follow soon. #Anonymous #AntiSec #SSS #FFF | Yarr, we never had anything, according to Sheriffs," added the Anonymous account as it poked fun at law enforcement claims that the early defacements had been merely a little harmless web site redesign. "Sheriffs who said #Anonymous had nothing now look a bit silly."
Perhaps fittingly, the Lulzkitten Twitter feed has had the most fun with the release and amongst its messages are digs at the content of the messages it uncovered as well as links to searchable leaks of the information.
The earlier attack on the web sites was a protest against the charging of the alleged hacker said to be 'Topiary' in the UK as well as other Anonymous and Lulzsec related arrests across the world.
"In retaliation to the unjust persecution of dozens of suspected Anonymous 'members', we attacked over 70 US law enforcement institutions defacing their websites and destroying [sic] their servers," said the group at the time.
"Additionally, we have stolen massive amounts of confidential documents and personal information including email spools, password dumps, classified documents, internal training files, informant lists, and more to be released very soon. We demand prosecuters immediately drop all charges and investigations against all 'Anonymous' defendants."
Then a number of sheriffs denied that anything of note had been taken, statements that this latest release of so much data tends to refute.
Anonymous also hinted at a further release, and on its Twitter feed it added, "The current release was 10 Gigabyte. You, dear feds, should begin to worry what we have in stock. We hear, a #FFF is coming up. #AntiSec." µ