HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous has leaked some emails from Bank of America that the group claims reveal corruption and fraud.
The documents were released on a website today after Anonymous threatened via Twitter over the weekend that it would leak them.
The emails are from a former employee, who suggested that he was sacked and barred from contacting other employees. Bank of America confirmed that the employee used to work for Balboa Insurance, which was once a subsidiary of the bank, and alleged that he had stolen a number of clerical and administration documents.
Anonymous claims that it asked for and received documents proving that the employee was genuine. Then it asked a series of questions that resulted in a detailed account of allegedly dodgy lending practices at the bank. He suggested that mortgage loan numbers had been altered, paper trails had conveniently gone missing, and that there was systematic pattern of impropriety in the bank's home foreclosure practices.
The website that hosts the leaked documents is periodically down, suggesting that it might be a victim of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, something that Anonymous itself is famed for having launched against organisations that withdrew support for Wikileaks and other targets.
This latest leak is likely an assist to Wikileaks, since Julian Assange had revealed earlier that the whistleblower website has thousands of documents that could bring the bank to its knees. Wikileaks has yet to publish those damning documents, which means that Bank of America could have an even rougher ride yet to come. µ
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