USSC.gov Hacked – Anonymous Operation Last Resort (Any Idea What This Means Exactly?) #OPLastResort

UPDATES at end of this blogpost.

The US Government website http://www.ussc.gov has been hacked (and of course, this isn’t the first time Anon has done this – I’ve used this Hungry Beast YouTube explanation of the hacking of the Australian Government website for Operation Titstorm from 2010) – and they have a transcript and this video featured:

I’m lost as to exactly what it’ll entail (anything featuring clips from the 1980s film War Games can’t be good though…), and I’ve yet to see any official news release about it. I’ll add some as I find them.

BTW: Aaron Swartz bio as featured on Wikipedia.

UPDATE – of course, there’s a hashtag (now added to this blogpost).

https://twitter.com/OpLastResort is their official Twitter.

EHackingNews has a short summary of the hacking.

An admission via a Tweet:

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Another video has been released:

ANOTHER UPDATE -

Mashable has more news: The group claims mysterious code-based “warheads”, named for each of the Supreme Court Justices, are about to be deployed….The group talks of planting “multiple warheads” on “compromised systems” on various unnamed websites, and encourages members to download a given file from ussc.gov that is “primed, armed and quietly distributed to numerous mirrors.” It has given the warhead “launch” the name of “Operation Last Resort,”

And even they’re not sure exactly what’s being proposed. So, I’m not alone in that regard.

FINALLY – CNN News:

Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, said the bureau was immediately aware of the threat and is “handling it as a criminal investigation.”

“We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person(‘s) or government agency’s network,” he said.

 

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  • Anonymous person who cares about wellbeing of other humans

    You Cannot Stop an Idea…and that idea is…

    “A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!”

    ― Thomas Jefferson

    “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

    –V for Vendetta

    “A government of the people, by the people, for the people”

    – Abraham Lincoln & Theodore Parker

    “That government is best which governs least”

    –Henry David Thoreau or Thomas Jefferson

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Okay, there’re all interesting quotes – but as I asked someone on Twitter:

      1) What exactly is the threat that’s being posed to the US Government by Anon
      and
      2) What changes are being demanded of the US Government?

      Because I honestly can’t figure it out.

      • Think For Yourself

        What changes are being demanded of the US government?

        “There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and dis-favourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power. For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.”

        • Kylie Sturgess

          Thanks – how likely that is to happen is another question!

          • Kylie Sturgess

            From Twitter:
            CSelH - the “warhead” is a program hidden in all the files… if the demands are not met, the program activates and the info is
            unencrypted and everyone will know… the only way to tell what the info it’s before this point is to break the encryption
            which would be almost impossible, until the warhead is activated we wait and hope that this is taken seriously and change is
            made, only time can tell now and we must be patient”

      • http://capitantypo.wordpress.com Capitan Typo

        If i understood it, Their video claimed that for the past few weeks, they have had spyware installed on ussc.gov and used it to identify vulnerable systems. From at they have either gathered sensitive information or planted over software, though they did say that information in their possession would be distributed to news organisations, so I assume the former. The information is encrypted, and if the US government does not meet demands, they will provide access to the encrypted info.

        As for their demands,they want the US to enforce all of its laws equally, and for sentencing to be related to the harm caused by a crime.

        That’s how I understood the content of the video.

      • http://capitantypo.wordpress.com Capitan Typo

        And the 80s movie reference was due to the idea that the only way to US can win is to not play, I.e. not try to react to anonymous. The video said that they are not interested in negotiating.

  • yonnie

    Never going to happen, too many feds defending their existence. Nice dream but you need to wake up and smell reality. Anyone who can threaten them with real trouble will get stomped on while those who threaten the people will get ignored. How many banksters and wallsters have gone to jail? Proof of point!

  • http://www.facebook.com/phoebe.xavier Phoebe Xavier

    It’s a dead threat without any time table applied. Since in the last two days since the statement was issued injustice has continued, Martial Law drills in Miami & L.A. for example, I’d say the gubbo isn’t negotiating either. So when does Anonymous accept that and drop da bombs?