Anonymous reveals Bank of America secrets.
Last week Par:AnoIA, a group linked to Anonymous, released 14 GB of data implicating Bank of America and others in a massive spying operation. The data dump reveals the bank employed security firms to spy on hackers, social activists and numerous other private citizens across the web.
A statement issued Feb. 27 indicates the data contains detailed information about hundreds of thousands of executives at companies around the world, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, TEKSystems and BofA.
The group says the data was not acquired during a hack but rather was retrieved from an unsecured server in Israel.
The documents leaked by Anonymous include "intelligence" reports allegedly compiled by TEKSystems on "daily cyber threats" from around the world and Internet activity related to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The data dump comes three weeks after the Federal Reserve confirmed that one of its internal Web sites had been hacked.
The group says that Bank of America employed private IT firms such as TEKsystems to spy on hacker forums and social media networks. Special software was created to use keywords to troll the internet in order to judge sentiment about BoA among other things.
According to the website of TEKsystems,
We have the largest global network of credentialed IT professionals to lead and support your engagements. With over 100 locations, nearly 3,500 employees throughout North America, Europe and Asia and an IT consultant network that encompasses over 81% of the IT workforce, we deploy more than 80,000 technical professionals annually to support critical engagements at more than 6,000 client sites, including 82% of the Fortune 500.
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The leak is associated with Operation Wall Street, a new protest launched by Anonymous hacktivists against the US government, Wall Street and the financial services industry. The operation seeks justice for those “who have lost their homes and had their lives destroyed” by “the crimes of Goldman Sachs and other firms.”