The iconoclastic fury of Italian Anonymous does not stop. As announced, the three groups that coordinate the operation “Black Week” have released also today new data from their raids on online sites and databases. In the materials disclosed today there are names, surnames, telephone and email numbers of employees and officials of various research institutes of the National Research Council, the Equitalia databases and that of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Sensitive data by members of the Lega Nord del Trentino, Fratelli d’Italia and the Democratic Party of the city of Siena were disseminated. And then there are names and surnames belonging to Assopolizia (a national association of policemen) from Rome to Belluno and those of the Central Institute for Archives. Ironically it is the same Institute that has the task of developing national standards and guidelines for the creation of archival information systems and digital databases, let’s say without too much attention to security. Among the information also leaked the names of users of a portal on the theme of railways and modeling, perhaps confused with that of the State Railways.
A fact that tells us two things: the Anonymous have mixed high goals attacking the General Directorate for energetic activities of the Ministry of economic development and a site taken at random. Repubblica has been able to check the data in the databases released by Anonymous “in the wild”, as the informatics say. In fact, names, surnames, telephones and passwords of the workers of some attacked entities present in the disclosed databases are real. In the case of employees of the Ministry of Economic Development we could verify that the passwords did not correspond all, but names, emails and telephone and landline numbers instead.
According to Professor Rocco De Nicola of the School Imt, High Studies of Lucca, an expert in cybersecurity, “It is time for anyone who sets up a site to do so with special attention to privacy and security. “
Several sites were also defaced during the “Black Week”. Today was the turn of the site of Fratelli d’Italia, a post-fascist party, whose homepage has been replaced with the mask of Anonymous. The attacks, the defacements, the disclosure of mail archives, names and telephones, should celebrate, in the intentions of the hacktivist, the day of November 5, the anniversary of the Powder Conjure which was attended by the English revolutionary Guy Fawkes whose face has become a universal symbol of rebellion thanks to the mask made known by the film “V for Vendetta”.
The attack is also the contribution given by Anonymous Italy to the Million Mask March, the march of the million masks against abuse of power by anyone committed anywhere in the world, today at 18 o’clock in Milan simultaneously with the event in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, hundreds of people disguised as Guy Fawkes have already invaded the streets of cities and capitals such as London and Brisbane, Germany, Norway, the Philippines, even Nepal.
This protest has been politically motivated since the first video-release of October 28 in which the Anonymous invited “the people” to react (“The fear has taken possession of you, and the mental chaos has meant that you address the current government “) calling everyone to action:
«If you see what we see, if you think of it as we think, and if you are looking like we are, we ask you to stand by our side, and no longer accept the lies and the gag that puts us in the state.»
Now, with today’s leak, they reaffirmed that privacy is not a joke and that an increasingly digital society is a fragile society. By definition.
About the Author: Arturo Di Corinto
(Security Affairs – Anonymous Italy, Hacktivism)