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Hacktivists continue data leaks

The twin hacktivist groups of Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN have continued their data leaks and hacks into countries and corporations, releasing more information from private and governmental servers. 

The activities of the two groups have been growing in frequency recently, with hacked FBI phone calls and leaked inner department documents from countries like Nigeria. Other groups have also been joining in with some other hacks targeting Foxconn and Palestine. These are part of new operations, though the names are not quite as creative as the groups have been in the past with the latter simply known as #OpFreePalestine.

The Foxconn leak was posted on torrent website ThePirateBay by a group called Swagg Sec, containing information on not only customers – mainly emails, it seems personal addresses were deleted or missing -  but company higher ups as well. While the Foxconn aimed attacks aren’t designed to help free a nation from a dictator, it is in protest of poor working conditions and the awfully high rate of worker suicides that have been recorded in the past few years.

There’s also been many reports of worker fatalities from aluminium dust fires, something that’s easily avoidable with the use of proper filtration.

The factories where most of the problems seem to occur are ones producing Apple components for iPads and iPhones. According to some sources, the higher ups at the fruity firm are even aware of the issues, but choose not to act. Ex-employees have said that if Apple told its suppliers to improve working conditions it would be done.

Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN and Swagg Sec evidently hope to make this a reality.

As part of the leaked information, in a document called “Company_Sensitive_information.txt” the hackers reveal a list of companies that Foxconn works with, as well as details on how to get even more dirt on the firm. They provide a basic admin login, as well as IP and port requirements for accessing some of more nefarious information.

These sort of hacks are designed to get the access and files out into the public domain, making it impossible for Foxconn to claw them back. Once out there the real interesting stuff happens as a wider group of people comb through the info to discover what can be found. The next few days could get interesting.

Most of the recent hacks were announced and linked to by the OpCensorThis Twitter. A good one to watch.