Members of Anonymous recently hacked the Web site for AVX Corporation, and published thousands of user names, passwords and e-mail addresses online.

The attack was intended to publicize AVX's activities in the Congo in 1998.

"It seems that in 2001 the United Nations accused AVX of extracting Columbite-tantalite (coltan), a black metallic ore used in the construction of consumer electronics such as smart phones, computers, DVD players, etc., during a civil war in the Congo in 1998," writes Death and Taxes' DJ Pangburn. "Warring groups within the Congo had apparently been smuggling coltan out of the region with the help of neighboring Rwanda and Uganda. The coltan ultimately ended up in the hands of US manufacturers such as AVX in the form of tantalum. (Profit first, ask questions later.)"

"According to a post on Pastebin, hackers in the Anonymous collective found a SQL injection vulnerability on the company's website and used it to extract information from a corporate database," writes SecurityWeek's Brian Prince.

"The hacktivists accuse other companies as well of being involved in dirty games to gain access to the precious resource," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "These organizations -- Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens, Sony, Intel, IMB, HP, Samsung, Nec, Motorola, Apple, Dell, and many others -- can at any time become the victims of OpColtan and OpGreenRights."