Anonymous Hackers Hit Bank of America

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Members of Anonymous recently published data that allegedly exposes Bank of America's practice of spying on hackers.

"To start with, we present you about 320mb of internal reports and and emails assembled for Bank of America by a sub-contractor named TEKSystems (who in turn are a subsidiary of the Allegio Group whose founder also owns the Baltimore Ravens)," the hackers wrote. "These reports and emails assembled 'intelligence' from sources like public channels on Anonymous and other IRC networks like Anonops, Voxanon and Cryto, as well as other social media. We were geniously [sic] amused by the fact that there are actually paid analysts sitting somewhere, reading the vast amount [of] garbage that scrolls by in large public channels like #anonops and #voxanon."

"A press release [PDF file] from Par:AnoIA (aka Anonymous Intelligence Agency) states that the data 'clearly shows that the research was sloppy, random and valueless,'" write Business Insider's Michael Kelley and Geoffrey Ingersoll.

"The cache also includes the source code for OneCalais, the group claims, a natural language processing (NLP) system from Thomson Reuters subsidiary ClearForest," writes Information Age's Pete Swabey. "The implication is that the system was used to analyze the data collected about potential hackers."

"The released archives, totaling well over 6GB, apparently also include salary and bonus details on hundred of thousands of executives and employees from various corporations all around the world, including Google supremo Eric Schmidt -- although his income is publicly known," writes The Register's John Leyden. "The Anonymous Intelligence Agency claimed the swiped records were lifted from a 'misconfigured server' hosted in Israel that was 'basically open for grabs' rather than seized using security exploits and conventional hacking."