Here's the problem with breathlessly reporting on every purported Anonymous hack the second it happens: most of the time, the breaches don't turn out to be a big deal. Take yesterday for example; after a self-claimed Anonymous hacker posted a 1.7GB torrent containing server files from the "Bureau of Justice" on the Pirate Bay, early headlines blared variations of "OMG! ANON HAX DEPT. OF JUSTICE!" Unfortunately (fortunately?), that's only kinda true.
None of the files in the torrent contain any sort of critically sensitive personal data, Identity Finder reports.
It just goes to show, folks, that many of the electronic boogeymen propped up by the media (cough, cough, myself included) tend to be full of hot air -- and anyone can say they're an Anonymous hacker. Obviously, any breach of a government agency is a bad thing, but most of the truly dangerous hacks -- the ones that actually put your personal information in the hands of cybercriminals -- never get reported on because they just aren't "sexy" enough to print.
"Due to the fact this attack affected the Department of Justice, this breach received more attention than other more significant breaches of late, including the billing and customer support tech company, WHMCS, which was ransacked and taken offline by hackers, and their entire customer database exposed online," Identity Finder notes at the end of its report . Just a little something to chew on.
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