Last week, the famous hacker organization, Anonymous, compromised databases used by the US Census Bureau in an attack, and subsequently leaked the stolen information online. According to Anonymous, the attack was a form of protest against the US government’s current negotiations involving the controversial TPO and TIPP trade agreements.
Anonymous only targeted and leaked information concerning government employees, as opposed to the more sensitive citizen data held by the Bureau. The details of the hack are as follows:
On July 23 the Bureau released a statement concerning the attack:
“The US Census Bureau is investigating an IT security incident relating to unauthorized access to non-confidential information on an external system that is not part of the Census Bureau internal network. Access to the external system has been restricted while our IT forensics team investigates.”
“Security and data stewardship are integral to the Census Bureau mission. We will remain vigilant in continuing to take every necessary precaution to protect all information.”