Anonymous, a group not known for discipline, is giving itself a weekly deadline, a new attack every Friday.Following theÂ Tuesday compromise of the website of tear gas maker Combined Systems, Inc., the Antisec wing of AnonymousÂ struck a Federal Trade Commission webserverÂ which hosts three FTC websites, business.ftc.gov, consumer.gov and ncpw.gov, the National Consumer Protection Week partnership website.
Claiming this hack in opposition of theÂ controversial international copyright treaty known as ACTA, which had been widely protested around the world for its potential to curtail freedom of expression on the internet, Anonymous continued the political messaging that has marked much of its recent high-profile actions.
Anons claiming responsibility for the attack spoke to Wired.com in an online chat just as it happened, freely admitting that there was nothing technically remarkable in this hack. As one remarked, â€œown & rm and move on.â€ (rm being a unix command to delete data.)
But this weekâ€™s attacks came with a promise, first articulated in the defacement of CSI, and restated on the FTC websites: Every Friday will bring a new attack against government and corporate sites under the theme of #FFF, or Fuck the FBI Friday.
â€œWe are already sitting on dozens of unreleased targets,â€ said an Antisec anon, who went on to describe an inventory of already compromised servers that could fill five months or more of #FFF releases.
â€œYes, each and every Friday we will be launching attacksâ€¦ with the specific purpose of wiping as many corrupt corporate and government systems off our internet,â€ the anon continued.
The choice of the FTC is an odd one, given the independent agency has no role in ACTA negotiations. Instead, itâ€™s tasked with fighting unfair business practices, sanctioning companies like Google and Facebook for privacy violations, and running the Do-Not-Call list â€“ hardly the stuff of Big Brother stomping on online rights forever.
While many attacks are likely to be simple defacements like the FTC website, Antisec claims to also be going through mail spools, SQL databases and password files on dozens of corporate and government servers which are unaware of their presence.
The anon speaking to Wired described the string of hacking as having â€œno foreseeable end in sight,â€ going on to say â€œthe more we own, the more we steal credentials to even more targets.â€