More than 3700 documents, ranging from press releases to restricted intelligence assessments have been leaked online by hackers operating under the banner of Anonymous. The documents were obtained through hacking the email servers of the Greek Foreign Ministry and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In light of the Greek government’s imminent assumption of the rotating EU presidency come January, security lapses on this scale are certainly troubling.
The attack occurs within the context of a recent Anonymous campaign against the Golden Dawn political party and rising dissatisfaction with austerity policies. The hackers may be attempting to find links within the Greek Government and the OSCE to the Golden Dawn and to other political initiatives in Europe that they find troubling, such as the Internet Crime Units of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Their communique regarding the hacking attack can be found here.
Dan Gifford – MCySec Media Manager