Anonymous Leaks 10,000 E-mails from Iranian Government
Posted June 2, 2011on:
A collection of 10,365 e-mails from the Iranian government were leaked by digital activist group Anonymous Operations on June 2. According to members of Anonymous, the files were taken after the hacker accessed the Iranian Passport and Visa Office email center.
The bulk of the files are visa applications for an “oil meeting…. many from China,” according to a source, who added “it was a big raid,” and that the Iranian government has been in the process of trying to cover up the incident for the past few days.
“I have been told that they have had the site opened and closed on and off for days now,” he said. “They have been behaving erratically.”
The files consist mostly of the Iranian government alerting individuals of their visa application status. According to a member of Anonymous, the files were aimed more to damage the image of Iran in “both cyber space and the real world.”
“I don’t know why the Islamic regime keeps providing money to their cyber army while they can’t secure their most important mail server,” Anonymous stated.
No response was received from calls to the Mission of The Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations. The Iranian Embassy in Washington declined to comment.
The 63 mb file was released quietly by Anonymous Operations on May 30, but it was encrypted, requiring a password to open. It was posted to file-sharing websites across the Internet.
A Web post containing a list of links to the file stating, “We were able to archive some interesting information from the Islamic Regime. We need your help in keeping the data alive and available online!”
Contents of the file remained a mystery, however, until the password was released Thursday.
Iranian government websites, however, have recently been attacked by Anonymous Operations. It is likely the files were provided to them due to their current operation.