July 25, 2011, 12:28 PM — The division of Italian national police responsible for protecting the country's IT infrastructure has been sidelined with irony poisoning following a data breach that allowed members of the hactivist group Anonymous post 8 GB of confidential data about the unit.
In the release announcing it had posted the documents, Anonymous described the source of the information as "a source" rather than by saying Anonymous members had cracked the servers themselves.
In its announcement of the attack, Anonymous described the Italian CNAIPIC (National Computer Crime Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection) as a "corrupted organization" that seized computers and property from computer users without regard to guilt, and used it "over many years to conduct illegal operations with foreign intelligence agencies."
The announcement described 8GB of CNAIPIC files as a "Pandora box" of incriminating information on the police unit in the hope of sparking a “regreaissance” of the power and capabilities of the cyber-security units of the European Union.
The "Load of stuff" in the file, according to Anonymous' description, includes evidence from investigations of hackers throughout Europe, descriptions of the organization of CNAIPIC itself and confidential information on Exxon Mobile, a range of other U.S. companies and government agencies, and data on government agencies from Egypt, Australia, Russia, the Ukraine, Nepal, Belarus, Gibraltar, and Vietnam.
The data spill is apparently retaliation for the arrest of 32 hackers July 5, only three of whom were charged with a crime.
Anonymous also raided GIS Austria, the government agency that collects taxes used to support TV networks.
Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, four suspected members of Anonymous were released by police after – according to police – making full statements confessing their hacking activities in detail and cooperating with ongoing investigations.