Members of hacking collective Anonymous announced yesterday via Twitter they have breached the North Atlantic Treaty Organization system and accessed about 1 gigabyte of restricted material from the servers.
“We are sitting on about one Gigabyte of data from NATO now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible. But Oh NATO….”, they tweeted. While they plan not to release the entirety of accessed reports, the group published a few of the documents yesterday as proof.
The security breach by the hacktivists came in response to a recent report from NATO condemning their actions and warning them not to challenge the federal organization.
Anonymous retaliated and warned the agency in a message it could not be stopped.
“Do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous,” message read. “If you slice off one head of Hydra, ten more heads will grow in its place.”
In an email to CBS News, a member of Anonymous who calls himself Commander X described the substance of what he said were the NATO documents obtained by the hacker group.
“The documents, a tiny sample of which has already been released this morning – are classified NATO procurement and procedure files mostly (though not exclusively) describing NATO secure communications networks,” Commander X wrote. “Although there may be other incredible stuff we have not found yet in the cache, as it is a HUGE dump and we are only now getting into a lengthy analysis.”
“It will take weeks just to analyze what we have already, and we also STILL have access to the NATO servers and we are STILL downloading databases,” he added.
According to CBS, a NATO official, who could not be named under standing rules, said the organization was aware a hacker group had released on the Internet what it claimed to be classified NATO documents.
“NATO security experts are investigating these claims,” the official told CBS. “We strongly condemn any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of NATO allies, armed forces and citizens.”