Anonymous takes credit for hack that exposes 2.4 million Syrian e-mails
Members take responsibility for breach of multiple domains and servers in Syria.
by Dan Goodin - July 9 2012, 4:18pm EDT
Members of the Anonymous hacking collective are taking credit for the theft of more than 2.4 million e-mails from Syrian governmental officials and contractors that were later published by WikiLeaks.
The whistle-blower website announced the massive document dump on Thursday. The cache includes communications from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport, and Culture, WikiLeaks officials said. In all, the leak includes 2.4 million e-mails sent from 678,752 different addresses to more than 1 million recipients. It comes amid a government crackdown on dissidents that has killed as many as 15,000 Syrians in the past 18 months, according to some estimates. [Read more]