Ask any person and they’ll tell you that they don’t trust big corporations, with banks being at the top of the list. Some of the more paranoid folks out there will go as far as to suggest that those big companies are actively spying on us.
Before you go running to either get the roll of tinfoil, or to laugh at those wearing the tinfoil, it seems that the hacktivist group known as Anonymous has just dumped about 14GB of data that belongs to companies like Bank of America, Thomas Reuters, ClearForest, Bloomberg, and TEKSystems an intelligence firm on to the web for everyone to enjoy.
The released data is said to contain information about the spying habits of Bank of America and the other corporations, and include a log of data on hundreds of thousands of employees and executives.
Anonymous has said that this information is interesting for a number of reasons, but the primary one is just how easy it was for them to get the information – they didn’t need to hack anything. The data is reportedly stored on a ClearForest server in Tel Aviv, a server that was so badly misconfigured it more closely resembled an open door that anyone could have entered.
The group also said that much of the information was badly researched and that large portions of it might not even be correct, and that they are only releasing the data in order to raise awareness about these companies and their security practices.