Ethical Hacking


Operation Target Date Source Motivation Type of Attack Damage Caused Additional Important Information
Titstorm Australian Government/Kevin Rudd 10 February 2010 “Australian Government Website Hacked In Protest”, Technorati, 10/02/2010 Protesting Australian internet filter Unauthorised access, modification of data, defacement Kevin Rudd’s website defaced with the words “Operation Titstorm” for an unspecified period of time.
Payback ACS:Law 21 September 2010 “New 4chan DDoS Targets Hated Anti-Piracy Law Firm”, TorrentFreak, 22/09/2010 “4Chan Hacks Anti Piracy Lawfirm, Leaks Porn Downloaders’ Names”, BuzzFeed, 22/09/2010 Protesting anti-piracy actions by large corporate entities DDoS, unauthorised access, data leak Website taken offline, Published company emails and names of 5300 people accused of illegally downloading “pr0n”
Payback (Avenge Assange) Paypal 6-9 December 2010 “Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'”, The Register, 06/12/2010 “Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks”, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, 19/07/2011 “FBI Cracks Down on 'Anonymous' Over PayPal Hacking, Arrests 14”, International Business Times, 20/07/2011 Retaliation for blocking WikiLeaks donations DDoS Reported that the attack lasted about 8 hours and resulted in numerous disruptions. There was no substantial clarification in what these disruptions entailed. 14 alleged members of anonymous charged for intentional damage to protected computers, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years (5 for conspiracy) imprisonment and a $250000 fine.
Payback (Avenge Assange) Mastercard, Visa, Swedish prosecutor’s office, Sara Palin website 8-9 December 2010 “'Anonymous' hackers hit Visa, Mastercard and Sarah Palin in WikiLeaks revenge”, The Australian, 09/12/2010 Retaliation for blocking WikiLeaks donations DDoS Mastercard’s main site was down for 7 hours on the 8th. Visa’s site was down for 2> hours on the 9th. Sara Palin’s site was down for 6 minutes; additionally, her and her husband’s bank accounts were disrupted. Swedish prosecutor’s office website was taken offline for an unspecified period of time. “Icelandic firm DataCell said it would sue Visa for blocking payments to WikiLeaks and accused the credit card giant of bowing to political pressure.”
Turkish Takedown Thursday Turkish government websites July 2011 “Anonymous Attacks Turkish Websites Again”, PCWorld, 07/07/2011 Protest internet filtering DDoS, unauthorised access, data theft, data leak, defacement Claim to have stolen data from over 100 Turkish websites and defaced 74 government websites for an unspecified period of time.
Syria Syria's Ministry of Defense website August 2011 “Syria Is Hacked By Anonymous, And Pressed By Gulf Allies”, the two-way, 08/08/2011 Protesting level of government monitoring and injuries/deaths of protesters Unauthorised access, modification of data, defacement Put caricatures of the president Bashar Assaad on the defaced websites, protest messages, and an interactive map of those reportedly killed during protests. Sites remained defaced for an unspecified period of time.
Brotherhood Takedown Muslim Brotherhood websites 12 November 2011 ““Operation Brotherhood Shutdown : Multiple Sites taken down by Anonymous Hackers”, The Hacker News, 12/11/2011 “The Muslim Brotherhood has become a threat to the revolution Egyptians had fought for” DDoS Four websites were temporarily taken down by an attack of approx. 380 thousand hits/second. Down time unspecified.
Megaupload US Department of Justice, Universal Music, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Early-Mid January 2012 “Anonymous's release of Met and FBI call puts hacker group back centre stage”, The Guardian, 03/02/2012 Protest over the closure on criminal charges of the Megaupload filesharing website. DDoS Websites offline temporarily Part of the growing rift between Hollywood and the online pirating community.
Trial At Home Websites of the UK prime minister, UK Ministry of Justice and UK Home Office 7 April 2012 “Anonymous Claims Home Office Website Takedown”, Silicon, 08/04/2012 “Anonymous attacks government sites over extradition”, ZDNet, 10/04/2012 Protest extraditions of Gary McKinnon, Christopher Tappin and Richard O'Dwyer to the US DDoS Websites offline temporarily
Hong Kong Chinese government websites 2 October 2014 “Anonymous Hackers Threaten Web War Against Hong Kong Police and Government”, International Business Times, 02/10/2014 “#OpHK aka Operation Hong Kong: Anonymous hacks Chinese Government website”, TechWorm, 07/10/2014 Support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. While the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are protesting on land, hacktivists from around the globe have joined together to support the protesters in their fright for democracy. DDoS, defacement Websites offline temporarily
Charlie Hebdo Al-Queda, the Islamic State and other Terrorist organisations who impair freedom of speech. Threats also made to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries supporting ISIS. 10 January 2015 “Anonymous 'hacktivists' attack ISIS - strike down terrorist propaganda and recruitment sites”, Mirror UK, 09/01/2015 “Anonymous claims first victim in 'Operation Charlie Hebdo'”, Mashable, 11/01/2015 The Charlie Hebdo newspaper premises’ shooting and terrorist attacks in Paris on 7 February 2015, which according to Anonymous was an attack on freedom of speech and democracy. DDoS was down for more than an hour.
DeathEaters UK high-profile paedophilic ring 23 January 2015 “Hacking group Anonymous to target paedophiles using the ‘dark web’ to carry out child abuse”, Daily Mail Australia, 25/01/2015 “Anonymous calls for activists to help expose international paedophile networks with 'Operation DeathEaters'”, The Independent UK, 23/01/2015 Protest extraditions of Gary McKinnon, Christopher Tappin and Richard O'Dwyer to the US DDoS Websites offline temporarily
Comelec Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) 27 March 2016 “IT grad, 23, arrested for Comelec website hack”, Philstar, 22/04/2016 “Anonymous PH hacks Comelec website”, CNN Philippines, 29/03/2016 Show vulnerabilities in Philippine vote counting machines Unauthorised access, data leak, defacement Comelec website defaced, leak of voters' personal information to Paul Biteng, a 20-year old information technology (IT) graduate and one of the hackers of the COMELEC, website was soon arrested by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents.
Darknet Relaunch Freedom Hosting II 27 March 2016 “Anonymous hacker knocks 20pc of dark web offline in campaign against child pornography”, The Telegraph, 06/02/2017 “An Anonymous group just took down a fifth of the dark web”, The Verge, 03/02/2017 “Anonymous hackers shut down Freedom Hosting II, the largest host of dark web sites”, International Business Times, 04/02/2017 Disrupt the trade of child pornography on darknet Unauthorised access, data theft, defacement 10,000 darknet websites defaced, 75GB of files and 2.6GB of databases stolen "In the message, the group offers to sell the compromised data back to Freedom Hosting II in exchange for 0.1 bitcoin, or just over $100, although it is unclear whether the offer is in earnest."