Yesterday morning an email was issued from an account claiming to be linked to the Anonymous hacktivist collective. It gives the following formation:
- Dates of two upcoming planned ‘Anonymous’ protests: OCCUPY HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN LONDON ON NOVEMBER 5, 2012; and, OCCUPY CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON D.C. ON NOVEMBER 11, 2012
- It asks recipients to watch a video named "Nazi Banksters Crimes Ripple Effect"
- A link is provided for several event flyers which it asks recipients to print and distribute.
- It asks recipients to forward the message to their friends in order to spread the message.
Although ‘Anonymous’ is capable of some successes such as the Stratfor hack, in general it is far less threatening than it appears, with the majority of hacktivists having very low levels of capability. It appears that this message has in fact been sent directly to victims of the Stratfor hack, but as the list of subscribers was openly published, this does of course mean that anybody could be responsible for the emails, not just a computer literate Anonymous hacktivist. It is therefore assessed to be merely an attempt to spread fear and propaganda, with little real substance, although events are indeed planned on the dates identified.
Retail security professionals who receive this email should be advised that that their previous subscription to Stratfor is more than likely the reason why they have received the email, and that security does not appear to have been further breached. We will continue to monitor the issue closely and will report on any important further updates in due course.