Many-headed hacking hydra Anonymous has started releasing files stolen from the web site of an Italian law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the population from Internet attacks.
The hackers have started releasing evidence of the claimed 8GB of data stolen from the Centro Nazionale Anticrimine Informatico per la Protezione delle Infrastrutture Critiche (CNAIPIC) and given to the hacktivism-non-group by a 'source,' according to the BBC.
The image files posted to Pastebin show directory listings containing hundreds of PDF files purported to contain sensitive information lifted from the cybercime organisation's site.
In a statement jointly posted by Anonymous and the supposedly defunct LuzSec communities, the hackers write: "This is a prerelease of a series we are going to make to reveal the biggest in history of European LE cyber operation Evidence exploitation and abuse. Thing's gonna get published and twittered all over anonymous and lulzsec community."
In some uncharacteristically clumsy English, the statement continues: "Today we were granted with the Italian law enforcement Pandora box, we really think it shall be a new era of 'regreaissance' to the almighty Homeland Security Cyber Operation Unit in EU.
So we decided to leak everything they got since they were established as a full scale cyber taskforce named CNAIPIC."
The hackers say the CNAIPIC has been illegally collecting information from seized computers for years, and that the stolen files conatine information on Egypt's Ministry of Transport and Communication, Australia's Ministry of Defence, a number of Russian government organisations, several foreign embassies on Ukranian soil as well as hundreds of documents relating to well-known law firms and giant international corporations.
The Pastebin posting contains links to various web depositories containing sample files from the haul to which, for legal reasons, we will not be linking.
Although not mentioned in the statement, the attack is thought to be related to the arrest of several alleged Anonymous members recently made by the Italian authorities.