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Anonymous Releases Details of US, UK and NATO Officials

According to reports, after successfully hacking into a US intelligence analysis firm, Stratfor, during Christmas, ‘anonymous' hackers posted online details of US, British and NATO officials.

Details of around 242 NATO officials and 221 British military staff have been leaked online by members of the alleged anonymous group. The information disclosed include email addresses as well as encrypted passwords that belong to intelligence, defence and police officials of Britain besides politicians and NATO advisers.

According to an analysis by an expert in cyber security at US Cyber Consequences Unit, John Bumgarner, details that have been posted online include "details of hundreds of UK government officials, some of whom work in sensitive areas," reports The Guardian (opens in new tab).

Personal details of former US vice-president Dan Quayle as well as former secretary of state Henry Kissinger along with details of 173 personals serving in Afghanistan have also been leaked. Almost 19,000 email addresses of US military personnel were hacked.

On the other hand, advisers of Britain's Joint Intelligence Organisation, sensitive information of Prime Minister David Cameron besides 221 military officials and 242 NATO staff became the victim of this hacking.

A spokesman for British government commented that, "At present, there is no indication of any threat to UK government systems."

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