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Anonymous Leaks 2,700 Hacked Tunisian Government Emails

Anonymous, the group of online activists and hackers, has struck once more against a government regime.

This morning we heard news that the collective had hit the UK's home office website with a distributed denial-of-service attack that downed it for a time over the weekend - and more of these DDoS hits are to follow, Anonymous promises.

Meanwhile, over in Tunisia - a country that Anonymous has also attacked before - there's been another incident, this time involving the hacking of government emails.

Apparently Anonymous managed to hack the ruling party's email accounts, including the prime minister's, and the group has leaked some 2,700 emails online. The mails are alleged to contain a number of sensitive pieces of information, including details of phone numbers, election campaign invoices and bank transactions.

Anonymous is pushing against internet censorship in Tunisia, and promised: "To the Tunisian government, we have kept a large part of your data secret. If you do not wish to see these published on the internet we ask you to work to the best of your ability to avoid internet censorship and to respect human rights and the freedom of expression in Tunisia."

So, more emails could be about to get spilled. Government officials haven't commented on the actual data breach, or how it occurred, but have said that many of the emails appear to be old ones (potentially from before Hamadi Jebali became PM).

Source: Reuters (opens in new tab)

Darren Allan

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