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NATO probes Anonymous hackers' claims

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, July 21, IRNA -- NATO is investigating claims by the computer hacking group Anonymous that it has broken into NATO servers and released confidential documents on its website, German press reports said Thursday.

An unnamed NATO spokesman confirmed the western military alliance was probing the allegations made by Anonymous.

'NATO is aware that a hackers group has released what it claims to be NATO classified documents on the Internet,' he said.

'NATO security experts are investigating these claims. We strongly condemn any leak of classified documents, which can potentially endanger the security of NATO Allies, armed forces and citizens.'

Anonymous made the claims via its Twitter account earlier in the day.

'Yes, NATO was breached. And we have lots of restricted material… In the next days, wait for interesting data,' it said.

We are sitting on about one gigabyte of data from NATO now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible.'

Anonymous also posted links to two documents.

The first, going back to 2007 and marked 'NATO Restricted,' purports to be a working paper on communication systems at the Joint Communications Control Center for ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

The second document, dated 2008 and also highlighted 'NATO Restricted,' includes proposals for outsourcing communications systems for NATO forces in Kosovo.

Anonymous had sharply criticized NATO after being singled out in a report by the western military pact as a threat 'to government and the people.'

The hacking group warned NATO not to 'make the mistake of challenging Anonymous.'

'Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake,' it was quoted saying.

'The only threat transparency poses to government is to threaten government's ability to act in a manner which the people would disagree with, without having to face democratic consequences and accountability for such behaviour,' it said.

A number of people, suspected of being Anonymous members, have been recently arrested in worldwide raids, including in the US, the Netherlands and Britain.



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