The latest victim of Anonymous hackers’ movement has become a US security company making tear gas that’s been used against Egyptian demonstrators. The attack was implemented on a Valentine’s Day, promising more such attacks with a tweet: "Stay tuned for more Valentine's Day Hacks. Have you enjoyed the show so far?"
The hackers have announced that they’d broken into the website of Combined Systems Inc's and moreover, have stolen and published all the confidential information, including the personal data of the employees and customers of Jamestown, Pennsylvania-based Company. The aim of the attack was a protest against the company, which the hackers believe is run by war profiteers who sell "mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world".
Putting out the company's website, the hackers also slammed the tear gas manufacturer over apparent war profiteering on protests in Egypt and Egypt, Bahrain, and the US by selling tear gas to Mubarak’s government or the country’s current ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The statement by the hackers read:
"You shot and gassed protesters, running them off public parks in the US. Several dozen died because of your tear gas used in Egypt. Did you think we forgot? Why did you not expect us?
Combined Systems, lay down your arms: you just lost the game. In the past we have marched on your offices in Jamestown, Pennsylvania: now it is time to march on your websites."
The latest attack has mainly been credited by protests commemorating the first anniversary the uprising in Bahrain, where the activists called for demonstrations from Sunday to Tuesday to commemorate the Shiite-dominated protest that erupted last year, when at least 40 people have been killed during months of unprecedented political unrest. The main Bahrain government website was also down for about an hour, but later appeared to be functioning normally. It wasn't clear whether the problem stemmed from any kind of cyber-attack or was this just a coincidence.
The group has previously closed down the websites of: US DOJ – in protest of SOPA , FBI and more, and is charge of a series of web attacks worldwide and has especially concentrated on security companies, law enforcement and governmental organizations. The most famous but still anonymous hacker group has habitually collaborated with Occupy movement in the US and has expressed solidarity to pro-democracy activists through the Arab world.