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Anonymous Finland Claims Campaign to Fight Racism

Hackers against extremism, police against secrecy

 The Finnish wing of Anonymous says it will press its stated aim of annihilating extremist organizations in the country with a series of actions that, according to self-described members of the branch, opposes “racial hatred.”

The wing successfully broke into the database of the Suomen Kansallinen Vastarinta (Movement of National Resistance) party Oct. 31, and released a list of members and applicants, with personal data such as name, location, age, contact details, and the reasons for supporting the party.

The hacking group joined operation #AntiSec on Nov. 4 to “externally support the hacking of several Finnish websites’ databases containing personal and sensitive info of thousands of citizens residing in Finland and temporarily released them on the web,” according to a release. The group also claims responsibility for leaking sensitive data of 16,000 people it obtained via simple SQL injections from Finnish authorities, companies and institutions.

The recently launched Operation Valkommaa purports that “We have seen the birth of groups and political movements and apparition of political figures who support racist ideologies and foster and encourage racial hatred through flamboyant rhetoric, people and movements who – and We are absolutely sure of it – would switch from words to extreme violent action towards foreigners if they had the means to do so and a massive support at their back.”

It is interesting to note that this would be the first major action taken by Anonymous Finland, although in a subsequent message on the same day, another voice claiming to belong to the group denied the attack and qualified AntiSec as “childish,” and “nothing but a bunch of bought exploits.”

Even more noteworthy is the decision of the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation to make public a 300-page abridged version (comprising the date of birth and first name) of the leaked data of the 16,000 people on its own Web site (in Finnish). Rumors say this actually lead to an involuntary DoS on the site. According to an ongoing police investigation, the personal details were stolen from adult and continue education organizations. The Finnish Student Alliance has confirmed that some of the data was obtained from its network.

Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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