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Anonymous Launches Operation Pakistan (#OpPakistan) Amid Pakistani Anti-Government Clashes

The Anonymous hacker group is targeting Pakistani government web sites as they launch the #OpPakistan campaign amid anti-government clashes with Pakistani law enforcement, according to their web site.

Nearly three weeks have passed since opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led the protests against Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif. They demanded the resignation of the Pakistani PM due to voting fraud in last years’ election.

Photo credit: Operation Pakistan web site

“We will begin at once assisting the peaceful protesters in Pakistan with every tool and tactic at our disposal,” Anonymous said in a press release. “As for the criminal security and military forces who have so barbarically attacked your own people in Pakistan, we will collect evidence of your crimes and deal with you in the time and manner of our choosing.”

The campaign includes breaches, leaks, DDoS attacks and defacement of Pakistani government targeted web sites. “Any government website, with special focus on security forces and the Prime Minister,” the campaign info page read.

The first and most damaging part of the campaign is the leak of government bank records that contain names, bank branches, account numbers and registration numbers of more than 22,000 individuals.

The Faisalabad Police Department also lost details such as names, emails, addresses, phone numbers and CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card) numbers of more than 100 law enforcement individuals.

Another leak affected the Pakistani Federal Public Service Commission, which had its login information and encrypted passwords posted on Ghostbin.

The Anonymous also leaked emails, encrypted passwords, user names and SQL database login credentials from the Center for International Strategic Studies, Transparency International – Pakistan and the Pakistani Government.

Another branch of the operation likely came in form of the DDoS attacks against Pakistani government web sites, as at the time of the writing two Pakistani government web sites were down due to DDoS attacks.

The group also announced Twitter a petition aiming “To Remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif From Power.”

A week ago Time Magazine reported that Pakistani clashes between anti-governmental protesters and law enforcement claimed three dead and close to 400 wounded.

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Lucian Ciolacu

Still the youngest Bitdefender News writer, Lucian is constantly after flash news in the security industry, especially when something is vulnerable or exploited. Besides digging for 'hacker' scoops and data leaks, he enjoys sports, such as football and tennis.
He has also combined an interest for social and political sciences, as a graduate of the Political Science Faculty, with a passion for guitar and computer games.