Hacktivist group says 14GB of data includes evidence that Bank of America engaged in an effort to "spy and collect information on private citizens."
Par:AnoIA, a group that identifies itself as the Anonymous Intelligence Agency, said in a press release (PDF) yesterday that it had released 14 gigabytes of data on hundreds of thousands of executives at companies around the world, including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and TEKSystems, which the hackvisit collective claims was hired last year to spy on hackers and social activists.
The group says the data was not acquired during a hack but rather was retrieved from an unsecured server in Israel.
The documents leaked by Anonymous include "intelligence" reports allegedly compiled by TEKSystems on "daily cyber threats" from around the world and Internet activity related to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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The group said the data retrieved revealed research methodology that was "sloppy, random, and valueless."
CNET has contacted Bank of America for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
The data dump comes three weeks after the U.S. Federal Reserve confirmed that one of its internal Web sites had been hacked, a breach that appears to have occurred around the same time that Anonymous published log-in and private information from more than 4,000 U.S. bank executive accounts.
Bank of America raised the ire of Anonymous in 2010 when it announced that it would no longer process payments for WikiLeaks. Earlier moves by MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal resulted in retaliatory cyberattacks by the hacker group.