Brussels — The computer hacker group Anonymous yesterday claimed to have broken into Nato servers and acquired “lots of restricted materials.” It published eased two documents online appearing to stem from committees of the military alliance’s council of ambassadors.
“Yes, Nato was breached,” Anonymous wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter. “And we have lots of restricted material ... In the next days, wait for interesting data.” “We are sitting on about one gigabyte of data from Nato now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible,” the hacking group added later.
It did post a 36-page document dated August 2007 — titled “CIS Support for New HQ ISAF Joint CIS Control Centre” — along with a 10-page document dated January 2008 and titled “Outsourcing of Balkans CIS Support.” CIS typically stands for communication and information systems.
ISAF is the Nato-led mission in Afghanistan. Both documents feature Nato logos and “Nato Restricted” headers, but their validity could not immediately be verified. They
were released on a Belgian national holiday, with Nato headquarters closed. — dpa