Anonymous hacks websites of the Colombian government and army; confidential information leaked

A hacker group identified as Anonymous Colombia claims to have removed multiple websites from the South American government to filter sensitive data from the Colombian National Army and Senate. This revelation was posted through a Twitter account allegedly controlled by the hacktivism group.

In subsequent publications, alleged hackers claimed to have obtained confidential information after deploying multiple cyberattacks against Colombian government institutions, filtering about 150 emails and a list of usernames and passwords. The hacking group added that these attacks are a response to the protesters’ crackdown on recent decisions by the Colombian government.

Recently Colombian President Ivan Duque asked Congress to dismiss a controversial tax reform project after a day of protests at the national level. Local and international media say at least 12 people were killed during the protests, and around 400 arrests were made.

Social demonstrations began last Wednesday after the presentation to the Colombian Congress of the Sustainable Solidarity Law, a project with which the current government sought to increase revenue to deal with the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. This project was especially aggressive with the working class, so the protests were not kept waiting.

President Duque had no choice but to step back and announce the development of a new bill, seeking to eliminate the most controversial points presented in the Sustainable Solidarity Act. However, the Colombian government still had to rise about $6 billion USD, not to mention the accusations on police brutality and possible crimes against human rights now faced by the country’s armed forces.

Diego Molano, Ecuador’s defense minister says the army is only providing temporary support to local authorities in the territories with more protests, although protests and accusations do not stop.

It is still unknown whether websites that remain out of service were actually attacked by a cell of the popular hacking group, although the cybersecurity community believes this is highly possible despite the noticeable decline in Anonymous’ activities over the past few years. To learn more about information security risks, malware variants, vulnerabilities and information technologies, feel free to access the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) websites.