FBI directing cyber attacks against foreign targets

Hacker Jeremy Hammond of the distributed group “Anonymous” speaks in court, names entities that FBI informant had him target. Implication: if true, suggests that a US government agency specifically targeted foreign targets of interest.

In court, Hammond said that “these intrusions, all of which were suggested by Sabu while cooperating with the FBI, affected thousands of domain names and consisted largely of foreign government websites, including those of Turkey, Iran—” before the judge cut him off and said that the list of targets was to be redacted.

A more specific list of ostensible targets is as follows:

…the official website of the Governor of Puerto Rico, the Internal Affairs Division of the Military Police of Brazil, the official website of the Crown Prince of Kuwait, the Tax Department of Turkey, the Iranian Academic Center for Education and Cultural Research, the Polish Embassy in the UK, and the Ministry of Electricity of Iraq.

All should be taken with grain of salt. Maybe the FBI informant wasn’t really acting on the FBI’s behalf; maybe Hammond is exaggerating or lying; or maybe the FBI really did have Hammond infiltrate servers of interest, feeding the security credentials back to the informant and ultimately back to the FBI.

If the implications here are true, I have to also wonder why the FBI would do this (as a domestic investigative and law enforcement agency).

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