PayPal, Symantec hacked as Anonymous begins November 5 hacking spree


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[Symantec has not issued a confirmation or denial about this, nor have the responded to the author.]

The press arm for Anonymous has announced that it has begun its hacking spree for the 5th of November - Guy Fawkes Day.

Claims are circulating that hackers - some affilaited with Anonymous, and some not - have dumped user and employee account information on accounts from PayPal, Symantec, the defacement of Saturday Night Live's website, Australian government websites and much more.

CLARIFICATION: Claim for Symantec goes to @Doxbin, and they have stated that "HTP is not affiliated with Anonymous."

UPDATE Nov. 4, 10:20 PM PSTAnonymous has claimed a document dump on The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) "the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization."

UPDATE Nov. 5, 12:20 AM PST: Reagrding Anonymous' post of docs and statement it hacked PayPal, PayPal's head of PR has tweeted that there is "no evidence to validate this claim." Yet at the time of this writing Anonymous Australia posted this URL to a PrivatePaste page - linking to five pages of data on an estimated 27,935 PayPal accounts. Within the past few hours that PrivatePaste page has since been removed. 

UPDATE Nov. 5, 11:38 AM PST: PayPal has responded to request for comment and Anuj Nayar (PayPal's Senior Director of Communications) tells me via email, "It appears that the exploit was not directed at PayPal after all, it was directed at a company called ZPanel. The original  story that started this and was retweeted by some of the Anonymous Twitter handles has now been updated." PayPal sent me this link to Cyberwars' newly updated post (the primary post information originated from).

/End updates

Monday's main focus seems to be an anti-suveillance protest - like with the recent Anonymous October 20 protest - with November 5th intent aimed at surveillance systems such as TrapWire and INDECT.

Trapwire and INDECT's opponents believe that the surveillance systems to be direct threats to privacy and certain civil freedoms and that their implementation could constitute human rights violations.

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