Online hacking group Anonymous is taking responsibility for breaching U.S. Census Bureau databases and posting what looks like personally identifiable information on various federal and state government employees. In a tweet Wednesday, the collective posted a link to a website that houses four large text documents that appear to include the names, email addresses, work addresses and office phone numbers for thousands of current and former federal employees. One of the documents also appears to list information on employees in a number of different states, as well as information on employees of private accounting and auditing firms across the country. Another document also seems to show password hashes of database users, along with a library of various Oracle database utilities and files. In a statement to FedScoop, Census spokesman Michael Cook said the bureau is investigating “unauthorized access to non-confidential information on an external system that is not part of the Census Bureau internal network.” Access to that system has been restricted as part of the bureau’s investigation. The breach was first reported by the U.K. edition of the International Business Times. The bureau did not comment on whether they discovered the hack themselves or were alerted by another agency. […]
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