[Ppnews] Anonymous Vandalizes US Prison Contractors' Site
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Fri Feb 24 16:11:15 EST 2012
Anonymous Vandalizes US Prison Contractors' Site
By RAPHAEL SATTER Associated Press
LONDON February 24, 2012 (AP)
The website of an international prison contractor
was defaced by hackers who on Friday replaced the
company's home page with a hip-hop homage devoted
to former death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal.
Hackers allied to the loose-knit Anonymous
movement claimed responsibility for vandalizing
the site of Boca Raton, Florida-based GEO Group
Inc., which manages some 60 custodial facilities
in Europe, North America, Australia and South Africa.
A call to the GEO Group Inc. was routed to The
GEO Group Foundation, a charitable organization
linked to the company. The foundation's Abraham
Cohen refused to discuss the attack, asking that
questions be submitted in writing to the
foundation's Executive Director Pablo Paez.
Paez didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
Anonymous said in a statement posted to the
stricken website that its hack was "part of our
ongoing efforts to dismantle the prison industrial complex."
Earlier Friday, Anonymous claimed credit for
defacing the website of a Dayton, Ohio-based
chapter of Infragard, a public-private
partnership for critical infrastructure
protection sponsored by the FBI. The group's site
was replaced by a video of Coolio's 1995 rap hit, "Gangsta's Paradise."
The FBI declined to comment on that attack.
Anonymous, an amorphous collection of activists
and Internet mischief-makers, has increasingly
focused its energy on military, police and
security companies in recent months. Among its
most spectacular coups: The interception of a
conference call between FBI and Scotland Yard
cyber-investigators working to track them down.
At least one element within the group has
promised weekly attacks on government-linked targets.
Hacker campaign targets US prison contractor
(AFP) 15 minutes ago
SAN FRANCISCO Hacker group Anonymous on Friday
vandalized the website of a major US prison
contractor in the latest salvo in an anti-police campaign.
Anonymous subgroup "Antisec" took credit for
replacing The Geo Group website home page with a
rap song dedicated in part to convicted murderer
[sic] Mumia Abu-Jamal and a message condemning
prisons and policing in the United States.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose birth name is Wesley Cook,
is a former Black Panther and radio journalist
serving a life sentence for the 1981 shooting
death of a police officer in Philadelphia.
Activists around the world have rallied in
support of the former Death Row inmate, who they
contend fell prey to racism in the justice system.
"As part of our ongoing efforts to dismantle the
prison industrial complex, we attacked one of the
largest private prison corporations in the US -
Geo Group," Anonymous said in a message posted at the Geo Group website.
"We are acting in solidarity with all those who
have ever been wrongfully profiled, arrested,
brutalized, incarcerated, and have had all
dignity and humanity stripped from them as they
are cast into the gulags of America."
The Geo Group manages prisons, mental health
facilities, or detention centers in Australia,
Britain, South Africa, and North America. The
corporation reported $77.5 million in net profit
on $1.6 billion in revenue last year.
Anonymous took credit Thursday for an online raid
of the Los Angeles Police Canine Association and
the posting of personal and potentially embarrassing information.
"Over the past three weeks, we in the cabin have
been targeting law enforcement sites across the
United States," hackers said in a message atop a
file at <http://Pastebin.com>Pastebin.com
containing officers' addresses, phone numbers and more.
"Be it for injustices they have allowed through
ignorance or naivety, taken part in, or to point
out the fact that their insecurity failed to
protect the safety of those they took an oath to
serve," the group said of its motives.
The hackers claimed to have gotten the addresses
of more than 1,000 officers along with
information from police warrants and court
summonses as well as about informants in their
weeks-long series of attacks on police computers.
Anonymous law enforcement targets in recent weeks
have included the websites of the Central
Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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