Thursday, November 29, 2012

Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (

firefox-gray It is time to visit Syria. We present you one gigabyte of internal government emails from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nicely parsed and rendered for our Email Viewer. Or, if you prefer, you can download the compressed MBOX archive to import into the mail client of your choice for easy local viewing.
Within the stash you will find details about cargo flights from Russia, each containing 30 tons of fresh Syrian Cash, as ProPublica has already reported today. Furthermore you will find lulzy documents such as scanned passports from Syrian ministers (PDF) and details about arms transportation from Ukraine, as shown in our teaser here (email/txt) and here (overflight permission for Iran, PDF). Most of the material is in Arabic and we invite all arabic speakers to look through the mails for interesting documents. Feel free to contact us on IRC if you have information or questions.
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firefox-gray If you have followed the previous OSCE release, you will have seen the article Jeffrey Carr wrote. Today we were notified that OSCE has shut down its Austrian servers after the article was published.
Frane Maroevic, Deputy Head of Press and Information for the OSCE stated that "due to the sensitivity of the issue, the OSCE was unable to comment any further". Let us comment then, with another 55mb of internal documents from OSCE Vienna, dating upto today (November 11th), two days after the publication of Jeffrey's article. Again, many of the documents are marked as restricted; for example the report on "Efforts in the field of arms control agreements and confidence– and security–building measures" (PDF, 150kb) which concludes unsurprisingly that the meeting's result was "below expectations".
We can't help to notice the irony of this release, as the OSCE is currently running a program to train Ukrainian police in Cybercrime (translation). Maybe the OSCE can include this incident in their program; Monday would be a good idea, because the OSCE Informal Working Group 1039 will have a meeting on cyber security as we can see in this restricted document (PDF, 450kb).
The source of the data has provided a statement along with the files. As usual, feel free to browse the files using the links below. Most documents are English, some Russian; many restricted and you'll find things like scans of diplomatic passports as well.
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Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Vienna (

firefox-gray On our worldwide tour we stop in Austria today, more precisely at the OSCE Office in Vienna, to present you a small but nonetheless interesting dump of internal files from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Check a preview of the data here (imgur).
The material was presented to us to bring attention to the attempted election manipulation in the Ukraine; the following statement was released with the data:
As you may all know the situation in Ukraine is getting worse; today the opposition force VO BATKIVSHYNA initiated the revokation of its candidates. This statement was made by Anatoly Gritsenko, one of the opposition leaders heavily supported by the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and massive funding by the FSB operatives.

This is all done to cancel the results of this election and initiate procedures to start new election campaign - with only one intent to drain resources from the opposition (which has no money for the 2nd tour) so the Russian government and the rulling party of Ukraine eventualy win the 2nd tour with great leverage.

Anatoly Gritsenko and Arseny Yatsenyuk are engaged in cooperative tactial destruction of the Real Opposition forces, acting on behalf of former president Leonid Kuchma and the rulling party. We cannot let this happen, there should be no 2nd tour of elections, otherwise Ukraine becomes the gang-rapped puppet of the Russian Empire.

OSCE mission was to protect the elections and report evidence of massive falsifications and violations, but they failed to do so by issuing statements that the elections did go the right way with minimum violations. We can not tollerate mass murder of Ukraine Democracy and we do not tollerate Rusian pressure on OSCE with intend to cover up the violations of election procedures.

While the data retrieved does not specifically relate to this incident, it shows a lot of internal dealings within the OSCE, many of the documents are classified or confidential. Most of the data is in English but there are also German files within the stash. As usual, feel free to browse and download the files using the links below.
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Italian State Police (

firefox-grayToday we are in Italy. Anonymous sources have retrived 1.35 Gigabyte from the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato).
Obviously the data is in Italian, thus limited information is available at this time. But several Italian researchers are busy with assessing the material already. We like to point out the sample folder which contains assorted material from the archives, like details about wiretaps from Telcom Italia and confidential technical information about interception devices. An Italian statement about the release can be found here.
Feel free to use the links at the bottom to explore the data, especially if you speak Italian. We will update this section when new relevant information comes up.

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UPDATE Nov 6, 2012: The independent media organization Associated Whistle Press ( have taken a closer look at a police about the massive demonstration 2011 in Rome.

Chamber of Mines of South Africa (

firefox-grayFor about two months miners in South Africa are striking for better payment and working conditions. On October 5th 2012, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world’s largest platinum producer, fired 12,000 workers, because they refused to appear in a disciplinary hearing. Read some news articles about it here or here. For background information on the five largest South African Mines impacted by the strikes, read this article on Forbes.
A pack of renegade kittens has looked into the Chamber Of Mines of South Africa to get some information on how the industry is seeing this issue. They passed on a small archive of files (23mb total) which contains a number of documents that seem relevant in this light. For instance, you might want to read a report by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) about fatalities due to rockfalls and falls to ground.
Among the data you will find some confidential and strictly confidential classified material such as the MHSC Annual Report 2011/2012 or information requested by the Gold Producers Commitee about the terms and conditions of Rock Drill Operators.
It is possible that more documents will emerge in the near future so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime feel free to use the information as you see fit.
UPDATE Nov 6, 2012: The independent media organization Associated Whistle Press ( have taken a closer look at the accident report due to rockfalls by the MHSC:

Chinese Ministry of Commerce (

firefox-grayOn October 11th, 2012, Anonymous gained access to the servers of the Chinese Ministry of commerce and extracted 374mb of documents. A lot of them contain details about deals with Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The documents are partly in English, Russian and Chinese.
Not all documents have been assessed yet but the Russian press already noted that one document, obtained from the Chinese foreign office in Minsk indicates relations between the notorious Russian mob boss Marat Balagula and high ranking Ukrainian politicians. Find the original news in Russian here, for the Google translation click here. Another noteworthy article on that can be found on (English translation).
We will update this section when new information is available.

NYPD Video Footage of 2011 OWS Zuccotti Park Eviction

firefox-grayOn November 15th, 2011, the New York Police Department (NYPD) surrounded the original #OccupyWallStreet encampment in the heart of New York's Financial District, arrested all who remained in the park, and threw the personal belongings of protesters and the community into NYC garbage trucks.
Before the raid, the NYPD cordoned-off Zuccotti Park and kept the media a few blocks away, out of sight of the eviction, a matter of widespread concern at the time:
"Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site", Brian Stelter and Al Baker, New York Times Media Decoder blog, 15 November 2011
Occupy Wall Street: NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park", Dominic Rushe, The Guardian, 15 November 2011
"The NYPD Didn't Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted", The Gothamist, 15 November 2011
During the night's events, members of the NYPD's Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) shot over 60 hours of handheld, monopod-based and CCTV video footage. Few independent media livestreamers and protesters were able to get footage during the November 15th raid and eviction, making the NYPD's own video an important part of the historical record. A 16-minute compilation was uploaded to YouTube on September 24th, 2012.
It seems the most likely source of the footage, released by Anonymous on September 23rd, 2012, was a "discovery" process in one of the many court cases against the NYPD by Occupy Wall Street protesters.
From experience, this makes it likely that the footage the police surrendered to the court is incomplete. Some officer cameras may not be included, some video files may have been withheld or edited, and officers filming may have chosen on the scene not to film parts of the events.
This browsable 11GB release of TARU files includes video footage from 12 officer cameras and 2 CCTV cameras, arranged in 20 main directories named after the officer/CCTV and location. The directory tree contains 70 video files and 20 JPG image files, with the majority of video files are in *.mov format. The CCTV footage is offered in *.asx format.
GET INVOLVED! A documentation project to watch and categorize the footage, note officer badge numbers and significant events, is underway. Join the team on in channel #a99.

Innodata Isogen Databreach: Part II

firefox-grayOn September 23rd 2012 Anonymous released part two of the Innodata Isogen files. These are two RAR archives, totalling in 600 Megabyte of documents which we inflated and release as direct download for easy access. Please use the links on the left to access the data. The files have not been assessed yet and have NOT been scanned for malware so please proceed with the usual caution.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia (

firefox-grayOn September 10th 2012 Anonymous released two archives containing material from the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign affairs. The files were initially released on depositfiles, you can find the links here. We have mirrored the files and inflated the archives for easy access to all documents.
So far, only a fraction of the material has been looked at and while many of the documents are in English, at least as many are in other languages like Hindi, Khmer or Russian. It may take a while until the full scope and value of this data has been assessed.
However, even a quick look over the data revealed some interesting documents. For instance we can learn that the Indian Embassy ordered CCTV equipment from Eversafe Nepal Pvt. Ltd. The documents contains technical specifications of all components and prices: (click on the image to download the full document (Microsoft Word .doc)

From the preview you may have already seen this document containing a report about drug traficking in Biratnagar, Nepal. Find page two of this report here.
And for the lulz lizards it looks like some high ranking officials of the Nepalese Army have been doxed (PDF).
We will update you with further information on this leak as documents get translated and evaluated. In the meantime feel free to scan through the archives yourself.

Apple unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs)

firefox-grayOn September 3rd 2012 AntiSec/Anonymous released a file containing one million Apple UDIDs (Unique Device Identifiers) with corresponding username and device type. The data was involuntarily provided by Special Agent Christopher Stangl, whose notebook was breached by AntiSec in March 2012. Among the data on his notebook was a file named NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv which contained a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers and addresses.
The data was sanitized before release so that no personal information like emails, addresses or cellphone numbers were disclosed. We are currently working on presenting the data in a browsable way, in the meantime you can check on if your UDID is included in the list.
UPDATE 09/04 21:35 GMT The FBI has released a statement saying that "at this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.".
We would like to point out that at this time, we have no reason to doubt the claim that the data in question was indeed obtained from the agent's notebook. The fact that the FBI has no "evidence" of a databreach on one of their notebooks does not allow the conclusion that it never happened.
Furthermore, based on our experience in the recent years the FBI cannot be trusted in their statements anyway. It should be pointed out that it wouldn't be the first time they are caught in a lie, the most recent example can be shown in the Stratfor incident in December 2011: In a New York Times article it was stated that "The F.B.I. said that it immediately notified Stratfor, but said that at that point it was too late.". This can be easily disproven by reading Jeremy Hammond's indictment where it's clearly stated that the FBI knew as early as December 6th about the Stratfor breach but no data was compromised or stolen until three weeks later.
Therefore we have no reason to believe the FBI's statement more than our sources. In fact, our sources have proven to be more trustworthy and reliable than any Government agency in the recent years. If the data in question was indeed obtained illegaly the FBI has no choice but to deny any knowledge; if it breaks down it is better to blame a "renegade agent". May that be as it will, at least you do not see the FBI Press Office throwing caps at Anonymous on twitter every day:

There is also reason to assume that AntiSec has more material from the notebook in question as this file seems to be related to the 3 Terabyte of data to be released, as anounced earlier this year by AntiSec. We will update this section as soon as more information is available.
For media coverage check out the following links:
Forbes: FBI Agent's Laptop 'Hacked' To Grab 12 Million Apple IDs
Ars Technica: 1 million iOS device IDs leaked after alleged FBI laptop hack
The Next Web: AntiSec hackers leak 1,000,001 Apple device IDs allegedly obtained from FBI breach
Wired: Hackers Release 1 Million Apple Device IDs Stolen From FBI Laptop
Thank you, FBI.

Innodata Isogen Databreach: Part I

firefox-grayOn July 5th 2012 the new leak platform Par:Anoia, backed by the hacktivist collective Anonymous, started to publish files leaked from the servers of USA based surveillance company Innodata.1.9gb were published. The files expose the industry of surveillance in Asia, involving various governments and corporations from Russia, Phillipines, Ukraine, South Korea, Japan and Turkmenistan, among other countries.
Some findings from various volunteers sifting through the data; if you find anything of interest please let us know and we will add it:
This document shows that Vocord will be installing a CCTV surveillance network in Dnepropetrovsk; a $197 million project which will "enjoy duty-free commercial production by endorsement after three years prior to application for tax excemption". Furthermore this operation is connected to the explosion in Dnepropetrovsk on April 27th and operations in Turkmenistan and Iraq.
Leaked Document from Russian weapon state agency Rosoboronexport about test flight personnel and the future sale of 3 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. For background on Rosoboronexport we also recommend this article about their weapon exports to Syria.
Leaked email sent by Dmitry Zavarikin, CEO of Vocord Telecom, to Armand Jafarov (who has his certificate of achievement of an IBM course disclosed among the leaked files in possession of Innodata) of MMI Business Services, Vocord's partner in Turkmenistan, Zavarikin states that "part of the archives clearly belong to MMI" and "this information is interpreted as compromising for Vocord company".

Miscelleneous Releases

Enemy of the State Article about Jeremy Hammond in The Rolling Stone (Oct 26, 2012 · PDF, 2MB · Mirror)
LulzSec details for the Crown Court at Southwark (PDF, 7.5MB)
We Are Legion - The Story of the Hacktivists (Documentary, 2012, .avi, 236MB)
Video footage of the Megaupload Raid broadcasted 3News' Campbell Live Show (local mirror). Read more information on Torrentfreak. (Added 12/08/08)
Meanwhile in Australia Files from and (Latest Update: 12/07/29)
Digital Music Report 2012 (PDF, 15MB), Leaked on The Pirate Bay. Get the torrent yonder. (Added: 12/07/26)
The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies (Added: 12/07/23)
MidasBank Leak 50,000 Wall Street IT Personnel Accounts (Added: 12/07/23)
Chanology Email Viewer Emails from Scientology Celebrity Center Vienna, acquired by Anonymous Austria (Added: 12/07/21)
HBGary Email Viewer Emails from HBGary, acquired by Anonymous
FBI Conference Transcript A text version of the FBI/NSY call intercepted and published by Anonymous
We Are Anonymous - Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec (PDF, 1.5MB) Book from Parmy Olson

Russian Realpolitik: Inside the Arms Trade with Syria

Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR for TIME
The head of the Syrian delegation to the semiannual Russian arms bazaar tries out a new silencer-equipped Kalashnikov assault rifle, the AK-104, at an airfield outside Moscow
“This weapon is perfect for close-quarters combat, house to house,” the Russian arms dealer explains, gently passing a silencer-equipped assault rifle, the AK-104, to the official from Syria, who brings the gun’s sight level with his eye and aims it across pavilion C3 of Russia’s semiannual arms bazaar. Serving as their translator is Colonel Isam Ibrahim As’saadi, the military attaché at the Syrian embassy in Moscow, who chaperones the three officials in town from Damascus for a bit of military shopping. It is a rare opportunity for them. With their country sinking into a civil war, most of the world’s top arms-dealing nations have banned sales to the Syrian government. So the delegates enjoy themselves in Moscow. They spend more than an hour talking to the Kalashnikov salesman, Andrei Vishnyakov, head of marketing for Izhmash, the company that created the AK-47. Then they stroll over to other displays spread out across the giant Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow. They peruse tanks, touch rocket launchers, study cruise missiles and other heavy artillery, all of which stand gleaming in the summer sun like so many sports cars at a dealership. All of it is for sale.
Welcome to Russia’s premier weapons expo, the deceptively titled Forum of Technologies in Machine Building, a military smorgasbord for the dictators of the world that Russian President Vladimir Putin opened in 2010. Delegations from Iran, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Pakistan and Uganda, among many others, came to the fair last week, but the Syrian presence was the most controversial. Since the 1950s, when it first became a client state of the Soviet Union, Syria has purchased almost all its weapons from Russia, making it a cherished customer. Over the past 16 months, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have used these weapons to brutally crush a homegrown rebellion, with the death toll now estimated at 14,000, including thousands of women and children. The rest of the Arab world has joined with the West in condemning these massacres, but that has not stopped the flow of Russian arms. Indeed, the Kremlin seems willing to jeopardize its relations with Europe and the U.S. in order to defend Assad and continue to sell him weapons.
In diplomatic terms, there is nothing frustrated Western officials can do to stop it. Russia has a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, and it has repeatedly used its veto power to block any discussion of an international arms embargo against Syria. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., said in May that the Russian arms sales to Syria are “reprehensible,” but are not illegal. Diplomatic and moral pressure from the West, like the claim that Russia is aiding the murder of civilians, has not changed many minds in Moscow. “These are the guys we are rooting for,” an official with Russia’s state arms dealer, Rosoboronexport, told TIME on Thursday while showing the Syrian delegates a set of truck-mounted rocket launchers.
(PHOTOS: Inside Syria’s Slow-Motion Civil War)
The Syrians seemed impressed, even climbing into the truck to look around before warmly shaking hands with the Russians and moving on to the other exhibits. Apart from Colonel As’saadi, the military attaché, the Syrian delegates refused to give their names or answer TIME’s questions. The man whom As’saadi identified as the head of the delegation would only say he had flown in from Damascas specifically to attend the fair. “That shows a serious intention to buy,” says Hugh Griffiths, an arms-trafficking expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks the global weapons market. It was, however, impossible to tell what, if anything, the Syrians purchased. Those deals are struck behind closed doors. But if they did end up buying the assault rifles or armored vehicles that they spent hours studying on Thursday, it would cast serious doubt on the official line from the Russian Foreign Ministry, which has said that only defensive weapons, like antiaircraft missiles, are being sold to Syria, none of which could be used against civilians. The “house-to-house” capabilities that Vishnyakov touted at the Kalashnikov exhibit undermined the ministry’s claim.
The organizer of the arms expo, which included a “tank ballet” choreographed by the Bolshoi Theatre, is the Russian weapons and engineering conglomerate Russian Technologies. The company is headed by Sergei Chemezov, an old friend of Putin’s from the KGB. In the 1980s, both men worked as KGB spies in the East German city of Dresden, and after Putin became President in 2000, he gradually transferred Russia’s largest state-owned, machine-building and weapons firms to Chemezov’s corporation. Russian Technologies now controls around 600 companies and thousands of factories, producing everything from cars and planes to military hardware. But the jewel in its crown is Rosoboronexport, the only company in Russia that can legally sell arms abroad. Last year, the company sold more than $11 billion in arms worldwide, making Russia the world’s second largest weapons dealer after the U.S. As of 2011, Russia had about $4 billion in outstanding weapons contracts with Syria, including sales of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missiles, Pansir-S1 rocket complexes and MiG-29 fighter jets.
“This is one of our traditional markets,” says Anatoly Isaykin, the general director of Rosoboronexport, who spoke to TIME at the arms expo. Isaykin, who was also a career KGB officer before becoming Russia’s top arms dealer, says the Syria issue is being blown out of proportion, perhaps as part of a Western conspiracy to blacken his company’s name. “Around these hot spots, efforts are made to present our organization, Rosoboronexport, as some kind of evil genius who is trying to pour kerosene on the fire,” Isaykin says. “I think this is part of the political game.” All of the West’s efforts to stop Russia from selling weapons to Syria, he says, amounts to nothing more than unfair competition. “Of course I mean competition in the broadest sense,” Isaykin says. “It always existed and it will continue to exist. So if Russia loses a market, its competitors have a chance to gain.”
(MORE: Can the U.S. and Russia Agree on How to End Syria’s War?)
Alexander Golts, a military expert in Moscow, says this Manichaean view of the world is what drives Russia to arm Assad. “The root motivation here is ideology, not finances,” Golts says. “It is the ideology of Cold War realpolitik, where you had two sides sitting at the chessboard and moving pieces around. That is how Putin still sees the world.” As for the Syrians, they have lots of reasons to keep buying Russian arms even if they don’t really need them. “They’re desperately trying to keep Russia on board as a partner by channeling more cash to the Russians and building on that relationship,” says Griffiths.
Russia seems eager to play along, as much for the cash as the geopolitical dividends. Throughout the Arab Spring revolts, which many in Moscow saw as a U.S.-led conspiracy to carve up the Middle East, Putin grew increasingly angry over Western meddling in the region. In 2010, when Putin opened the first-ever arms bazaar at the Zhukovsky airfield, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh flew in to attend, and Putin personally showed him around. As they passed the display of a T-90 tank with reporters in tow, Putin turned to Saleh and said, “That’s what you’ve got to buy.” He did not do this with the aim of making a profit, Golts suggests, but to cement Russia’s influence in Yemen. A weapons deal is not a simple cash-and-carry arrangement. It requires the buyer and seller to maintain stable relations, so that the weapons can be installed, serviced and repaired. The seller will often provide ammunition and training for years. “This is a serious bond,” Golts says.
The bond between Russia and Yemen was put at risk by the Arab Spring revolts, which erupted in Yemen a year after Putin’s stroll with Saleh through the arms bazaar in 2010. That revolution quickly turned violent, and Saleh ceded power soon after he was wounded in a rebel rocket attack in June 2011, costing Putin one of his allies — albeit a country that played on U.S. ties and anxieties in the Arabian Peninsula as well. Months later, the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, another client of Russian arms dealers, was killed by rebels who had support from NATO bombing raids. Putin was outraged, especially after images of Gaddafi’s bloody corpse appeared in the media. “Who gave them the right to do this?” he snapped at a press conference in Denmark, referring to NATO’s role in the Libyan revolution. “Why did they have to get involved in this armed conflict? What, is there a shortage of crooked regimes in the world? Are we going to interfere in every domestic conflict? … You have to let people resolve their own problems.”
After the war in Libya, Russia drew a line. It began blocking all U.N. efforts to force Assad down the same road as Gaddafi and Saleh, and as foreign countries began arming rebels in Syria, Russia continued supplying Assad. “None of these events will influence our relationships with our traditional markets in any way,” says Rosoboronexport’s Isaykin. Judging by the crowd at the arms bazaar — packed with military men from Asia, Africa and the Middle East — Russia still has plenty of loyal customers around the world. As Russia’s tanks performed their ballet in a mock battlefield on Thursday, the foreign delegates looked on, happy patrons of the art of war. That evening, after two long days of shopping, the Syrian delegates walked toward the parking lot with bags full of pamphlets and promotional videos for Russian military hardware. No doubt they were imagining how useful it could be back home.

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