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Hacktivists backtrack on News International email release

Mat Bettinson
Hacktivists backtrack on News International email release

Hacktivists Lulzsec and Anonymous have reneged on an earlier promise to post internal News International emails the groups claimed to have stolen.

"We think, actually we may not release emails from The Sun, simply because it may compromise the court case," Anonymous Tweeted while Lulzsec tweeted that they were "working with certain media outlets who have been granted exclusive access to some of the News of the World emails we have."

Earlier in the week an international swoop resulted in scores detained in the US, UK and the Netherlands as part of an investigation into the groups lead by the FBI. Lulzsec and Anonymous were defiant following the arrests, with Lulzsec tweeting: "Arresting people won't stop us, FBI. We will only cease fire when you all wear shoes on your heads. That's the only way this is ending."

Anonymous posted one of their characteristically belligerent 'press releases' on Pastebin, responding to an FBI statement that "chaos on the Internet is unacceptable." The group countered by posting a list of what the hacktivists find unacceptable.

"Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece."

Anonymous went on to announce a hack into the European defence pact NATO, "We are sitting on about one Gigabyte of data from NATO now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible," they said.

The group did, however, post a restricted NATO document relating to spending on Communications & Intelligence (C3I) infrastructure. NATO condemned the attack , warning that leaking of the data could "potentially endanger the security of NATO allies, armed forces and citizens," they said.

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