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Anonymous takes e-mails with passport scans from Iranian government

In honor of the two-year anniversary of the Iranian elections, hacker collective Anonymous conducted an attack on Iran’s foreign ministry, according to a report from The Next Web.

Not content with its standard procedure of executing a denial-of-service attack, the group also took about 10,000 e-mails containing scans of Iranian passports.

The group says it has something big planned for the actual anniversary of protests over the results of the Iranian elections in 2009.

“For the election’s anniversary, we have a complete DDoS attack day” planned, an Anonymous member told The Next Web.

The attack will be targeted against a branch of the Iranian government, but the Anonymous member said the group will not target the media.

At least one of the Iranian government’s e-mail servers was put under Anonymous control, the report said.

The attack also took down the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Web site for several hours, the group said.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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