Anglo American websites hacked, sensitive data leaked: report

Hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed to have breached the security of two Anglo American websites – angloplatinum.com and angloplatinum.co.za – and published sensitive information online.

In a post on the ‘Operation Green Rights’ blog, the group claimed that Anglo American’s action against a fight for indigenous people and polluting the environment are behind this hacking.

“Anglo American Platinum filed SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) against a South African (public interest) lawyer Richard Spoor, who represented indigenous communities affected by platinum mining on tribal land,” the blog post stated.

The post further stated that Anglo American obtained an order “interdicting two tribal chiefs from interfering with their mining operations and had them arrested with charges of intimidation and trespass”.

The post highlighted that security forces opened fire on mineworkers using rubber bullets in October 2012.

It is stated that the mining group is also polluting areas in Brazil “which caused water contamination and genetic mutations”.

“Anglo American, you destroy nature and pursue and kill indigenous people…We curse you!”

Operation Green Rights
Operation Green Rights

Files with sensitive information

Numerous files, which according to the post originated from the Anglo Platinum websites, have been made available online.

The leaked files are grouped in ‘www.angloplatinum.co.za’ and ‘www.angloplatinum.com’ folders.

These files contain usernames and passwords, investor names with personal details and other sensitive information.

At the time of publication the files were still publically available for any Internet user to download.

Anglo American was contacted for feedback about the apparent security breach, but the company did not respond by the time of publication.

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