Anonymous grabs 1.7GB of Department of Justice files

Anonymous has claimed to have grabbed 1.7GB of data from the US Department of Justice, after taking down the Bureau of Justice Statistics website.

The hacktivist collective appeared to have made an announcement via YouTube video called ‘Monday Mail Mayhem’, alongside a download made available on the Pirate Bay.

“Today we are releasing 1.7GB of data that used to belong to the United States Bureau of Justice, until now,” the group said.

The announcement alluded to the contents of the data, though no specific discoveries were highlighted.

“Within the booty you may find lots of shiny things such as internal emails, and the entire database dump,” it said.

The group also took credit for the takedown of the Justice Department site, a claim which has been corroborated since.

“We Lulzed as they took the website down after being owned, clearly showing they were scared of what inevitably happened,” it said. 

It is not the first time that Anonymous has targeted the Justice Department, with another attack earlier this year.