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Anonymous Released Universal Music And Viacom Data

Anonymous hacking group that absorbed the notorious Lulz Security cybergang on Tuesday released a cache of files purportedly stolen from Universal Music Group and Viacom Inc. , raising the stakes in a nearly two-month-old string of attacks that has compromised corporate and government websites around the world.

Anonymous, a loosely affiliated group of cyberactivists, released passwords and user data stolen from a Universal Music affiliated website, as well as details on Viacom’s computer networks. The data, which was published in a tweet and shared on many networks, also included stolen data from various governments. Viacom and Universal Music didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The release of purportedly stolen data comes just three days after Lulz Security posted a good-bye message on Twitter, saying it was disbanding after a 50-day rampage that struck Sony Corp., CIA,the U.S. Senate and other high-profile targets. The group, which also went by the name LulzSec, grabbed documents during its cyber-raids and posted them online. Among the material: police training manuals, personal emails from computer researchers affiliated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and log-in information for videogame company customers.

LulzSec has since joined a larger campaign with Anonymous, which the combined entity calls “AntiSec,” which is aimed at what they say are corrupt governments and corporations. AntiSec is short for “antisecurity.”

“We provide material that is primarily against corrupt Governments and companies,” the group said in the Tuesday release.

The chaos spread by LulzSec and Anonymous has stirred police into action. In mid-June, Turkish and Spanish authorities rounded up roughly 40 people believed to be associated with Anonymous. Later in the month, U.K. police nabbed a 19- year-old man believed to be associated with LulzSec.

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