The Anonymous hacktivist collective announced that for President's Day, it hacked the U.S. State Department.

Under the flag of "Operation Last Resort," the group Monday claimed "we still have our warheads armed" and announced that for "round five" in its attack campaign, it was releasing information gleaned from a State Department database. The data dump -- or dox -- appeared to include work email addresses for over 170 U.S. State Department employees, as well as some biographical details, and to have been pulled from a database entitled "test_hrwg_careers_usa_ctc_com."

"Our reasons for this attack are very simple. You've imprisoned or either censored our people. We will not tolerate things as such," according to a message included in the Anonymous data dump. "Aaron Swartz this is for you, this is for Operation Last Resort," it said.

A spokesman for the State Department didn't immediately return a call seeking a request for comment about the assertion by Anonymous that it had hacked into and released data from one of the agency's databases.

The Anonymous Operation Last Resort campaign was launched in the wake of the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who had long suffered from depression, and who was facing a 35-year jail sentence after being arrested in 2011 on hacking charges. Those charges stemmed from Swartz allegedly downloading millions of articles from the JSTOR academic database, in part via a Massachusetts Institute of Technology server closet. In the wake of Swartz's death, many legal experts -- as well as Anonymous -- have called for a reform of the country's computer hacking laws. Read full story on InformationWeek

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