The Expo 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan has been targeted by hacktivist group Anonymous, under its Operation Italy (#OpItaly) banner, in protest against globalisation. OpItaly claims to have stolen 1TB of data, including unencrypted passwords, from Expo 2015 ticket provider Best Union.
Anonymous Italy tweeted on 16 May, “Ecco a chi affidano la sicurezza virtuale di #Expo: @bestunion you have been hacked #OpItaly #NoExpo” (“Here’s to those who rely on the virtual security of #Expo: @bestunion you have been hacked #NoExpo #OpItaly”), along with a redacted image of a list of personal data.
— Anonymous Italy (@OperationItaly) May 16, 2015
The Milan Expo is running from 1 May to 31 October, and expects to welcome 20 million visitors. It’s not yet known whether the data relates to Expo 2015 ticketholders, nor if it’s been publicly released.
This isn’t the first time OpItaly has targeted the event: earlier this month, Best Union spokesperson Luca Montebugnoli told the Corriere di Bologna that its systems had been targeted for three days, but that it would resist Anonymous attacks.