Anonymous initially took credit via its Twitter PR account (@AnonymousPress.com) for a hack on PayPal. “Paypal hacked by Anonymous as part of our November 5th protest,” read a Tweet linking to data hosted via privatepaste.com.
According to a report from The Next Web, Anonymous boasted that the hack leaked data pertaining to 28 thousand PayPal passwords. However, PayPal head of PR (@anujnayar) couldn’t confirm the incident, tweeting a number of news sources, “We’re aggressively investigating this but to date we have been unable to find any evidence that validates this claim.”
Anonymous uses the Guy Fawkes mask popularized in V for Vendetta to represent the hacking organization.
Online security company Symantec also faced its own incident, although it was reported that Anonymous wasn’t to blame for that hack. Instead a group known as HTP claimed credit.
Other hacktivist targets, meanwhile, included ImageShack, NBC.com and even a Lady Gaga fansite, ZDNet noted.
Last year, it was rumored that Anonymous would target social network Facebook on November 5, 2011. That incident, however, did not occur with the group eventually denying it would take part in such an activity.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for PayPal has denied the hack, issuing a statement: “It appears that the exploit was not directed at PayPal after all, it was directed at a company called ZPanel. The original story that started this and was retweeted by some of the Anonymous Twitter handles has now been updated,” the PayPal representative stated.