The websites for the Idaho Legislature and Idaho’s iCourt portal were hacked Friday morning by a hacktivist group called AnonPlus Italia. From about 11 to 11:10 a.m., both websites were replaced with a black screen, and a manifesto written in Italian about government and media slavery. (The entirety of the text is posted at the end of this article.) AnonPlus is a sporadically active branch of Anonymous, a loosely connected group of hackers, which claim responsibility for online hacks that take place around the globe. AnonPlus was originally associated with a social network for Anonymous, but that network was later hacked by another group and ultimately abandoned. The name “AnonPlus” has been used occasionally in association with others hacks since then. It appears the most recent iteration of the group began activity this year. Italian media reported this week that AnonPlus had performed a seemingly identical hack — with the same message — on the K-9 Web Protection website, which is part of the Symantec antivirus company. K-9 Web Protection filters internet content.
Italian media also reported the group hacked Italian politicians’ websites and databases during an election held in February. It’s unclear why AnonPlus would target a site in Idaho using a message written in Italian; however, the AnonPlus website is claiming responsibility for the hacks of both Idaho sites.
The manifesto, when translated, said that no data was stolen and that only the homepage had been changed. “AnonPlus does not act for personal or political interests, has no leaders, moves for the interest of the people and to restore sovereignty to the people,” the manifesto read.