A screengrab of one of Anonymous' twitter accounts.

The Anonymous collective is claiming to have gained access to server belonging to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, dumping 1.7 GB of data, which includes internal emails, onto the web for download at The Pirate Bay.

“We do not stand for any government or parties, we stand for freedom of people, freedom of speech and freedom of information,” said the collective in a press release on anonnews.org, adding, “We are releasing data to spread information, to allow the people to be heard and to know the corruption in their government. We are releasing it to end the corruption that exists, and truly make those who are being oppressed free.”

The Department of Justice acknowledged that their webservers had indeed been breached, adding that their website as well as justive.gov had remained operational throughout the security breach.

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"The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a website server operated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that contained data from their public website," a statement sent to AFP said.

Anonymous members declined comment when asked about the contents of the dump, adding that the information is for the public to find out for themselves.

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