In a press release, Anonymous hacker claim to have leaked 1.7 GB of data stolen from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, a Department of Justice agency that collects and analyzes crime data.

The file has been leaked to The Pirate Bay. The press release and accompanying YouTube video (above) bills the leak "Monday Mail Mayhem" but doesn't offer much clue as to what's in there:

Today we are releaseing 1.7GB of data that used to belong to the United States Bureau of Justice [Statistics], until now.

Within the booty you may find lots of shiny things such as internal emails, and the entire database dump.

We Lulzed as they took the website down after being owned, clearly showing they were scared of what inevitably happened.

Currently the download speed is excruciatingly slow, but we'll let you know if there's anything notable in the database.This wouldn't be the first time Anonymous has hit the DOJ. In February, they leaked an international conference call between the FBI and their overseas counterparts. Though it's hard to see what secrets will be revealed from the Feds' number-crunchers.

We're currently chatting with one of the Anonymous members involved in the hack and will update shortly.

Update: We spoke to an Anonymous member involved in the hack.

adrian: so is there anything interesting in the emails?
Anonymous: That is to the public to find out.


Update: A Department of Justice spokeswoman confirmed the breach to Reuters. "hackers accessed a server that operates the Bureau of Justice Statistics' website."