Daily Archives: 03/06/2011

(thinqNATO leaders have been warned that WikiLeaks-loving ‘hacktivist’ collective Anonymous could pose a threat to member states’ security, following recent attacks on the US Chamber of Commerce and defence contractor HBGary – and promise to ‘persecute’ its members.

In a toughly-worded draft report to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, General Rapporteur Lord Jopling claims that the loose-knit, leaderless group is “becoming more and more sophisticated”, and “could potentially hack into sensitive government, military, and corporate files”.

The group demonstrated its capabilities in February, says the report, when it hacked into US-based defence contractor HBGary. Documents stolen in the attack lifted the lid on the US military’s plans to use social network surveillance software, code-named ‘Metal Gear’ by the online hive-mind, which could control an army of fake profiles, collecting data from disparate sites and piecing together an individual’s identity by analysing linguistic traits and other details.

Describing the rise of the group from its beginnings on internet picture message board 4chan, via campaigns against the Church of Scientology and, more recently, in support of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, the report continues: “Today, the ad hoc international group of hackers and activists is said to have thousands of operatives and has no set rules or membership.”

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( (…) The data should be approached with caution as some figures may not refer to one item of expenditure but to a cumulative amount of expenditure over a period of time. The FTS does not make that distinction and all the data is presented with the same degree of detail as it is by the EU Commission.

Read more of the data from our investigation below, arranged in spending themes.

EU Commission Expenditure – Jets *

EU Commission Expenditure – Limousines

EU Commission Expenditure – Golf

EU Commission Expenditure – Wine

EU Commission Expenditure – Orchestras

EU Commission Expenditure – Resorts

EU Commission Expenditure – Away Days

EU Commission Expenditure –  Banquets


* All the data relating to private jet travel is based on expenses information available for “Abelag Aviation NV”, the Commission’s main supplier of private jet travel services.