The data was allegedly taken from the Census Bureau's databases, and includes the usernames, work email addresses, and office phone numbers of the government department's staff. The announcement of the attack was made via a twitter account belonging to Anonymous Operations.
"The US Census Bureau is investigating an IT security incident relating to unauthorized access to non-confidential information on an external system that is not part of the Census Bureau internal network. Access to the external system has been restricted while our IT forensics team investigates," said the spokespersonThe attack was done in the protest of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. The trade negotiations are designed to improve trade relations and lower barriers between participating nations.
This was the second cyber attack on US government followed by the last month breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).