Hackers released personal information about the head of Citigroup today in retaliation for the arrest of protesters during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations this weekend.
The data on Vikram Pandit, Citigroup’s chief executive officer, includes phone numbers, address, e-mail address, family information, and some legal and financial information. It was released by CabinCr3w, which is affiliated with the Anonymous online activist group that has been involved in the monthlong protests.
“During Occupy Wall Street, protesters had made way to CitiBank to withdraw their funds and close their accounts,” CabinCr3w wrote in a statement. “They were met with strong police presence and arrested. We as American citizens MUST have full control over our money and livelihood. When this is taken away from us, what else do we have? So the CEO of CitiBank has blindly jumped into the sights of the CabinCr3w…”
About two dozen people were arrested on criminal trespass charges in a Citibank branch in New York on Saturday afternoon, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“A large amount of protesters entered our branch at 555 La Guardia Place, New York City, around 2 p.m. today,” Citibank said in a statement later that day. “They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked, causing our staff to call 911. The police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed. Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated.”
Pandit had previously offered to meet with protesters, characterizing their complaints as “completely understandable.”
“Trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall Street’s job, to reach out to Main Street and rebuild that trust,” he is quoted as saying last week in a Bloomberg report. “I’d talk about the fact that they should hold Citi and the financial institutions accountable for practicing responsible finance.”
CabinCr3w is responsible for data dumps on other bankers as part of the protest movement, including the CEOs of JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, as well as a New York police officer who sprayed pepper spray into protesters faces.