7. Anonymous hacks Bank of America
March 2011: Anonymous releases emails concerning Bank of America handed to the group by a whistleblower who worked for seven years at Balboa Insurance, a company that provides insurance to financial institutions in the mortgage and vehicle finance markets. Balboa was a unit of Countrywide Financial, which Bank of America acquired in 2008. Bank of America said in February it would sell Balboa to QBE Insurance Group. The former Balboa employee alleged that the e-mail trail indicated that Balboa withheld certain foreclosure information from U.S. federal auditors during the takeovers of the financial institution IndyMac, which the U.S. federal government seized in July 2008, and Aurora Loan Services, a mortgage loan company that was a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers, the failed investment bank.