Following a few quiet weeks since the furore the LulzSec attacks, fellow hacktivist group Anonymous has announced it has gained access to 90,000 emails and passwords from US defence consultant Booz Allen Hamilton.
The group released the cache of data on The Pirate Bay yesterday as part of what it called Military Meltdown Monday with the 190MB file containing sensitive log-in credentials belonging to the employees of the Department of Homeland Security, the Marine Corps, US CENTCOM, SOCOM and the Airforce. This attack was announced as usual on the Anonymous Twitter account and was carried out under the banner of the Anti Sec campaign which was started by the now disbanded LulzSec group.
"We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place. We were able to run our own application, which turned out to be a shell and began plundering some booty,” the group said. “Most shiny is probably a list of roughly 90,000 military emails and password hashes (md5, non-salted of course!). We also added the complete sqldump, compressed ~50mb, for a good measure," they added. Anonymous has said it accessed other information that it plans to use to attack other government agencies and federal contractors. Booz Allen Hamilton has declined to comment on the alleged breach adding that company policy meant it could not discuss "specific threats or actions taken against our systems."
With Booz Allen Hamilton carrying out a substantial amount of work for the Pentagon, this security breach will be embarrassing for the US government and it will be nervously waiting to see if Anonymous follows through with its threat to attack other government agencies.
Source: The Pirate Bay