90K Military E-mail Addresses Said to Be Pilfered

Anonymous Claims Hack of Pentagon Contractor Booz Allen Hamilton
90K Military E-mail Addresses Said to Be Pilfered
The hacker group Anonymous on Monday claimed it had broken into the network of the management concern Booz Allen Hamilton, a major Defense Department contractor, and pilfered a list of some 90,000 military e-mail addresses and password hashes.

"We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place," according to the hackers' posting on the website thepiratebay.org. "We were able to run our own application, which turned out to be a shell and began plundering some booty."

Booz Allen didn't directly respond to the breach allegations. The Booz Allen Twitter account stated: "Part of @BoozAllen security policy, we generally do not comment on specific threats or actions taken against our systems."

Anonymous said it targeted Booz Allen because the firm was developing software for what the hacker group called a military project to manipulate social networks to influence public opinion.

In a faux invoice for auditing services, Anonymous in its posting said it spent four man-hours hacking into the Booz Allen network.

Anonymous, like the now defunct Lulz Security (see LulzSec: Senate, Sony Hackers Profiled and LulzSec Posts Farewell Message), at times identify their intrusions under the moniker #Antisec.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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