The Lulz Security hacking group may have recently put an end to its 50-day reign of terror, but that doesn’t mean its counterpart Anonymous is sitting back on its heels as well.
It was recently revealed that cyber criminals associated with Anonymous breached the data security measures of federal defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, obtaining and posting online 90,000 military email addresses and passwords. Not until days later did the firm acknowledge the hack, announcing it had launched a full investigation.
Still, that did little in keeping the incident quiet, as Anonymous took it upon itself to disclose the breach.
“In this line of work, you’d expect them [to have a] state-of-the-art battleship, right? Well you may be as surprised as we were when we found their vessel being a puny wooden barge,” the group said in a statement posted on the torrent site where the data was uploaded. “We infiltrated a server on [Booz Allen’s] network that basically had no security measures in place.”
According to the group, members of the intelligence community are among those affected by the breach. And, in addition to the email addresses and passwords, Anonymous also released information that it said could be used to infiltrate the networks of other government agencies and contractors.
This incident was the second such attack aimed at a government contractor in the span of a week. Previously, Anonymous said the hackers of its Antisec campaign had breached the databases of IRC Federal, a company that partners and contracts with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Among the information breached in the incident were details on the FBI’s Special Identities Modernization (SIM) Project, which aimed to protect the identities of trusted individuals while exposing those of threats to the United States and its allies.