Hacking group AntiSec says it stole 90,000 U.S. military email passwords
A group of hackers published online files that it says contains a list of roughly 90,000 military email addresses and passwords belonging to a prominent defense and homeland security consultant for the U.S. government, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
AntiSec –- a band of hackers reportedly made up of members from groups named Anonymous and the disbanded LulzSec –- posted the information to the website PirateBay.org.
“We found maps and keys for various other treasure chests buried on the islands of government agencies, federal contractors and shady whitehat companies,” the post said. “This material surely will keep our blackhat friends busy for a while.”
In an article, the Associated Press shot down AntiSec's assertion that it had captured 90,000 military emails and “counted only about 67,000 unique email addresses, of which about 53,000 carried .mil domains. The rest appeared to be affiliated with educational institutions or defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin Corp. or SAIC.”
McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen, which consults organizations on cyber warfare, tweeted: “As part of @BoozAllen security policy, we generally do not comment on specific threats or actions taken against our systems.”
AntiSec dubbed the operation “MILITARY MELTDOWN MONDAY: MANGLING BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON.”
-- W.J. Hennigan
Image credit: AntiSec via PirateBay.org