The latest dump of information from the hacktivist collective Anonymous has made available around 90,000 email addresses and passwords belonging to US military personnel.
Monday’s leak marks the latest release in the “AntiSec” campaign that was started in recent weeks by the now defunct Anonymous offshoot LulzSec. Hacktivists worldwide have been attempting to expose the lack of security in place on the servers of high-ranking businesses and organizations.
In this case, Anonymous says that the government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton had barely any security measures in operation.
“You have a security policy? We’re nonplussed, really, ‘cause we never noticed,” reads a Monday afternoon tweet from Anonymous’ Twitter account.
On Tuesday, Anonymous tweeted a news report that announced that Booz Allen Hamilton’s shares fell 2.3 points following the incident.
The 90,000 or so emails include log-ins for members of US CENTCOM, SOCOM, the Marine Corps, Air Force facilities, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and other organizations. Since Booze Allen Hamilton regularly contracts with the Department of Defense and the FBI, Anonymous remarks that “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.”
In addition to the released email info, Anonymous says they also accessed “maps and keys for various other treasure chests buried on the islands of government agencies, federal contractors and shady whitehat companies.” They have also made claims that they lifted around 4 gigabytes of source code before erasing it from the Booz Allen Hamilton servers.
Anonymous has also “invoiced” the contractors for their work, which they say will cost them $310 for man power, network auditing, infiltration, decryption of data and press, among other items.
Booz Allen responded to threats from Anonymous before the info dump was released, saying that they usually “do not comment on specific threats or actions” against their system.
Anonymous is calling this week’s attack “Military Meltdown Monday,” but despite their onslaught on American authorities, they group seems rather unconcerned about any retaliation. A Tuesday tweet from the group pleads, “C’mon arrest us already.”