Members of hacking collective Anonymous yesterday tweeted they had broken into government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton‘s computer systems, as part of the group’s larger effort to expose government and corporate failure to secure computer networks, Reuters reports.
The hackers said they deleted four gigabytes of the firm’s source code and took 90,000 military email addresses, encrypted passwords and data related to other companies and government networks.
“In [Booz Allen Hamilton’s] line of work you’d expect them to sail the seven proxseas with 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 to the Pirate Bay. “We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place.”
Anonymous and Lulz Security have said the campaign of attacks they are calling “AntiSec” is to humiliate businesses and agencies that fail to protect consumer and employee data, Andy Greenberg wrote on Forbes’ Firewall blog.
Booz Allen tweeted yesterday that as part of its security policy, it usually does not comment on specific threats or actions taken against its systems.