Anonymous Leaks 90,000 Military Emails

Attacks military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton

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"Hacktivist" group Anonymous released 90,000 email logins stolen from the military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton in a leak it's branded "Military Meltdown Monday." Anonymous has also released exchanges between the contractor's executives--and claims it "found maps and keys for various other treasure chests buried on the islands of government agencies, federal contractors and shady whitehat companies. This material surely will keep our blackhat friends busy for a while." Some of the logins belong to American military personnel, including people working at U.S. Centcom.

Anonymous says one reason it picked Booz Allen for attack was its alleged role in auditing the SWIFT financial monitoring program, during which the Bush administration sifted through financial transaction records. But the company was also targeted just because it was easy: "In [Booz Allen'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... We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place."

Gizmodo's Sam Biddle writes that, whether or not Anonymous got any sensitive information, the leak is "a big chunk of egg in the face of a company tasked with doing the Pentagon's work for it in the interest of our safety." Forbes' Andy Greenberg says this is another plot point in "the summer of anti-security." Booz Allen is not yet commenting.

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