The internationally feared hacktivist group Anonymous produced a new mother lode of intel today, up for download on The Pirate Bay, that they’re calling “Military Meltdown Monday: Mangling Booz Allen Hamilton.” The contractor Booz Allen works, in Anonymous-speak, “on behalf of the U.S. federal government, foremost on defense and homeland security matters, and limited engagements of foreign governments specific to U.S. military assistance programs,” and that, to hackers, is The Enemy, so Anonymous mined their servers for information, which they claim includes “roughly 90,000 military emails and password hashes,” in addition to “maps and keys for various other treasure chests buried on the islands of government agencies, federal contractors and shady whitehat companies.”
Anonymous also provides a Booz Allen history lesson of “key facts,” like possibly illegal surveillance, in an attempt to justify their own (highly illegal) work.
“Let it flow!” Anonymous proclaims over and over, meaning information, no matter how damning it may be to the people who own it.
As an extra braggy middle finger to The Man, Anonymous provides a bill for the work they put in:
Enclosed is the invoice for our audit of your security systems, as well as the auditor’s conclusion.
4 hours of man power: $40.00
Network auditing: $35.00
Web-app auditing: $35.00
Network infiltration*: $0.00
Password and SQL dumping**: $200.00
Decryption of data***: $0.00
Media and press****: $0.00
Total bill: $310.00
*Price is based on the amount of effort required.
**Price is based on the amount of badly secured data to be dumped, which in this case was a substantial figure.
***No security in place, no effort for intrusion needed.
Booz Allen responded via Twitter: “As part of @BoozAllen security policy, we generally do not comment on specific threats or actions taken against our system.”
Odds are they’re acting less cool behind the scenes.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 11, 2011