Anonymous Is Out to Prove Network Security Isn't Good Enough

Sue Marquette Poremba

The hacker group Anonymous has made it clear: Hacker groups are alive and well and doing damage - this despite LulzSec's decision to close up shop.


On Monday night, Anonymous bragged about hitting another military contractor, this time Booz Allen Hamilton. The reason? On Twitter, the group said the attack was part of a mission to "expose government and corporate failure to protect their networks." According to Reuters:

The hackers said in a message posted on the Internet that they wiped out 4 gigabytes of Booz Allen source code and stole 90,000 email addresses, although they apparently were only able to get encrypted versions of the email passwords.

An article at HSToday.us added that Anonymous is promising bigger attacks and is warning its Twitter followers that "This is war." The article also pointed out that while there were no new hack attacks announced yesterday, there was another from the weekend that got fewer headlines:

On Friday, on another Twitter feed, #Anonymous IRC information from IRC Federal, a West Virginia based contractor for the FBI and other government agencies was dumped. The hacktivists claimed to have "laid nuclear waste to their systems, owning their pathetic windows box, dropping their databases and private emails."
The attack was waged against IRC Federal because of the company's record of "selling out their 'skills' to the US empire," according to the attackers.

What could be the next target? The Register suggested the most immediate target is likely the agriculture industry, particularly giant Monsanto:

The notorious hacktivist collective released the names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of more than 2,500 Monsanto employees and affiliates, as part of an action its has unimaginatively dubbed #OpMonsanto. The group claimed to have discovered vulnerabilities that allowed it to take down Monsanto mail servers during its extraction of the potentially sensitive data.

However, the article also mentioned that Anonymous plans to focus on Big Oil:

In related news, Anonymous said it planned to attack oil firms and banks supporting the controversial extraction of oil from sand in Alberta, Canada. Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Canadian Oil Sands, Imperial Oil, and the Royal Bank of Scotland have been put on notice that they are likely to be targeted in Anonymous' latest operation, dubbed Project Tarmageddon.

Why the uptick in attacks? HSToday.us hinted that it could have something to do with the resumption of Julian Assange's appeal hearing on sexual misconduct charges.


But businesses should consider heeding Anonymous' claims that it wants to show how poor network security is. Could your company successfully prevent an Anonymous attack?

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Jul 13, 2011 1:02 PM Tim Tim  says:

No you go it wrong.  They are out to commit crimes under the illusion they are showing weak security.  The same thing as someone breaking through the window of your home, taking your stuff,  and telling you that you better get that fixed.

I can't believe people actually think they are doing this as some kind of favor to everyone else.  If they were they wouldn't be posting emails, logins and passwords of everyone.  Including our own military who are serving in other countries risking their lives only to get screwed by these thugs.

They have even did this to the police in Arizona, putting their familes lives as risk.  Anyone who supports this group is a low life person.


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