Anonymous Strike Booz Allen Hamilton in Military Meltdown Monday Campaign
In yet another security incident involving a defense contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, suffered massive security breach.
Pentagon is coordinating with concerned agencies to assess the security situation. Attack groups are following the trend initiated by Lulz Sec of publishing stolen information online. By posting the confidential logins and e-mail addresses online, attackers are allowing large number of crime groups to misuse confidential information to launch more sophisticated and target-based attacks. According to Internet security firm Sophos, Anonymous was also successful in extracting around 4 gigabytes of source code from the servers of Booz Allen Hamilton. The group has termed the latest attack as Military Meltdown Monday.
Attackers have frequently targeted military related sites and networks in the recent times including those on Lockheed Martin and several websites associated with Gannett Government Media, a defense related publication group. Repeated attacks have exposed the security lapses on government and military related establishments.
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