Hackers Infiltrates Booz Allen
A latest revelation indicates that hackers are strengthening their hacking attempts as obvious from their intensified assault on government-related targets taking into consideration the latest Booz Allen Hamilton infiltration, a top technology contractor to the United States military and many federal government agencies, reported The New York Times on July 12, 2011.
The hackers admitted on the Internet that they had cleaned out 4 Gigabytes of Booz Allen's source code and robbed 90,000 e-mail addresses though they were able to obtain the encrypted versions of the e-mail passwords.
The addresses will turn out priceless to prospective hackers as the owners could be sent spoof e-mails specially designed to allure them towards clicking on a malicious link. However, according to Anup Ghosh, Founder of the Invincea security company, 5-20% recipients are likely to click the link if it's a well-crafted e-mail, reports REUTERS on JULY 11, 2011.
However, similar incidents were also noticed when the job site of Washington Post was affected by an unauthorized third party. Though people the passwords or other personal information of people were affected, security experts held the view that these people are likely to receive junk e-mail or spam in future.
It is however held that the recent Booz Allen attack was a part of the ongoing campaign called AntiSec by the hackers and it contains elements of the Anonymous and Lulz Security collectives, which is an effort against corrupt corporations and governments.
Hackers intended to share all important prerequisites for stealing assets with government agencies, federal contractors and security companies, with cyber crooks.
Booz Allen refused to confirm the attack while communicating on Twitter and opined towards remaining mum on specific threats or action against their systems, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL on July 11, 2011.
A spokesman from the Defense Department stated that they are aware of the disgraceful event and are integrating with their federal partners, reports The Telegraph on July 20, 2011. All in all, users are recommended to remain concerned towards any unsolicited e-mails that could eventually turn to be phishing attacks for stealing passwords and other personal data.
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