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By Graeme McNaughton     Jul 11, 2011 in Technology
Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting business and frequent contractor for the US military, is the latest to hit by the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous in the name of the 'Anti-Sec' movement.
The leak consists of over 90,000 military email accounts and password combinations, although there are multiple passwords listed for many accounts.
The news of an impending release was hinted to last night be 'Sabu', a prominent hacker within Anonymous, and also believed to be the leader of the now defunct Lulzsec, another 'hacktivist' group that worked with Anonymous in launching the 'Anti-Sec' movement.
Sabu's tweet hints that there is more to come from 'Military Meltdown Monday'. The same sentiment is repeated in the release provided with the download, making reference to HBGary, a technology security company and frequent contractor for the American government. HBGary was hit by Anonymous in February, seeing email communications posted online:
"One of the more interesting, and sadly overlooked, stories to emerge from HBGary's email server...was a military project...designed to manipulate social media. The main aims of the project were two fold: Firstly, to allow a lone operator to control multiple false virtual identities, or "sockpuppets". This would allow them to infiltrate discussions groups, online polls, activist forums, etc and attempt to influence discussions or paint a false representation of public opinion using the highly sophisticated sockpuppet software.
"The second aspect of the project was to destroy the concept of online anonymity, essentially attempting to match various personas and accounts to a single person through recognition shared of writing styles, timing of online posts, and other factors. This, again, would be used presumably against any perceived online opponent or activist.
"Another company involved was Booz Allen Hamilton. Anonymous has been investigating them for some time, and has uncovered all sorts of other shady practices by the company, including potentially illegal surveillance systems, corruption between company and government officials, warrantless wiretapping, and several other questionable surveillance projects. All of this, of course, taking place behind closed doors, free from any public
knowledge or scrutiny."
Booz Allen Hamilton has declined to comment on the intrusion, saying that under the company's security policy they "generally do not comment on specific threats or actions taken against our systems."
Booz Allen Hamilton has had its own share of controversy in the past. In 2006, it was discovered the company was contracted by the US government to assist in the electronic surveillance of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT. SWIFT runs a network which allows banks and other financial institutions to communicate with another, allowing transactions and transfers between them. The Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, a government program under the War on Terror, was used to track terrorist funds.
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