Hack Confirmed; Oil Companies Eyed

Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 04:07 PM gHale

In a continued protest against the establishment, and after hitting government contractors, hackers are now vowing to target Monsanto and oil companies.

As far as the government contractor goes, while it came as no big surprise, Booz Allen Hamilton did confirm it suffered an “illegal attack.” That confirmation came on the heels of hackers posting what they said were about 90,000 military email addresses stolen from Booz Allen’s server.

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“Booz Allen Hamilton has confirmed … that the posting of certain data files on the Internet … was the result of an illegal attack. We are conducting a full review of the nature and extent of the attack. At this time, we do not believe that the attack extended beyond data pertaining to a learning management system for a government agency,” the company said.

“Our policy and security practice is generally not to comment on such matters; however, given the publicity about this event, we believe it is important to set out our preliminary understanding of the facts,” the company added. “We are communicating with our clients and analyzing the nature of this attack and the data files affected. We maintain our commitment to protect our clients and our firm from illegal thefts of information.”

Meanwhile, the Anonymous online activist collective, which is part of the AntiSec campaign that claimed it had attacked Booz Allen Hamilton, said it had attacked Web servers of Monsanto and released data on employees to protest the company’s lawsuits against organic dairy farmers for stating on labels that their products don’t contain growth hormones.

“Over the last 2 months we have pushed the exposure of hundreds of pages of articles detailing Monsanto’s corrupt, unethical, and downright evil business practices,” Anonymous said on the Pastebin site. “We blasted their Web infrastructure to **** for two days straight, crippling all three of their mail servers as well as taking down their main Web sites worldwide. We dropped dox [released information] on 2,500+ employees and associates, including full names, addresses, phone numbers, and exactly where they work. We are also in the process of setting up a wiki, to try and get all collected information in a more centralized and stable environment.”

A list of more than 2,550 names, addresses, and email addresses are now up on the Pastee.org Web site.

St. Louis-based Monsanto was not immediately available for comment.

Anonymous also unveiled “Operation Green Rights/Project Tarmaggedon,” against Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Canada Oil Sands, Imperial Oil, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and others.

“This week, activists are gathering along U.S. Highway 12 in Montana to protest the transformation of a serene wilderness into an industrial shipping route, bringing ‘megaloads’ of refinery equipment to the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada,” the group said. “Anonymous will not stand by idly and let these environmental atrocities continue. This is not the clean energy of the future that we are being promised.”

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