In an attack reminiscent of the hacking of the U.S. Senate Web site, Arizona police and an FBI affiliate, activist hacker group AntiSec hacked into a defense and homeland security consultant and posted online as many as 67,000 unique e-mail addresses, out of which 53,000 carried .mil domains.
Initial reports had claimed that the hacking had stolen as many as 90,000 military e-mails from U.S. contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, but the Associated Press said it could count only about 67,000 unique e-mail addresses.
The remaining addresses were affiliated with educational institutions or defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin Corp. or SAIC, the report said.
The report also said though the passwords for the e-mail addresses were encrypted, many of the passwords looked easily breakable and they could be used to break into military inboxes.
Booz Allen said in a tweet it does not generally comment on specific threats or actions taken against its systems as part of cyber-warfare.
AntiSec had said in a post that government agencies and federal contractors hold treasure chests buried within and that its members will keep themselves busy intruding into more of them.
“We found maps and keys for various other treasure chests buried on the islands of government agencies, federal contractors and shady whitehat companies. ... This material surely will keep our blackhat friends busy for a while.”