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MISSION POSSIBLE: #OpMonsanto

In a recent Anonymous hacking mission dubbed #OpMonsanto, the hacker group attacked Monsanto, an international agricultural corporation by hacking into Monsanto’s system and releasing data concerning over 2,500 employees and connections.  Anonymous also took down Monsanto’s mail server and web assets and says it plans to create a Wikipedia page to store and organize the stolen information.

 

Anonymous has also released a statement proclaiming the soon-to-be targets for an operation called “Project Tarmeggedon.”  Anonymous is using this mission to victimize the companies involved in the Alberta, Canada oil sands development because of concerns that extracting oil from sand particles can be extremely damaging to the environment. Some of these targets include: Royal Bank of Scotland, Imperial Oil, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, and Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.

 

Anonymous has been actively infiltrating this past week – they also hacked major U.S. defense contracting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, and stole approximately 90,000 military email addresses, passwords, and other sensitive information (for more information about how relatively ‘low level’ personal information can be very damaging, click here).

 

This recent activity should be a red flag to the U.S. federal government since these indirect third party security breaches ultimately impact it.  According to a message posted on thepiratebay.org, Anonymous was able to access and hack Booz Allen Hamilton by “infiltrate[ing] a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place.” Anonymous also says it wiped out 4 GB of source code from the firm’s Apache SVN software revisioning and version control system.

 

Anonymous claims to have found hidden government secrets and its dealings, such as a secret “military project” to use social networking as a tool to manipulate the views of the public. Only time will tell whether these claims are true and who the next target will be in these cyber attacks by these hacktivists.

 

To learn more about U.S. state and federal cyber laws read “A Primer on Cybercrimes In The United States and Efforts to Combat Cybercriminals – 50 State and Federal Cyber Law and Proposed Legislation Survey,”  authored by Fernando Pinguelo and Bradford Muller and published by the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology (University of Virginia School of Law, Spring 2011), available here.

 

Priya S. Amin contributed to this post.

 

Sources:

 

http://www.darkreading.com/security/privacy/231001515/index.html

 

http://www.darkreading.com/security/attacks-breaches/231001569/anonymous-takes-aim-at-monsanto-oil-companies.html

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