Hackers Claim to Target FBI Contractor, Police

Response to Arrest of 14 Alleged Anonymous Members
Hackers Claim to Target FBI Contractor, Police
Supporters of 14 alleged members of the hacking group Anonymous arrested last month (see FBI Nabs 14 in 'Anonymous' Hack) have remained busy targeting law enforcement and their affiliates in recent days.

ManTech International, a contractor that has cybersecurity contracts with the FBI valued at $100 million, last week became one of the latest victims of Anonymous, according to a posting by the group, which ManTech confirmed on Friday.

Also, under the Antisec name - a moniker used by Anonymous and Lulz Security, another hacking group - hackers on Saturday claimed to have attacked more than 70 American law enforcement agencies, including many county sheriff's departments.

The hackers said they've obtained 10 gigabytes of law enforcement data that contain the mail spools of police officers from dozens of different departments; usernames, passwords, Social Security numbers, home addresses and phone numbers to more than 7,000 officers; a list of hundreds of "snitches" who made anonymous crime tips; hundreds of internal police academy training files. "We demand prosecutors immediately drop all charges and investigations against all 'Anonymous' defendants," Saturday's Anonymous posting said.

A check Monday of some of the web addresses of law enforcement agencies the hackers cited could not be accessed.

Friday's Anonymous posting said it began releasing information about another ManTech client, NATO, in which one official had earlier suggested that countermeasures would be developed against Anonymous as attacks persist.

ManTech, on its homepage, posted the following message:

"All organizations attract cyberthreats in our highly networked world. Our practice is generally not to comment on reports involving security related matters. However, given current publicity, we wish to assure our customers, employees, shareholders and business partners that ManTech takes seriously recent reports of a cyberthreat, and we responsibly and actively address all sources of information about threats to our information and assets and those of our customers."

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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