Hackers take out US security contractor

Hacking group Anonymous claims to have broken into the network of US government contractor Mantech and posted some NATO-related correspondence online.

AnonymousIRC showed the emails as proof of the breach and they appear to involve NATO contracting offices. One talks about deploying tech staff to some war zone that NATO is involved with.  We are sure that the Taliban can do something with that.

Mantech offers cyber security among its services so it might be a little miffed that Anonymous have gained access.

The attack seems to have suggested that the campaign against Anonymous by the FBI and the British coppers does not seem to be working.

Inspector Knacker of the Yard has arrested three people in connection with the breaches, including teenager Jake Davis in Yell, in the Shetland Islands, off Scotland’s northeast coast.

The 18-year-old has been charged with hacking into systems, assisting offences, and conspiracy to carry out attacks on the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

According to the Guardian, Jake Davis was brought to London for questioning, is charged with: unauthorised access to a computer system; encouraging/assisting offences contrary to section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007, conspiracy with others to carry out a distributed denial of service attack on Soca’s website; conspiracy to commit offences under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Coppers who interviewed him are confident that he is the hacker “Topiary” who was Anonymous’s mouthpiece. There are claims online that the coppers have not arrested anyone who is in the inner circle of the outfit yet. Indeed there is a belief that Anonymous has been purging itself of people it does not like by making names of splitters available to the public.

There was even talk that Anonymous’s recent call to boycott Paypal electronic payment service, or to close existing accounts is an attempt to go legitimate after losing too many members.