Firm That Teaches Cybersecurity Gets Hacked

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011  |  Updated 2:06 PM EDT
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Firm That Teaches Cybersecurity Gets Hacked

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The firm that has partnered with the University of Maryland to teach cybersecurity has been hacked.

Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor that provides cybersecurity to federal defense agencies, had its servers breached on Monday, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The group "Anonymous," which has launched cyber-attacks on businesses, banks, and governments around the world, claimed responsibility for the hack.  They posted the following message on the website Pirate Bay:

"We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security  measures in place. We were able to run our own application, which turned out to  be a shell and began plundering some booty. Most shiny is probably a list of  roughly 90,000 military emails and password hashes (md5, non-salted of course!). We also added the complete sqldump, compressed ~50mb, for a good measure."

At the end of their message, the group Anonymous included a $310 bill for the Booz Allen Hamilton, for what they called an "audit of your security systems."

Booz Allen, which has a base in McLean, Virginia, partnered with University of Maryland last fall to offer a range of graduate certificate programs on protecting information infrastructure.

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