recommended reading

Fraudsters exploit leaked dot-mil addresses

A July leak of 90,000 military email addresses and passwords has helped swindlers commit online fraud, FBI officials said.

The hacktivist group Anonymous on July 11 announced it had obtained, and later posted, the confidential data by cracking a computer system at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.

Now, imposters are using the traditionally trustworthy dot-mil addresses to place sham orders with e-commerce vendors, warned the Internet Crime Complaint Center, an FBI-led public private partnership. Businesses have witnessed an increase in fake dot-mil orders during the past 30 days, according to the center.

"As a result of this posting, merchants have reported some orders containing military email addresses have been identified as fraudulent," stated a center advisory issued Thursday. "Until this time, military email addresses typically meant an order was less likely to be fraudulent."

Simultaneously, the U.K. Metropolitan Police Service's Central e-Crime Unit on Friday announced that on Sept. 1 authorities arrested two men in their 20s believed to be from Anonymous and a similar prankster group called LulzSec for computer offenses committed under the online alias "Kayla."

"The arrests relate to our enquiries into a series of serious computer intrusions and online denial-of-service attacks recently suffered by a number of multinational companies, public institutions and government and law enforcement agencies in Great Britain and the United States," e-crime unit Detective Inspector Mark Raymond said in a statement.

Anonymous, which is known for defacing and taking information from websites it dislikes, seems to have targeted Booz Allen for its role in several government surveillance programs.

A note Anonymous published on a file-sharing website in July ridiculed Booz Allen's data safeguards. Given the firm specializes in defense and national security consulting, "you'd expect them to sail the seven proxseas with a state-of-the-art battleship, right?" it stated. "We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place."

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.