(The Hosting News) – AntiSec hacking group Anonymous is keeping busy increasing its operations. The group recently succeeded in a breach of a high profile military contractor’s servers and claimed a breach of an agricultural company.
Booz Allen Hamilton, a U.S. military contractor admitted that its system had been breached on Tuesday. With the breach, hackers extracted around ninety thousand user emails.
In response to the attack, Booz Allen Hamilton said in a statement, “We are conducting a full review of the nature and extent of the attack. At this time, we do not believe that the attack extended beyond data pertaining to a learning management system for a government agency.”
With the other attack, Anonymous targeted agricultural company Monsanto. In a posting, the group says it disabled Monsanto’s mail servers, caused site downtime, and released information pertaining to the company’s employees. With the attack, the group referenced its opposition to the company’s practices.
Anonymous is also said to be targeting large oil companies including ConocoPhillips and Exxon in future operations.
The group has gained a larger profile following the departure of co-hacking group LulzSec. LulzSec recently announced it was ceasing operations after targeting sites belonging to Sony, an FBI affiliate, PBS, the U.S. Senate, the CIA, and more.
The continuation of high profile attacks should not come as a surprise, even with the end of LulzSec. When announcing its departure, LulzSec asked its followers to support Anonymous. Meanwhile, Anonymous has also claimed some of the now defunct group’s members.
Both Anonymous and LulzSec have operated in a movement coined “AntiSec,” breaching sites based on political motives.
Worldwide authorities have responded to the hacking group with various arrests. It was recently reported that people suspected of involvement in Anonymous had been taken into custody in Italy and Switzerland. A teenager suspected of being involved with LulzSec was arrested last month shortly before the group disbanded.