Hackers Anti American Breach
News organizations from across the Internet have learned that an infamous computer hacking coalition with anti-U.S. inclinations has triumphantly breached into at least two critical Internet servers overseen and maintained by the U.S. Armed Forces.
Consequently, the U.S. Department of Defense has sent out investigators to subpoena records from Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo (as well as many other e-mail service providers and ISPs) as part of a concerted effort to uncover the real identities of the perpetrators behind the incident.
The continuing cyber crime investigation is being led by the members and officials of the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Office, and the Defense Department. They are all delving deep into the circumstances behind the security penetration, and only a scant amount of details about the investigation has been revealed to the public so far.
Turkey based Cyber hacker gangs on the rise
Anyhow, the Turkey-based cyber criminals responsible for the hack (who all go by the group name "m0sted") infiltrated servers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Center in Winchester, Virginia, and at the McAlester Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma.
Investigators speculate that the cyber terrorists used a method called SQL injection to compromise the Microsoft SQL Server database used by the military servers. The hacking technique allows them to infiltrate and access the system via the SQL Server's unpatched security hole.
The "m0sted" group is also notorious for performing the same kind of attacks on a number of other web servers in the past, particularly on a site maintained by the popular online security organization Kaspersky Lab. Their usual modus operandi was clearly seen in the military breaches.
The security hack at the McAlester Ammunitions Plant happened just this January, according to records actually accessible to the public. During that time, users trying to get into the plant's homepage were instead redirected to a web address that featured complaints and protests about the Earth's climate change. However, other than the redirects, it's not quite evident whether the black hat hacking group was able to steal classified data and records from the military's servers or not.
In conclusion, the most disconcerting issue about the recent cyber attacks was how easily the hackers rendered moot the complex and expensive Defense Department equipment and processes designed to prevent such hacks. Also, because "m0sted" is a Turkish group, there is speculation that they could be connected with the Al-Qaeda network as well. Turkey is known to harbor fugitives from Osama Bin Laden's terrorist group.