Hacker Tries to Sell Stolen US Military Documents, Cyber Security Research Files:
Documents which may give an enemy clues to the possible weaknesses of the Pentagon’s MQ-9 Reaper drone purportedly have been up available on the Internet, a cybersecurity research firm says, amid worries about whether the U.S. military is doing enough to secure its data.
The Recorded Future firm said an unidentified hacker last month was hoping to sell the documents for as little as $150 after allegedly stealing them from the computer of an Air Force captain stationed in a base in Nevada.
The revelation comes after army officials said in June that the Department of Defense inspector general was probing a separate security violation.
However there was no evidence the mystery hacker was tied to a foreign nation or specifically was seeking to steal military records, the company advised the Wall Street Journal.
Instead, they stated the hacker scanned swathes of the Internet to locate Netgear routers that were installed improperly and then exploited a vulnerability to swipe documents from machines. The supposed documents that the hacker got associated with the upkeep of the drones, which can be utilized for overseas strikes and surveillance missions.
Recorded Future supposes the hacker could be from South America, as the person communicated in broken English and Spanish. The company posed as a possible buyer and swapped messages with the pirate, occasionally getting screenshots of the purported stolen files, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The hacker also reportedly was selling U.S. military documents like a tank operation manual and information about the best way best to reduce the capabilities of improvised explosive devices.
The company said it advised Homeland Security about the alleged hack and was advised that it had been investigated.