Threat Intelligence

04:40 PM

Sensitive DoD Data Discovered on Unprotected Server

Researcher found unsecured repository of 60,000 documents of sensitive US data on a publicly exposed Amazon Web Services "S3" bucket used by government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.

Security credentials and password information that could potentially yield access to sensitive Department of Defense military documents were among the 60,000 files found on an unsecured Amazon cloud server used by government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, according to a Gizmodo report.

UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery made the discovery of the unsecured documents, which contained a number of references to the DoD's combat support and intelligence agency US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). No passwords were needed to access the publicly exposed information, according to the report.

Although the NGA stressed that no classified information had been disclosed in the incident, the information could have provided a potential path for attackers to obtain highly sensitive data. An attacker could have found not only passwords to US government systems that store sensitive information, but unencrypted passwords for at least six government contractors who had a high-level of security clearance.

The documents also contained security credentials for a Booz Allen lead senior engineer, which would have provided his private SSH keys, according to the report.

Read more about the NGA incident here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2017 | 11:51:12 AM
This is the same firm that the IRS uses to manage the Federal Tax Information requirements and compliance checking. How can they be trusted?
User Rank: Ninja
6/2/2017 | 8:05:30 AM
How did this occur?
Wow, this occurence is an extreme oversight. My question is, how did this happen in the first place?
8 Ways Hackers Monetize Stolen Data
Steve Zurier, Freelance Writer,  4/17/2018
Securing Social Media: National Safety, Privacy Concerns
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/19/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
How to Cope with the IT Security Skills Shortage
Most enterprises don't have all the in-house skills they need to meet the rising threat from online attackers. Here are some tips on ways to beat the shortage.
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.