Anonymous Hacks French Defense Ministry Website

Hello folks!

A  Web portal managed by France’s Ministry of Defense was hacked by Anonymous. They leaked the site’s database to protest against the country’s intensive foreign arms trade operations.

The Anonymous hackers, targeted one of the Ministry’s smaller sites, the CIMD (Centre d’Identification des Materiels de la Defense) portal. A few hours afterwards the website was taken offline with a display message ” Our web portal will be temporarily unavailable due to maintenance actions.”

Anonymous hacked the database, gained admin panel access and leaked the sensitive information such as information on army suppliers and partners, FTP client usernames, website accounts, and PHP sessions.

In addition to the the database dump, screenshots of the site’s admin panel were also there. A few tests carried out has revealed that the army’s portal  seems to be a very old content management platform, if not one custom made just for France’s Ministry of Defense.

It wouldn’t be surprising that the hackers found it easy to break into portal’s backend, since as time goes by, most CMSs gather security vulnerabilities in droves.

Anonymous members justified their attack by posting a series of press articles regarding France’s weapons industry and its lucrative arms trade sector. Amnesty International 2012 article that listed France as the world’s second largest arms trader was one of the links they pointed to.

Anonymous says that France is selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most repressive regimes, and that France bought spying and surveillance tools from Italian firm The Hacking Team.

When will Anonymous strike again ?

Source: Akati

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