According to reports doing rounds, a website related to the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), called e-Bookshop, a service that releases documents to the public, and is operated by an external company may have suffered a data breach.
Heavy price for enmity?
The organization had a frictional relationship with the popular online hacker, Anonymous that had gained notoriety over the past few weeks for its hack exploits. The clashes came after NATO issued a series of warnings to its member nations of the possible threat the hacks carried out by Anonymous were posing to their existence. The warning in question was a report issued by Lord Joplin, general rapporteur of NATO, sometime last month. The report extensively spoke about the series of attacks that were affecting the security and sanity of several units like MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Amazon, and WikiLeaks, among others. The hack group, on the other hand, passed off NATO’s actions as a part of it being ‘insecure’.
Updates to the news indicate that the now disbanded LulzSec had a role to play in the entire hack episode, since the details posted by the hacker group, LulzSec, as a part of their farewell release contained the list of 12,000 registered users of NATO’s e-Bookshop, among other files.