Posted on February 11, 2016 by CELO NET
Hackers Breach Bolivian Army Email Servers
[bold]A group of four hackers have breached the official email servers belonging to the Bolivian Army, downloaded emails, and dumped some of the data online.[/bold]
Guilty of this attack are Hanom1960, the Chilean Hackers crew, and Hazzard, all of whom, based on their tweets, seem to be from Latin America.
According to two screenshots shared with Softpedia by Hanom, the Bolivian Army was running their internal email server on VMWare’s Zimbra service.
Hanom told Softpedia they used an older known Zimbra exploit, but their work was also simplified by “[expletive] configurations.”
[bold]Data doesn’t include any sensitive military or state secrets[/bold]
The dumped data contains internal emails exchanged between various officers with all the boring things you’d expect army members to talk about, like conference invitations, activity reviews, to-print documents, and so on.
Additionally, some of the dumped files also included a list of names, positions, and the emails of various army officers, but some of this data was also available via a simple Google search.
Just after releasing the data dump, some of the members also started tweeting out the emails of various army members along with their current passwords.
The hackers said they took a special interest in the Bolivian Army after being made aware of the rampant corruption in its ranks.
[bold]There’s a cyber-history between Chile and Bolivia[/bold]
While the leaked military emails didn’t contain any state secrets, the Bolivian Army may not be thrilled about having their email server pwned and its admin account passed around between Twitter accounts like a rag doll.
Back in February 2015, Bolivia allocated funds for the creation of a “sovereign cloud” infrastructure to host some of its data after various institutions were attacked by Chilean hackers. Targets included the Bolivian Ministry of Communication, Police, and Navy websites.
Hackers breached servers and dumped the data online, just like in this case. In the past, Chilean hackers attacked Bolivian institutions because of a maritime dispute, but the hackers Softpedia talked with didn’t mention anything about it.
The so-called “sovereign cloud” project has not yet been completed, and the Bolivian Ministry of Public Works is on a two-year timeline to have it running by the start of 2017.