Confidential information regarding everyone from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to researchers at the Idaho National Lab was included on a list compiled by hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group. The cyber-terrorists reportedly hacked thousands of email adresses and credit card numbers of men and women working for some of the nation's top corporations, the U.S. military and major defense contractors.
The Antisec faction of Anonymous claimed last week that it had hacked the information, and this weekend published lists on the Internet, including information on Kissinger, former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey, and contractors working for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Exxon, Thomson Reuters, and the Idaho National Laboratory.
In posting the data to pastebin.com, hackers said their list included information from about 75,000 customers of Strategic Forecasting, a private intelligence analysis firm. Hackers also claimed that they accessed information on 860,000 people who had registered to use the Stratfor website.
The entries included scrambled versions of passwords, but according to Reuters, some of the passwords could be unscrambled using databases known as rainbow tables.
A spokesman for the Pentagon said U.S. military officials did not detect any threat so far.
"We are not aware of any compromise to the Department of Defense information grid," said Lt. Col. Jim Gregory, a DOD spokesman.