The hacking collective known as SiegedSec has claimed responsibility for a significant data breach, asserting that they have leaked more than 3,000 files from the North American Treaty Organization (NATO).
Furthermore, in a post on Telegram, the group, which has previously identified themselves as “gay furries,” shared screenshots of the data and described its contents. The leaked data is said to have originated from NATO’s “Learning Management System” and includes files from various portals, some of which are marked as unclassified but intended for official use within NATO and Five Eyes intelligence alliance nations.
While the nature of the data suggests it contains potentially sensitive information, it remains uncertain whether it includes content already available to the public. This development follows a previous claim by SiegedSec in July, in which they asserted they had accessed unclassified documents from NATO’s online portals.
Those leaks reportedly included data like agency personnel names and contact information. SiegedSec has previously been associated with politically motivated hacks, targeting government entities, and websites. The group’s stated motive for targeting NATO in this case is primarily for amusement and to highlight perceived weaknesses in cybersecurity defenses.
In response to these breaches, NATO has acknowledged facing persistent cyber threats and emphasized its commitment to cybersecurity measures. The organization has stated that cyber experts are actively addressing incidents affecting some unclassified NATO websites and that additional security measures have been implemented.
NATO has reassured that these incidents have not impacted its missions, operations, or military deployments, although the breach raises concerns about the security of sensitive data held by international organizations and underscores the ongoing challenges posed by cyber threats.