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'Anonymous' Hacker Group Teaches Shady Cyber-Security Companies a Lesson They'll Never Forget | MediaFebruary 16, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Aaron Barr must feel like he's wearing clown shoes.
One of the groups targeted by the law firm Hunton & Williams in an effort to discredit critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made good on its threat to file a disciplinary complaint with the District of Columbia Bar. Kevin Zeese, an attorney with StopTheChamber.com, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, sent a 14-page letter to the Office of Bar Counsel that accuses Hunton & Williams attorneys John W.
It has been an embarrassing week for security firm HBGary and its HBGary Federal offshoot. HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr thought he had unmasked the hacker hordes of Anonymous and was preparing to name and shame those responsible for co-ordinating the group's actions, including the denial-of-service attacks that hit MasterCard, Visa, and other perceived enemies of WikiLeaks late last year. When Barr told one of those he believed to be an Anonymous ringleader about his forthcoming exposé, the Anonymous response was swift and humiliating. HBGary's servers were broken into, its e-mails pillaged and published to the world, its data destroyed, and its website defaced. As an added bonus, a second site owned and operated by Greg Hoglund, owner of HBGary, was taken offline and the user registration database published.
SearchSecurity.com Staff Published: 07 Feb 2011 The group known as "Anonymous," which is tied to attacks on U.S. companies denying funds to WikiLeaks, has taken down security vendor HBGary Federal and stolen research SearchSecurity.com members gain immediate and unlimited access to breaking industry news, virus alerts, new hacker threats, highly focused security newsletters, and more -- all at no cost. Join me on SearchSecurity.com today! and other data associated with HBGary co-founder and malware expert Greg Hoglund. HBGary Federal was spun-off of HBGary Inc. in late 2009.
March 01, 2011 Chinese hackers that attacked systems at Google and Adobe also infiltrated global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, according to internal emails stolen from HBGary, a security firm that was working with the bank. In the emails, made public earlier this month by the activist hacker group Anonymous following a vengeful hack , an HBGary researcher said Morgan Stanley provided him details of the attack but asked that the information be kept secret. The financial institution was one of those targeted in a series of coordinated attacks that have been dubbed “Operation Aurora.” Bloomberg News first reported this story on Monday. “They were hit hard by the real Aurora attacks (not the crap in the news),” Phil Wallisch, senior security engineer at HBGary, wrote in a June 4 email to HBGary President Penny Leavy-Hoglund.
Monday 07 February 2011 10:05 Hacking group Anonymous has lashed out at security firm HBGary Federal, which has been investigating its members. The security firm, in collaboration with the FBI, has been working to identify members of the group responsible for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on companies that suspended services to Wikileaks . Unlike the DDoS attacks, the latest activities by Anonymous members involved true hacking skills, according to Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at Sophos. This time, Anonymous compromised the HBGary website and replaced it with an image explaining the group's motivation, as well as downloading more than 60,000 emails from the company and posting them on The Pirate Bay, said Wisniewski. The Twitter account of HBGary's chief executive, Aaron Barr, was compromised and tweeted multiple offensive messages, as well as his home address, social security number and cell phone number.
Anonymous has attracted plenty of attention from all sorts of news organizations; but their recent pro-Wikileaks hack attacks have finally landed them on the most important show in all of television: "The Colbert Report." Colbert dug into the twisted saga of Anonymous vs. the security firm HBgary, which ended with HBGary employees' inboxes spilled all over the web. Colbert at his geekiest, and good press for Anonymous—here's a rare mainstream outlet portraying them in almost heroic light, compared with usual darkness. Literally cannot wait until Glenn Beck discovers Anonymous.
By Jerome Taylor – 18 February 2011 Online activist group Anonymous has uncovered a proposal by a consortium of private contractors to attack and discredit whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Last week Anonymous volunteers broke into the servers of HB Gary Federal, a security company that sells investigative services to companies, and posted thousands of the firm's emails on to the internet. The attack was in revenge for claims by the company's chief executive Aaron Barr that he had successfully infiltrated the shadowy cyber protest network and discovered details of its leadership and structure.
Morgan Stanley was hit by a “very sensitive” breach to its network by the same attackers who penetrated computer systems maintained by Google and dozens of other companies, according to leaked emails reviewed by Bloomberg News. The emails came from California-based HBGary, which suffered a major compromise of its own at the hands of hackers from Anonymous. After being hired by Morgan Stanley in 2010, HBGary members found that the world's top merger adviser fell prey to the so-called Aurora hacks, which siphoned source code and other sensitive data from the victim companies over a period of many months. “They were hit hard by the real Aurora attacks (not the crap in the news),” Phil Wallisch, a senior security engineer at HBGary, wrote in one email. In a May 10 email to HBGary President Penny Leavy-Hoglund, Wallisch wrote: “They have given me access to a very sensitive report on their Aurora experience.
Aaron Barr believed he had penetrated Anonymous. The loose hacker collective had been responsible for everything from anti-Scientology protests to pro-Wikileaks attacks on MasterCard and Visa, and the FBI was now after them. But matching their online identities to real-world names and locations proved daunting.
(update below) HBGary Federal, provider of classified cybersecurity services to the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and other US government agencies, has opted over the past months to go to war with the group of WikiLeaks supporters known as Anonymous. The Tech Herald reported today on HBGary Federal and two other data intelligence firms “strategic plan” for an attack against WikiLeaks.
Prácticamente unas horas es lo que se ha tardado en dar luz verde al primer "cable" con el que Anonymous oficializa AnonLeaks , una especie de WikiLeaks creada por el grupo de activistas que os comentábamos ayer. De los correos electrónicos publicados ayer se filtra que HBGary se encontraba en fase de desarrollo de un nuevo tipo de rootkit para Windows , indetectable y casi imposible de eliminar en el sistema operativo. Para aquellos que no lo sepan, cuando hablamos de rootkit hablamos de herramientas que pueden realizar tareas de espionaje en programas, claves, archivos o directorios.
by Steve Ragan - Feb 7 2011, 12:30 HBGary hacked by Anonymous. Aaron Barr, the CEO of HBGary Federal, told the Financial Times this weekend that he used clues found online to discover the identities of key Anonymous members. Anonymous reacted to the story and Barr’s claims with a massive attack aimed at the security firm, leveraging local root exploits, shared passwords, and social engineering. In an interview with the Financial Times , Barr said that by using services such as LinkedIn, Classmates.com, Facebook, as well as IRC itself, he was able to connect the dots and identify several high-level Anonymous members, including “Owen” and “Q”, two people mentioned by their IRC names in the actual news report. Having spent several months on IRC with people who associate under the banner of Anonymous, The Tech Herald can confirm that Q and Owen are actual names used by people on the AnonOps network.
by Steve Ragan - Feb 11 2011, 18:28 Berico Technologies severs ties with HBGary. (IMG: WikiLeaks)
Sunday, February 20, 2011 Leaked emails have revealed a plot by private internet security firms to bring down WikiLeaks. The plot was allegedly created on behalf of the Bank of America — the largest bank in the US. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has said Bank of America will be the subject of future leaks. Computer-hacker group Anonymous revealed the plot after stealing 50,000 internal emails from internet security company HBGary Federal. The hackers attacked the HBGary Federal website after executive Aaron Barr boasted to the media that the company was working to expose members of WikiLeaks, The New York Times said on February 11.