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On November 16, 2009, Greg Hoglund, a cofounder of computer security firm HBGary, sent an e-mail to two colleagues.
Overview The following emails clearly establish Matthew Steckman's (Foward Deployed Engineer at Planatir) involvement in the creation of the leaked presentation/proposal entitled, "The Wikileaks Threat," including content allegedly considered unethical by the Internet security firm, Palantir, and possibly illegal under U.S. law. According to emails sent and received by Steckman, Matthew Steckman:
Recently I’ve been reading the excellent work by Jamais Cascio and thinking about the concept of "openness."
> Why is "mostly Aaron Barr"? The emails show that Aaron Barr AND HBGary CEO Greg Hoglund have no professional or moral scruples and cannot be trusted.
From Examiner National By Sean Kerrigan The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage “fake people” on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.
Even as the FBI was conducting its ongoing campaign of surveillance and armed raids against those of us involved in the Anonymous activist collective , that and other "law enforcement" agencies were simultaneously providing resources and work opportunities to a collection of federal contractors , which were themselves engaged in a variety of reckless and unethical activities to which they are now being held to account by the press, if not the government. Anyone who had written up such a situation as fiction would rightfully be thrown out of a publisher's office for having produced a work of fiction with such a ludicrous plot.
Internet: les pirates d'Anonymous accusés de proférer des menaces physiques
When Aaron Barr was finalizing a recent computer security presentation for the US Transportation Security Administration, a colleague had a bit of good-natured advice for him: "Scare the sh*t out of them!"