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Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack

Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack
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. Anonymous: more than kids HBGary and HBGary Federal position themselves as experts in computer security. Time for an injection Related:  Anonymous & LulzSec

How one man tracked down Anonymous -- and paid a heavy price 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. In a private e-mail to a colleague at his security firm HBGary Federal, which sells digital tools to the US government, the CEO bragged about his research project. "They think I have nothing but a heirarchy based on IRC [Internet Relay Chat] aliases!" But had he? "We are kind of pissed at him right now" Barr's "pwning" meant finding out the names and addresses of the top Anonymous leadership. "At any given time there are probably no more than 20-40 people active, accept during hightened points of activity like Egypt and Tunisia where the numbers swell but mostly by trolls," he wrote in an internal e-mail. Indeed, publicity was the plan. Were Barr's vaunted names even correct?

Barr resigns over Anon hack High performance access to file storage HBGary Federal chief exec Aaron Barr has resigned in a bid to allow the firm to draw a line under the continuing revelations from the Anonymous hack attack. Barr was the prime mover in plans to out senior members of Anonymous at the B-Sides security conference last month. The emails included the revelation that Morgan Stanley, a HBGary client, was hit by the Operation Aurora attacks of late 2009, as well as messages that purported to show HBGary was planning a dirty tricks campaign against WikiLeaks. HBGary, while admitting it was hacked and not denying the authenticity of any particular message, has said that the notorious mischief maker at Anonymous had plenty of opportunity to alter the published emails. Adding insult to injury, HBGary has become the topic of comedy sketches, with comedian Stephen Colbert devoting a segment of the Colbert Report to the hack on 24 January.

Session Start: Mon Feb 07 03:17:59 2011 Session The Guardian - US sec. firms planned to attack WL The hacker collective Anonymous claims to have unearthed proposals by a consortium of US security firms to attack WikiLeaks, ahead of reportedly planned disclosures about the Bank of America. Leaked emails apparently suggest that three private security firms – HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies – pitched a plan to undermine the whistleblowers' site to a law firm which has represented the Bank of America. BoA, the largest US bank, is thought to be the next target of WikiLeaks releases. Anonymous began releasing tens of thousands of emails sent by HBGary Federal late last week, after the loose-knit "hacktivist" group attacked the security firm's computer systems. Aaron Barr, the company's chief executive, was targeted by Anonymous following a newspaper interview in which he claimed to be able to expose senior members of the shadowy internet collective. "Anonymous should be regarded as the criminal group it is," Leavy told a security conference in San Francisco.

Corporate plot to silence WikiLeaks revealed 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. Anonymous supported WikiLeaks in December by shutting down the websites of Visa, Mastercard and PayPal after those companies cut off WikiLeaks’ ability to raise funds via their services. The emails included a report commissioned by law firm Hunton & Williams, apparently on behalf of Bank of America, said on February 7. From GLW issue 869

Everything Anonymous Open Letter to Al Jazeera To Whom It May Concern: Thank you, Al Jazeera, for your outstanding coverage in the streets of Egypt. Your constant reporting and unbiased journalism has helped unite the revolutionaries, and the world. We stand with the people, waiting for Hosni Mubarak to relinquish the presidency and restore power to the people of Egypt. As the protests escalated, so did the amount of people across the world watching Al Jazeera. The ideals of freedom and human rights are sought after throughout the globe. This has been an open letter from ANONYMOUS31 January, 2011 We do not forget,We do not forgive,We love you, Expect Us All content on this website is automatically licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. BoA Fraud & Corruption Docs. Anonymous victim HBGary goes to ground 16 February 2011Last updated at 18:33 HBGary's website was replaced with a logo and statement from Anonymous The computer security company hacked by members of activist group Anonymous has gone to ground as further revelations about its activities leak online. HBGary has cancelled its appearances at public events, saying that members of staff had been threatened. It follows the release of internal documents which appear to show the firm offered to smear Wikileaks' supporters. HBGary officials said the online messages could have been altered prior to publication. The company's founder, Greg Hoglund had been scheduled to give a talk at the RSA Security conference in San Francisco this week, but pulled out at the last minute. The company also withdrew from an associated exhibition. "In an effort to protect our employees, customers and the RSA Conference community, HBGary has decided to remove our booth and cancel all talks," it said in a statement posted on its website. Government payload