On the heels of a successful attack on the right wing corporate group Americans for Prosperity, the hacker group known only as Anonymous claimed its first victim Tuesday: the head of a firm accused of proposing a hit job on the reputations of anyone standing in the way of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s corporate political goals. And there’s more of that where that came from…
The chief executive at data security firm HBGary Federal has resigned his job following a high-profile hack staged by online protest group “Anonymous.”
Aaron Barr, the embattled CEO, made the disclosure yesterday speaking to ThreatPost, an online security blog.
“I need to focus on taking care of my family and rebuilding my reputation,” he reportedly said. “It’s been a challenge to do that and run a company. And, given that I’ve been the focus of much of the bad press, I hope that, by leaving, HBGary and HBGary Federal can get away from some of that. I’m confident they’ll be able to weather this storm.”
The website of Washington DC-based HBGary Federal was hijacked earlier this month, along with Barr’s Twitter account. The company’s website was defaced with a message that read, “This domain seized by Anonymous under section #14 of the rules of the Internet.”
“Your recent claims of ‘infiltrating’ Anonymous amuse us, and so do your attempts at using Anonymous as a means to garner press attention for yourself,” the messaged continued. “How’s this for attention?”
He went on to complain that even at home, hackers were trying to break into his personal router, leaving him no choice but to drop offline entirely.
Barr later told the Financial Times that he’d identified the “core leaders” of the group and had information that could lead to their arrest. He even claimed to have infiltrated “Anonymous” to demonstrate social media security risks.
In addition to hacking the company’s website and Twitter account, “Anonymous” gained access to more than 44,000 company e-mails, which were released to the public in a 4.71 gigabyte Torrent file. The group also gained access to the report that was allegedly going to be sold to the FBI and posted it online (PDF). …
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Apparently, Anonymous are/is not done.
Their next target could be even juicier:
There was nothing terribly sophisticated about thedenial of service attackexecuted by the activist hackers at Anonymous totemporarily knock out the website of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
But the senior execs at Georgia Pacific and other corporate holdings controlled by the Koch brothers ought to be very nervous. Anonymous, best best known for similarly crippling businesses hostile to WikiLeaks, says it has begun actively probing for network weaknesses in Georgia Pacific and other Koch brothers’ holdings.
Should the activist hackers succeed in cracking into any of the Koch brothers corporate networks, Anonymous could solidify its emerging persona as a digital-age Robin Hood, says Josh Shaul, Chief Technology Officer of network security company Application Security.
“These guys have so much attitude and spunk,” says Shaul. “Anonymous is coming out of its shell and seems to be saying, ‘Hey, we’ll be the voice of the people, we’ll be the Robin Hood fighting for the poor against the powerful.’ ”
In this statement, Anonymous accuses the Koch brothers of “fabricating grassroots organizations and advertising campaigns to sway voters based on their falsehoods.” The statement concludes:
Anonymous hears the voice of the downtrodden American people, whose rights and liberties are being systematically removed one by one, even when their own government refuses to listen or worse – is complicit in these attacks. We are actively seeking vulnerabilities, but in the mean time we are calling for all supporters of true Democracy, and Freedom of The People, to boycott all Koch Industries’ paper products. We welcome unions across the globe to join us in this boycott to show that you will not allow big business to dictate your freedom.
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Meanwhile, for an idea of what groups like Anonymous are fighting, watch this:
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