Anonymous Deeds Fight the Oppressor and Saves World
THE DREAD DISEASE OPPRESSION
Who controls access to knowledge the informational content on the Internet? Is it the person seeking information or the governmental authorities seeking to limit access?
The limits of oppression are set by the rebellion of the oppressed.
OPPRESSION by its very nature creates the power that crushes it. A Champion arises - a Champion of the oppressed - whether it be a Cromwell or someone unrecorded, he will be there. He is born. Then out of the mystery of the unknown appeared a masked rider who rode up and down the great internet Hiway punishing and protecting and leaving upon the great oppressor the mark of ZORRO aka ANONYMOUS.
Free Network Foundation. FNF, a non-profit, peer-to-peer communications initiative striving to liberate the global Internet from corporate and governmental interference. Isaac Wilder and Tyrone Greenfield, communications director for the Free Network Foundation. A Global revolution, which comes in the form of nine-foot-tall Freedom Towers that beam out free, secure Wi-Fi to occupied sites and underserviced communities allows people to talk to one another online through no middle man.
The Global Intelligence Files - List of Releases re: Stratfor Highlights, according to Wikileaks: their deals would also include the use of privileged information to make money in financial markets. The Global Intelligence Files exposes how Stratfor has recruited a global network of informants who are paid via Swiss banks accounts and pre-paid credit cards. Government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money. Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and journalists around the world.
Wikileaks has published five million emails from Stratfor, an intelligence company based in Texas that, looking at their practices, appears to be America's very own privately run CIA. Stratfor CEO, George Friedman has tendered (or intends to tender) his resignation effective immediately From Pastebin ~ @AnonymousIRC 2/21/12
Attack on Vatican Web Site Operation Pharisee in a reference to the sect that Jesus called hypocrites & draw attention to child sexual abuse by priests, and the church’s World Youth Day among other issues.
Though Imperva declined to identify the target of the attack and kept any mention of the Vatican out of its report, two people briefed on the investigation confirmed that it had been the target. Imperva had a unique window into the situation because it had been hired by the Vatican’s security team as a subcontractor to block and record the DDoS attack.
A new age of Transparency Activism
WikiLeaks is a problematic system for acquiring and publishing leaks. It’s vulnerable to attacks from many sides: “patriotic” rival hackers and terrorists, legal attacks from governments, militaries and corporations. The value WikiLeaks provided to Manning was legal defense. And has it failed epically on that front.Unless a journalist is willing to deeply embed themself into the underground culture of Anonymous (a process that would take months of serious research and relationship building), she really has no way of confirming the validity of any Anonymous attack until it’s been reported by the victim. Anonymous has the opportunity to become a powerful publicity machine for activist causes, simply because the media is hungry to cover legitimate attacks. The group is perhaps more adept at “hacking” the media, generating a ton of interest around a specific issue, than pulling off actual network intrusions. Which is why Anonymous’s latest “partnership” with WikiLeaks makes so much sense. Anonymous can get the goods for WikiLeaks because, cloaked by anonymity, it is willing and able to operate outside the law. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks provides Anonymous with a powerful P.R. channel. The media trusts WikiLeaks. It has a mailing address and an official spokesman. It’s able to add a layer of credibility to any leak it publishes because it employs a paid staff. WikiLeaks and Anonymous could prove to be powerful allies in their shared war against government and corporate corruption.
Anonymous hacks Infragard again 2/27/12
Greetings Pirates! Another #FuckFBIFriday is here and once again we emerge from the hacker underground to wreak havoc upon the 1%'s institutions of repression"
DOS Denial of Service Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Justice website vanished from the Internet. Anyone attempting to visit it to report a crime or submit a complaint received a message saying the site was unable to load. More websites disappeared in rapid succession. The Recording Industry Association of America. The Motion Picture Association of America. Universal Music. Warner Brothers. The FBI. By nightfall, most of the sites had come back online, but the people responsible for the outages had made their point.
By clicking on a link, they could launch a page that asked them to identify a target. Thousands typed in the address of the Justice Department site and clicked enter, bombarding it with a fusillade of meaningless commands. Overwhelmed, the site froze and dropped offline. In the chat network where Anonymous coordinated the attacks, the virtual warriors declared victory with a military phrase: "TANGO DOWN." The software used to fire these Internet missiles was the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, a name lifted from the video game "Command & Conquer." Yet the consequences of firing it were real -- a major law enforcement agency's web site was temporarily crippled, leaving the agency to observe that there had been a "degradation in service."
August 19, 2011 The politically oriented hacking group, Anonymous, has released 1GB of what is says are private e-mails and documents from an executive of a U.S. defense company that sells unmanned aerial vehicles to police and the U.S. military. The documents were publicized in a post on Pastebin, with links leading to the actual material on another website. The material purportedly belongs to Richard Garcia, a senior vice president at Vanguard who was a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent for 25 years.
Anonymous took special delight in the breach, as Garcia is director of InfraGard, an organization that liaises between private sector companies and the FBI. A group affiliated with Anonymous called LulzSecurity, or LulzSec, breached and defaced one of InfraGard's websites belonging to its Atlanta chapter in June.
WHO GOT THE MONEY - The Feds Secret Liquidity Lifelines.
S&P and the Bildenbergers All Part of the Plan "The Treasury Department revealed that S&P's decision was initially based on a $2 trillion error in accounting. However, even after this enormous error was corrected, S&P went ahead with the downgrade. This suggests that S&P had made the decision to down grade independent of the evidence. S&P CEO Deven Sharma was a key contributor at the 2009 Bilderberg Summit that organized 120 of the world's richest men and women to push for an end to the dollar as the global reserve currency.
FANTASTIC! Operation Empire State Rebellion: Anonymous says it plans to target the NY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
designed to shut down the agency's Web site starting 6/15/11. The group is calling for public protests until Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down. The campaign, is timed to coincide with Flag Day in the U.S., which is June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the national flag in 1777.
LulzSec disbanded 6/25/2011 “We like to clarify again: All LulzSec members are accounted for, nobody is hiding. Only a name was abandoned for the greater glory #AntiSec,” says a tweet from @AnonymousIRC.
LulzSec, known for recently attacking the websites of NPR and Sony Pictures, claimed to have hacked 55 porn websites and published administrator emails and passwords. LulzSec also said they had hacked Pron.com and posted 26,000 user passwords and emails. Among the email addresses discovered in the Pron cache, LulzSec made special mention of those belonging to government and military employees. It was all "just for mild fun!" according to the group's Twitter feed.
LulzSec have become Hacker Folk Heroes – http://uleak.it/?3ew practically overnight. Who is really to blame here? The companies that don't keep their customer's data secure or the hackers that expose it? LulzSec said that many of their previous high profile hacks used EASY exploits and well known software vulnerabilities. This means other hackers could have easily accessed, stolen and compromised the data as well, they just didn't advertise it to the world. The companies being hit either have 1) incompetent data security people; or 2) their data security people have made recommendations and management wouldn't fund it; or 3) they outsource all the data processing to outside companies who are NOT doing an inadequate job. As these hacks are more thoroughly investigated and reported, it will be interesting to see who really was responsible for the lapses. The Internet will eventually be a safer, better place because of these incursions.
Dear Internets: All Your Base Are Belong To Us! Jun 5, 2011
Dear Internets, It has come to our unfortunate attention that NATO and our good friend Barrack Osama-Llama 24th-century Obama have recently upped the stakes with regard to hacking. They now treat hacking as an act of war. So, we just hacked an FBI affiliated website (Infragard, specifically the Atlanta chapter) and leaked its user base. We also took complete control over the site and defaced it, check it out if it's still up: http://infragardatlanta.org/ While not very many logins (around 180), we'd like to take the time to point out that all of them are affiliated with the FBI in some way. Most of them reuse their passwords in other places, which is heavily frowned upon in the FBI/Infragard handbook and generally everywhere else too. One of them, Karim Hijazi, used his Infragard password for his personal gmail, and the gmail of the company he owns. "Unveillance", a whitehat company that specializes in data breaches and botnets, was compromised because of Karim's incompetence. We stole all of his personal emails and his company emails. We also briefly took over, among other things, their servers and their botnet control panel. After doing so, we contacted Karim and told him what we did. After a few discussions, he offered to pay us to eliminate his competitors through illegal hacking means in return for our silence. Karim, a member of an FBI-related website, was willing to give us money and inside info in order to destroy his opponents in the whitehat world. We even discussed plans for him to give us insider botnet information. Naturally we were just stringing him along to further expose the corruption of whitehats. Please find enclosed Karim's full contact details and a log of him talking to us through IRC. Also, enjoy 924 of his internal company emails - we have his personal gmail too, unreleased. We call upon journalists and other writers to delve through the emails carefully, as we have uncovered an operation orchestrated by Unveillance and others to control and assess Libyan cyberspace through malicious means: the U.S. government is funding the CSFI to attack Libya's cyber infrastructure. You will find the emails of all 23 people involved in the emails. Unveillance was also involved in a scheme where they paid an Indian registrar $2000 to receive 100 domains a month that may be deemed as botnet C&Cs. Shameful ploys by supposed "whitehats". We accept your threats, NATO. Game on, losers. Now we are all sons of bitches, Lulz Security
2011 Anonymous reveals passwords for hundreds of Middle East government email accounts
Anonymous has been hard at work. After hacking into Iran's government servers and getting away with over 10,000 email messages, they have launched yet another attack, this time targeting Middle Eastern government officials, in what the collective calls support for the Arab revolutions. As reported on Twitter, a document was released on PasteBin, a site that already bears the reputation as a hangout for hackers, revealing the log-in details of hundreds of government officials from Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.
March 14, 2011 OperationLeakS continues to tweet out links to mirrors of the files. Gawker's Adrien Chen, who has sources within Anonymous, suggest there's something real to the leaks.
#BlackMonday Ex-Bank of America Employee Can Prove Mortgage Fraud Part 1
Bank of America employees' alleged orders to remove the Document Tracking Numbers (DTNs) which are standard across all office documentation from incriminating documents, deliberately making them immensely difficult to track down.
We believe that the evidence that is supposed to be so damning is a series of emails showing that employees of Balboa asked for certain loan identifying numbers to be deleted, and they were.
Anonymous said late Sunday evening, however, “this is part 1 of the Emails.” So perhaps more incriminating correspondence is to come. And to be honest, these messages could be incredibly damaging, but we're not mortgage specialists and don't know if this is or isn't common in the field.
How is Balboa able to charge such inflated premiums and get away with it?
It's all very simple. First, when you call in to customer service, for say, GMAC, you're not actually speaking to a GMAC employee. You're actually speaking to a Bank of America associate working for Balboa Insurance who is required by their business to business contract with GMAC to state that they are, in fact, an employee of GMAC. The reasoning is that if you do not realize you're speaking to a Bank of America/Balboa Insurance employee, you have no reason to question the validity of the information you are receiving from them. If you call your insurance agent and ask them for the lienholder information for your GMAC/Wells Fargo/etc lien (home or auto) you will be provided with their name, but the mailing address will be a PO Box at one of Balboa's 3 main tracking locations (Moon Township/Coreaopolis, PA, Dallas/Ft Worth, TX, or Phoenix/Chandler, AZ) Tells me Boa is knowingly hiding Foreclosure information from Feds…
March 7 2011 Wikileaks Bank Of America Fraud And Corruption Documents. make them pay #MakeWallstPay 600 homeowners have shut down DC Bank of America branch
Hacker Collective Anonymous To Release Documents Proving Bank Of America Committed Fraud This Monday 3/14/11 By Tyler Durden
After Julian Assange crashed and burned in his threat to release documents that expose fraud at Bank of America, many thought he had been only bluffing, and that BofA is actually clean. Not so fast. A member of the hacker collective Anonymous, which single handedly destroyed "hacker defense" firm HB Gary , who goes under the handle OperationLeakS "is claiming to be have emails and documents which prove "fraud" was committed by Bank of America employees, and the group says it'll release them on Monday" reports Gawker . As to the contents of the possible disclosure: ""He Just told me he have GMAC emails showing BoA order to mix loan numbers to not match it's Documents. to foreclose on Americans.. Shame." If indeed this makes the case against BofA' foreclosure practices stronger, it certainly explains why the banking consortium is scrambling to arrange a settlement, and also why Bank of America recently split off its $2 trillion in mortgages into "good bank" and "bad bank" entities.
As a "teaser", the Anonymous member released a November 1, 2010 email between two Balboa Insurance (a BAC subsidiary) employees, which while not proving any fraud, indicates he/she does indeed have access. The timeline on the email makes sense as it is a few weeks prior to the original disclosure that Wikileaks would expose BofA. Perhaps the Assange team merely handed off its materials to Anonymous, which has previously demonstrated its solidarity with the Australian on various occasions.
The full letter is below.
Gawker with more on why Brian Moynihan may not sleep too soundly overnight:
OperationLeaks, which runs the anti-Bank of America site BankofAmericasuck.com , says the employee contacted the group to blow the whistle on Bank of America's shady business practices. "I seen some of the emails… I can tell you Grade A Fraud in its purest form…" read one tweet. "He Just told me he have GMAC emails showing BoA order to mix loan numbers to not match it's Documents.. to foreclose on Americans.. Shame."
An Anonymous insider told us he believes the leak is real. "From what I know and have been told, it's legit," he said. "Should be a round of emails, then some files, possible some more emails to follow that." The documents should be released Monday on Anonleaks.ch , the same site where Anonymous posted  thousands of internal emails from hacked security company HBGary last month. That leak exposed  a legally-questionable plot to attack Wikileaks and ultimately led to the resignation  of HBGary CEO Aaron Barr.
It is unclear whether this will be yet another climax-free build up, but Anonymous has certainly proven their mettle by putting HBGary effectively out of business with one masterful hack.
Those I've spoken to in Anonymous are convinced there's something to this. Anonymous has a proven track record with leaks, and Bank of America has been in their crosshairs since they cut off  payments to Wikileaks in December. If it's real, it could be big. Keep your eye on anonleaks.ch: It should hit Monday.
We urge readers to check into http://hbgary.anonleaks.ch/  first thing Monday - after all this is the portal that released the original damning HBGary evidence, and brought down the firm within weeks. If it can do the same with Bank of America, Monday may just soon be a national holiday.
BAC Bad Bank Bank of America GMAC
Source URL: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/hacker-collective-anonymous-release-documents-proving-bank-america-committed-fraud-monday
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Spy games: Inside the convoluted plot to bring down WikiLeaks
Prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Operation Leakspin, Operation Payback and Operation Avenge Assange -- each outlining different tactics to demonstrate their support. Anonymous is a by-product of the political freedoms we often take for granted.
Legal experts and good-government advocates say taking a hard-line approach to leaks has a chilling effect on whistleblowers, who fear harsh legal reprisals if they dare to speak up. It is not a crime to shine a light on the inner workings of government especially when there are measures that could protect the nation's interests without hauling journalists into court and government officials off to jail. Government Accountability demands that Freedom of the Press deals with leaks that embarrass the government ie: U.S. intelligence.
Double Standard Power TripTop White House and administration officials give unauthorized information to Washington reporters almost daily, So why do these same authorities bully rank-and-file employees who get caught doing the same thing. Top officials frequently leak classified information and nothing happens to them. Daniel Ellsberg, a true patriot handed the Pentagon's top-secret assessment of the Vietnam War to New York Times reporters 40 years ago, and supports Julian Assange as we all should. No one investigated classified leaks to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward for the books he has written on war policy under both recent White Houses. POLITICO reported last year that Woodward sometimes arrived for official interviews carrying classified maps. If you don't support Army Private Bradley Manning, National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, Central Intelligence Agency officer Jeffrey Sterling, and mainstream journalists like Times reporter James Risen, YOU MIGHT BE THE NEXT TARGET FOR PROSECUTION.
Interesting look at Anonymous
Another interesting look: http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/The_Chanology_Experiments
WikiLeaks Threatens Its Own Leakers With $20 Million Penalty
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now makes his associates sign a draconian nondisclosure agreement that, among other things, asserts that the organizations huge trove of leaked material is solely the property of WikiLeaks, according to a report Wednesday.
You accept and agree that the information disclosed, or to be disclosed to you pursuant to this agreement is, by its nature, valuable proprietary commercial information, the agreement reads, the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of which would be likely to cause us considerable damage.
The confidentiality agreement (.pdf), revealed by the New Statesman, imposes a penalty of 12 million British pounds nearly $20 million on anyone responsible for a significant leak of the organizations unpublished material. The figure is based on a typical open-market valuation of WikiLeaks collection, the agreement claims.
Interestingly, the agreement warns that any breach is likely to cause WikiLeaks to lose the opportunity to sell the information to other news broadcasters and publishers.
WikiLeaks is not known to have sold any of its leaked material, though Assange has discussed the possibility in the past. The organization announced in 2008 that it was auctioning off early access to thousands of e-mails belonging to a top aide to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, but the auction ultimately fell apart.
Also protected by the agreement is the fact and content of this agreement and all newsworthy information relating to the workings of WikiLeaks. The New Statesmans copy is unsigned, so whoever leaked it might be safe from legal action by WikiLeaks.
Confirmation that John Young saw the rotten core of WikiLeaks early on...
WHO ARE THE
When you lose your fear you will be willing to stand up and fight using your Non Violent Strategy. History proves this is when all Tyrants like the Koch Brothers and other Regimes Crumble!!
HBGARY, MORGAN STANLEY, KOCH BROTHERS, BANK OF AMERICA
Anonymous' Operation Payback.
Some ideas are better than others. Whacking a hornet's nest isn't.
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. I will honor their wishes about not sharing the info with anyone, but the good news is that I have some great ideas for our
final reports." [...]
Dan Goodin in San Francisco 1st March 2011
The RSA security conference took place February 14-18 in San Francisco, and malware response company HBGary planned on a big announcement.
Fri Feb 25, 2011 http://arstechnica.com/staff/2011/02/our-anonymous-hbgary-coverage-on-colbert-report.ar
The firm was about to unveil a new appliance called "Razor," a specialized computer plugged into corporate networks that could scan company computers for viruses, rootkits, and custom malware even malicious code that had never been seen before.
Razor "captures all executable code within the Windows operating system and running programs that can be found in physical memory," said HBGary, and it then "'detonates' these captured files within a virtual machine and performs extremely low level tracing of all instructions." Certain behaviorsrather than confirmed signatureswould suggest the presence of malware inside the company.
The HBGary team headed over early to the RSA venue at the Moscone Center in order to set up their booth on the exhibition floor. Nerves were on edge. A week before, HBGary and related company HBGary Federal were both infiltrated by members of the hacker collective Anonymous, which was upset that HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr had compiled a dossier of their alleged real names. In the wake of the attack, huge batches of sensitive company e-mail had been splashed across the 'Net. HBGary employees spent days cleaning up the electronic mess and mending fences with customers.
On the RSA floor, a team put together the HBGary booth and prepared for the Razor announcement. CEO Greg Hoglund prepped his RSA talk, called "Follow the Digital Trail."
At RSA: "Anon: In it 4 the lulz..."
The HBGary team left for the night. When they returned the next morning, the opening day of the conference, they found a sign in their booth. It was from Anonymous.
"We had a lot to think about," HBGary's Vice President of Services, Jim Butterworth, told Ars. "We had just spent the previous week trying to clean things up and get ourselves back to normal, harden our systems, [and we] continued to hear the telephone calls and the threatsand I will add, these are very serious threats."
Now, with the appearance of the note in their RSA booth, the team felt not just electronically exposed; they felt physically threatened and stalked. "They decided to follow us to a public place where we were to do business and make a public mockery of our company," Butterworth said. "Our position was that we respected RSA and our fellow vendors too much to allow this spectacle to occur." Instead, HBgary Inc. pulled out of the conference. ZDNet journalist Ryan Naraine snapped a photo from the show floor:
HBGary's withdrawal note
ZDNet The attacks continue
On Sunday, February 6, the electronic assault had begun in earnest. As America sat down to watch the Super Bowl kickoff, five "members" of Anonymous infiltrated the website of security firm HBGary Federal. They had been probing HBGary Federal and related firm HBGary Inc. since Saturday, but on Sunday they struck gold with an SQL injection attack on HBGary Federal's content management system.
They quickly grabbed and decrypted user passwords from the website, which they used to move into HBGary Federal's hosted Google e-mail.By the time the attack was through,
the hackTIVISTS had compromised
HBGary Federal's website
deleted its backup data
took over Greg Hoglund's rootkit.com site
and locked both companies out of their e-mail accounts by changing the passwords.
The HBGary saga:
Anonymous to security firm working with FBI:
"You've angered the hive"
How one security firm tracked down Anonymous and paid a heavy price
(Virtually) face to face: how Aaron Barr revealed himself to Anonymous
The exact URL used to break into hbgaryfederal.com
Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack
Black ops: How HBGary wrote backdoors for the government
While HBGary Federal was truly "hacked," HBGary Inc. was not; attackers simply used existing usernames and passwords to access key systems.
HBGary had in fact hardened its Web defenses, fully patching them on the Thursday before the attack began in anticipation of some unpleasantness. Butterworth told Ars that the company was able to bring down its compromised offsite Web servers within 42 minutes of the attack's beginning. (He also confirmed the accuracy of our earlier exclusive report on how Anonymous penetrated the two companies.)
Over the last week, this part of the story became well known. What was not visible outside the hallways of HBGary's Sacramento offices, however, was just how long the attacks continued. Indeed, although the electronic assault stopped soon after it began, the harassment has yet to end.
Butterworth sounded tired as he recounted the days for us when we spoke, 17 had passed since the initial attack. Since then, HBGary has been flooded with phone calls and voicemails of the "you should be ashamed of yourself" type and worse; the fax machines have been overwhelmed with Anonymous outpourings; people have been "directly threatening our employees with extortion"; threats have been made. Then came RSA.
Butterworth, with a long career in military signals intelligence and private security firms, is no stranger to the dark world of cyberattacks, but he's used to adversaries who retreat after an electronic strike.
Instead, he believes that Anonymous has "decided to continue their antics. They're in it for the laughs this is a real funny game for them." Not content with the damage they have inflicted, they "harass a company that's trying to get back to work." Each time a new story about the company appears in the press, Butterworth said that these attacks spike again.
"Millions in damages" Anonymous IRC channel #ophbgary
The fallout from the whole debacle endures. In the wake of the attack, HBGary's Penny Leavy and Greg Hoglund (they are married) entered the Anonymous IRC channel #ophbgary to plead in vain for Greg's e-mails to stay private. (Several less relevant remarks have been removed from the transcript for easier reading.)
<+greg> so you got my email spool too then
<&Sabu> yes greg.
<@`k> greg we got everything
<+Agamemnon> Greg, I'm curious to know if you understand what we are about? Do you understand why we do what we do?
<+greg> you realize that releasing my email spool will cause millions in damages to HBGary?
<+c0s> greg: another reason its not out yet.
<+Agamemnon> yes we do greg
<@`k> greg is will be end of you :) and your company
Asked if HBGary has in fact seen a financial impact from the Anonymous attack, Butterworth would only say, "Time will tell." He did admit that the hack had an impact on the company "the tainting of a brand name, a company that has a very good product" and that "we've received indications that folks are having second thoughts" about working with the firm.
Tor software and proxy servers
Anonymous, stumbled on a cache of e-mails involving dirty tricks against WikiLeaks and using intelligence assets against pro-union websites.
Without those revelations, the hack and e-mail release might have looked far more self-interested. Anonymous protecting its mask.
Why have the attacks on HBGary Inc. continued? We spoke to people with knowledge of the initial Anonymous hack. All have denied the existence of continuing operations against HBGary and note that the IRC channel used for coordination, #ophbgary, has been shuttered
Subject: Security Problem
hope your strategy wont work and ppl of this planet will become free without beeing surpressed or monitored.
shame on you for your "business" - it is ppl like you who try to stop human revelation all in the name of allmighty america.
nice to see you failing hard and getting exposed yourself. how does it feel, suckers ?
i am looking forward to see your next fail.
one of your monitored sheep that actually dont like to be monitored.
ps: please do us (the human race that is not trying to be nazis like
you) a favor and get aids and die slow and painfull,
thanks in advance.
The real impact of the attacks on Anonymous may not be felt for months, or even years. HBGary says it is working with the authorities on the case, and one presumes that the FBI is interested in busting those responsible. The FBI has previously arrested those associated with mere denial of service attacks, and it recently executed 40 search warrants in connection with Anonymous' Operation Payback.
In a press release regarding the search warrants, the FBI reminded Anonymous that "facilitating or conducting a DDoS [Distributed denial of service] attack is illegal, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as well as exposing participants to significant civil liability."
Butterworth, who touted his own (lengthy) list of advanced security credentials during our call, told us that based on his investigation so far, the Anonymous "operational security was not that good they're pretty dirty." If he's right, the Anonymous attack, so far free of consequences, might end with some serious ones indeed.
FBI should invesitgate Aaron Barr, Palantir, Berico, and HBGary Federal, Hunton & Williams
The company was part of "Team Themis," a group comprised of Palantir, Berico, and HBGary Federal, which got involved with the DC law firm Hunton & Williams. Hunton & Williams was looking for ways to help the US Chamber of Commerce, and later a major US bank, deal with troublesome opponents (pro-union websites and WikiLeaks, respectively.)
As a member of Team Themis, Palantir became part of Aaron Barr's plans to go after WikiLeaks, put pressure on commentators like Salon.com's Glenn Greenwald, and set up a surveillance cell for the Chamber of Commerce. No one in the e-mails that we saw objected to any of the proposed ideas.
Palantir adopting Barr's ideas about WikiLeaks
When news of the proposals came out, Palantir said it was horrified. Dr. Alex Karp, the company's CEO, issued a statement: "We make data integration software that is as useful for fighting food borne illness as it is to fighting fraud and terrorism. Palantir does not make software that has the capability to carry out the offensive tactics proposed by HBGary. Palantir never has and never will condone the sort of activities recommended by HBGary. As we have previously stated, Palantir has severed all ties with HBGary going forward."
As we noted in our initial report on the situation, several of the key ideas had come from Aaron Barr but they were quickly adopted by other team members, including Palantir. I asked the company for more information on why Barr's ideas had shown up in Palantir-branded material. The company's general counsel, Matt Long, supplied the following answer:
We did make a mistake one of a fast growing company with lots of decentralized decision making authority. Initial results of our ongoing internal diagnostic show that a junior engineer allowed offensive material authored by HBGary to end up on a slide deck with Palantir's logo. The stolen emails conclusively show that Aaron Barr from HBGary authored the content which was collated well past midnight for an early morning presentation the next day. This doesn't excuse the incident, but hopefully it brings much needed context to a context-less email dump. That junior engineer, a 26-year-old, has been put on leave while his actions are being reviewed. "We should have cut ties with HBGary sooner and raised internal concerns about this sooner," Long told me. "This is a huge mistake for sure; we aren't making excuses. But our company never approved hacking or carrying out dirty tricks on anyone."
As for the engineer's e-mail in which he said that the Team Themis project "got approval from Dr. Karp and the Board" on a new revenue sharing plan, Long said that it was simply "classic salesmanship ('I need to get my manager's permission for that. I really argued hard for you and got you this deal'). In our case we don't have sales people so it is very transparent/obvious coming from a 26-year-old engineer. Dr. Karp and the Board did not know about the specifics of the proposal including pricing."
Berico, one of the three companies involved with Team Themis, initially promised a response to our questions about its handling of the situation. The company later changed its mind and declined to comment.
Berico did issue one public statement back on February 11, saying that it "does not condone or support any effort that proactively targets American firms, organizations or individuals. We find such actions reprehensible and are deeply committed to partnering with the best companies in our industry that share our core values. Therefore, we have discontinued all ties with HBGary Federal."
The company added that it was "conducting a thorough internal investigation to better understand the details of how this situation unfolded and we will take the appropriate actions within our company."
HBGary Federal was in the process of selling itself after the company couldn't meet revenue projections and had difficulty paying taxes and salaries. On January 19, Penny Leavy (the largest single investor in HBGary Federal) suggested in an e-mail to Aaron Barr that he give the two companies considering a purchase a set of deadlines. Under her projected scenario, the two firms would bid on February 4 and HBGary Federal would make a final decision on February 7.
On February 6, Anonymous attacked.
What happened to Barr?
Anonymous loudly and angrily demanded that Penny Leavy fire him, since his list of Anonymous names could allegedly have gotten "innocent people" into serious trouble. Leavy made clear that HBGary Federal was a separate company from HBGary, one in which she owned only a 15 percent stake, and that she couldn't simply "fire" the CEO.
Barr, too, had a stake in HBGary Federal. He couldn't just be fired but he told Ars that he has taken a leave of absence from the company in order to focus on some other things.
When he finally regained control of his Twitter account last week, Barr's first new message since the attack said just about all there was left to say: "My deepest personal apology to all those that were negatively affected by the release of my e-mail into the public." RSS
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Aaron Barr Quits Thanks to Anonymous
The embattled CEO of HBGary Federal has resigned his post three weeks after Anonmyous hacked into the company's network and liberated thousands of e-mail messages. The ease with which Anonymous conducted the attack left the company that provides security services to the federal government looking like the pathetic loser he is.
and THE government
information control puppets:
Amazon, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, facebook, twitter
TERMS OF SERVICE:
they gave themselves the right to cancel you as soon as you
were *accused* of something ! ! !
If our government is going to continue to represent the people, that we must have openness. Those in government must have checks and balances on their conduct IE: REGULATIONS
This applies to corporations who have no oversight and have been deregulated is driving government's poor conduct who want to neutralize Wikileaks before their dirty deeds are exposed. Bank of America is probably a big player in this, their history speaks for itself.
Governments security is a joke and that they want to deflect attention from their gross incompetence. Assange is not alone in being fed up with the way our government conducts itself.
Hacking of DuPont, J&J, GE Were Google-Type Attacks That Weren't Disclosed.
Secrecy may be a reason why the dangers of the intrusions are “underappreciated” by investors and regulators, Whitehouse said in an interview. The FBI broke the news to executives at DuPont Co. late last year that hackers had cracked the company's computer networks for the second time in 12 months, according to a confidential Dec. 9, 2010, e-mail discussing the investigation. About a year earlier, DuPont had been hit by the same China- based hackers who struck Google Inc. (GOOG) and unlike Google, DuPont kept the intrusion secret, internal e-mails from cyber-security firm HBGary Inc. show. As DuPont probed the incidents, executives concluded they were the target of a campaign of industrial spying, the e-mails show. The attacks on DuPont and on more than a dozen other companies are discussed in about 60,000 confidential e-mails that HBGary, hired by some of the targeted businesses, said were stolen from it on Feb. 6 and posted on the Internet by a group of hacker-activists known as Anonymous. The companies attacked include Walt Disney Co. (DIS), Sony Corp. (6758), Johnson & Johnson, and General Electric Co., the e-mails show. “We are on the losing end of the biggest transfer of wealth through theft and piracy in the history of the planet,” said Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who chaired a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence task force on U.S. cyber security in 2010. Its classified report addressed weaknesses in network security. A previous review of HBGary e-mails by Bloomberg News showed hackers also stole proprietary data from Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, ConocoPhillips (COP), and Marathon Oil Corp, as well as Morgan Stanley. Atlanta-based King & Spalding LLP, the 38th biggest law firm in the country in 2010, according to the National Law Journal. The e-mails don't indicate what information the hackers targeted. Among King & Spalding's practice specialties is corporate espionage, according to the firm's website.