WikiLeaks Investigators Get Hacked

Forbes

If you thought Anonymous limited its cyber attacks to those who blocked WikiLeaks or suppressed free information, you’d be wrong. One software security firm is learning the hard way that it also targets anyone who acts to bring down the loosely-knit, global movement of young people who campaign through Web attacks.

On Sunday evening, just when the Super Bowl was kicking off in Dallas, Texas, five supporters of Anonymous’ elite arm AnonOps brought down the Web site for HBGary Federal, a small, Washington D.C.-based security services firm.

They then hacked into the Twitter account of CEO Aaron Barr, releasing a series of profane, self-denigrating Tweets that also provided links to the hacked Web site of one of his researchers.

An hour later, they released a screenshot, which reads: “Let us teach you a lesson you’ll never forget: you don’t mess with Anonymous,” which they hoped to use it as a new placeholder for HBGary’s site.

Why? Barr was recently quoted in the Financial Times as saying that he had identified two key members of Anonymous, including a co-founder in the U.S. along with senior members in Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Australia. He claimed to have picked up clues to their identities by monitoring emails, Facebook and IRC chat using fake online names.

The report followed news that police had arrested five suspected members of the group in the U.K. last month and carried out 40 court-authorized searches in the United States.

Though the FT report says that Barr did not plan to give his findings to the police, one person from within AnonOps who took part in Sunday night’s attack tells me that he had, in fact, been planning to sell his research to the FBI and hold a meeting with the authorities on Monday morning.

The five Anonymous supporters who participated in the hack also obtained more than 50,000 of Barr’s personal emails, financial details for HBGary and said they were planning to delete the company’s backups and support servers. The whole operation took just over 24 hours.

Complete story via Forbes

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