Anonymous hacks security company HBGary for working with FBI

By on February 7, 2011, 5:06 PM
HBGary Federal, a security company that is helping the FBI track down the hacker group Anonymous, has become a target itself. The group hacked into HBGary's networks and posted archives of some 50,000 e-mails between company executives. The group also hacked the firm's website, publishing an explanation as to why the website was targeted.

Last month, authorities in the US and the UK moved against a number of suspected Anonymous members. On the weekend, The Financial Times ran a story quoting Aaron Barr, HBGary's head of security services, saying he had uncovered the identities of Anonymous' leaders. Barr said he planned to release his findings next week at a security conference in San Francisco.

Having hacked HBGary's website, Anonymous explained that it was releasing Barr's findings on its own because the group was confident the company's conclusions were wrong. As you can see in the above screenshot of the hacked website, the group announced it had no leaders and was quite adamant that the information was nothing new or was simply bogus.

In December 2010, Anonymous took down websites belonging to MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa, because the payment processors declined to transfer money to WikiLeaks. Last month, the group shut down websites belonging to the Tunisian government and stock exchange in support of the uprising that forced the country's dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, to flee. Earlier this month, the group hacked Egyptian and Yemen government websites for similar reasons: to show their support for promoting antigovernment protests that have roiled the Arab world.





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Guest said:

lol u guys should check his twitter out.

http://twitter.com/aaronbarr

Raswan Raswan said:

haha. that's great.

treeski treeski said:

I'm getting very mixed feelings about this Anonymous group.

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Guest said:

lol u guys should check his twitter out.

http://twitter.com/aaronbarr

I'm glad I did. Thanks for that.

Guest said:

That was an entertaining read.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Some things aren't right here. The first sentence of this article - anon isn't a hacker group. It CAN take on that form, but that's not its role. It ubiquitous. As such is also has no leader.

Also the first writing in the screenshot, states domain has been seized under rule #14. This rule is: "Do not argue with trolls - it means that they win." What?

The Twitter account was hilarious though.

buttnugget21 said:

oh yea that was me on the twitter post, i couldnt stop reading it and i knew i had to share.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

hahaha lol

computer companies need to stop money hunting at LEAST in security subject

Lurker101 said:

This is only going to get worse.

seefizzle said:

Don't mess with anon. It's like a black guy picking a fight at a klan rally. It's just a really stupid idea.

Guest said:

Good job Anonymous guys on Egypt and Tunis, much appreciated.

Guest said:

http://crowdleaks.org/anonymous-retaliates-against-hbgary-e
pionage/

Guest said:

An apt analogy, given the stupidity, ignorance, and hatefulness of most anonymous members.

Guest said:

There's really only one defense left against these guys: buy a dog.

Guest said:

Nice!!!...Those dudes r so badass, I love it.

Guest said:

anonymous... making boring since 2000something.

Guest said:

anon people are nothing more than a bunch of little punk criminals with too much time on their hands. Move out of your mother's basement and get a life that involves something responsible.

Guest said:

Hahaha, you are just jelly. Just a whiny little person with little to no reason to live. Please, go follow the rest of the Americans to their slow, amorphously obese deaths. Listen to what the government tells you and don't think anything different, if you do, you may end up on the wrong side of their gun.

Guest said:

An inept conclusion, expected out of someone who fails to do his/her research about this group (Wikipedia article is a good place for starters).

Guest said:

What bs, a bunch of ****** think they did something special and yet they really did not do anything that a bunch of 12 year old on drugs do all the time.

so what they can hack a server, probably is hosted and hbg has nothing to do with it.

now if they wrote the operating system I might be more impressed so they go around playing pissing games with people behind their backs because they too chicken **** to do it in their face

doradhorror said:

V for Vendetta basically explains the entire idea of Anonymous. You guys should watch it.

doradhorror said:

Guest said:

What bs, a bunch of ****** think they did something special and yet they really did not do anything that a bunch of 12 year old on drugs do all the time.

so what they can hack a server, probably is hosted and hbg has nothing to do with it.

now if they wrote the operating system I might be more impressed so they go around playing pissing games with people behind their backs because they too chicken **** to do it in their face

I bet you couldn't do the same as these people did if random guy started stalking you from over the internet. I doubt these people are actually 12 year olds.

Guest said:

Post a new comment

"To post as an anopnymous user click here"

LOL,

now thats funny :P

Guest said:

"There's really only one defense left against these guys: buy a dog"

Not true. They can also close the curtains...

ps. ****in hilarious that it's an internet security company. Their credibility must be through the roof.

Guest said:

So don't argue...duh!

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

This is what you would call owned on an epic scale, awesome

MarkHughes said:

doradhorror said:

V for Vendetta basically explains the entire idea of Anonymous. You guys should watch it.

Agreed, Some distinct parallels there.

I find this latest Anonymous attack very amusing If they keep on focus I can see them shaking things up a bit, Interesting times ahead.

Guest said:

This is great! All my support to Anon group all the way from India!

Carry on bro! Well fight them wherever we can!

princeton princeton said:

His twitter is ******* priceless. Love it or hate it Anonymous is powerful

Guest said:

I guess most of you didn't read the mails where Barr explains his little plan - he's looking for a public fight with Anon so he can shine a bit of reflected glory on his company and drum up business

Guess that backfired, Aaron - what's plan B?

Guest said:

Great opening Gambit Anon.

Guest said:

Does anyone realize how many business people setup a corporation and sell services to other corporation that really don't know all that much about the sector they are in...other than being able to talk up a good game and being able to make a sale. I'm glad these guys are them calling out!!!

princeton princeton said:

His twitter is gone.

foreverzero89 said:

Guest said:

What bs, a bunch of ****** think they did something special and yet they really did not do anything that a bunch of 12 year old on drugs do all the time.

so what they can hack a server, probably is hosted and hbg has nothing to do with it.

now if they wrote the operating system I might be more impressed so they go around playing pissing games with people behind their backs because they too chicken **** to do it in their face

stop thinking like everybody else!!!!! just stop!!!

Tanstar said:

foreverzero89 said:

Guest said:

What bs, a bunch of ****** think they did something special and yet they really did not do anything that a bunch of 12 year old on drugs do all the time.

so what they can hack a server, probably is hosted and hbg has nothing to do with it.

now if they wrote the operating system I might be more impressed so they go around playing pissing games with people behind their backs because they too chicken **** to do it in their face

stop thinking like everybody else!!!!! just stop!!!

"Think exactly like me instead!"

*sigh*

foreverzero89 said:

the point was to think for yourself.

Guest said:

"so what they can hack a server, probably is hosted and hbg has nothing to do with it."

Why not read a bit more, Tanstar? You're wrong on every count.

Hoglund himself grudgingly admitted the hack was great and they got them real good.

Guest said:

Congratulations Anonymous, this thread is now diamonds.

Guest said:

We pray for Lord Xenu to protect Anon and their enterprises, now and forever.

Guest said:

First of all, this security company is plain bullshit as 99% of the "Security" companies are. They just want your money, but doesn't know how to provide security, but they know how to do the talk and give nice presentations of how to provide security and get your money.

Anonymous group has given a good lesson to them. I don't like them hacking into mastercard and paypal, but seems like they do some good things as well such as hacking into egyptian and tunisian corrupted government websites.

Guest said:

HBGary planned to profit from Anon's fame (notoriety?) and possibly send some of them to prison while making money in the process

Anon burst through HBGary's door that very same night, pointed at them, laughed at them, and left them with their pants down - and took pictures. And posted them for us to laugh at. And in every single pic, Aaron Barr and Greg Hoglund have very small penises.

Ezekiel 25:17 "And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them."

game, set, and match - Anonymous. HBGary... gg, no re.

foreverzero89 said:

Guest said:

First of all, this security company is plain bullshit as 99% of the "Security" companies are. They just want your money, but doesn't know how to provide security, but they know how to do the talk and give nice presentations of how to provide security and get your money.

Anonymous group has given a good lesson to them. I don't like them hacking into mastercard and paypal, but seems like they do some good things as well such as hacking into egyptian and tunisian corrupted government websites.

then they should def. hack the U.S, gov't.

Guest said:

Their website is now diamonds

Guest said:

To those who say Anonmyous is a bunch of pissed off 12 year olds with too much time on their hands :

12 year olds hacking into a Corporate Security Website -- Really???

12 year olds Hacking into government Websites, Getting E-mails, Account Information and Who

knows what else --Really???

They dont sound 12.But who knows, I'm not the expert. But if they are 12, and Are doing all that is stated above, then Just know.. Those 12 year olds are Smarter than 85% of the entire population.

UMADBRAH?

Guest said:

you're dumb. do some homework before spouting rubbish

Guest said:

"Im in ur base seedin ur dataz" he said

"j00 r a lamer" he said

"keke gg" he said

It's hard being

Aaron Barr

Tonight.

Guest said:

>>Do your homework

>>Do Homework

>>Homework

lol wut?

he mad!

Guest said:

I love how they think there's leaders of anonymous? Hasn't the government ever heard of equality or democracy?

Guest said:

Heavens forbid a business man should try to drum up business. Is this what our capitalism has brought us to?

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