Anonymous Hacks into Security Firm’s Network and Steals Confidential Data

Another hactivist incident.  Lucian Constantin reports:

Members of the Anonymous collective have broken into the network of a security firm and exposed its internal communications, after it claimed to know the identity of the group’s founders.

Last week, Aaron Barr, the head of an information security firm called HBGary Federal, told the Financial Times that the company’s researchers infiltrated Anonymous and managed to learn who the group’s leaders are.

Over the weekend, Anonymous supporters hacked into HBGary Federal’s network in order to learn what information the company has gathered about the group. In the process they managed to extract over 60,000 business emails, they hacked Barr’s Twitter account and posted personal information about him and they defaced the company’s website.

The hackers said they found evidence that Barr was planning to sell the details about the so called Anonymous “leaders” to the FBI at a meeting today. However, they claim the data is absolute non-sense, except for the publicly available nicknames lifted from the group’s IRC network.

To prove that it has no value, the hackers published the 23-page document online, as well as the company’s email database which contains sensitive information about customers.

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2 comments to “Anonymous Hacks into Security Firm’s Network and Steals Confidential Data”

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  1. Golde - February 7, 2011

    What personal consumer info was in the emails? That is of concern.

  2. admin - February 7, 2011

    Haven’t seen any details in news coverage and will not be downloading the torrent to read it for myself. If I see coverage in news, I’ll update this blog.

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