Cybergate: Leaked E-mails Hint at Corporate Hacking Conspiracy

February 15, 2011
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via Security News Daily

Corporate espionage, shady political motives, secret documents, closed door meetings, confidential hacking plots – there’s a scandal brewing in the cybersecurity world that has all the makings of a best-selling John Grisham novel.

Three computer-security consulting firms proposed to hack left-wing nonprofit organizations on behalf of a well-connected law firm, a firm whose clients include Bank of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, according to e-mails released by the shadowy “hacktivist” group Anonymous.

he still-unraveling tale began somewhat accidentally 10 days ago when Aaron Barr, chief executive of the Washington, D.C.-area cybersecurity firm HBGary Federal, told the Financial Times that he had uncovered the identities of the members of Anonymous, an online hacking collective that had launched cyberattacks against organizations opposed to WikiLeaks. Barr said he would announce his findings at a security conference this month.

But before that could happen, Anonymous retaliated, bringing down Barr’s company’s website, hacking into his Twitter account and posting his home address along with his cell phone and Social Security numbers.

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