HBGary goes silent after Anonymous attack

HBGary, a security firm based out of California, was recently the target of the hacktivist group Anonymous. Recently, HBGary's CEO claimed that he was able to infiltrate and learn the identity of the Anonymous leaders. Soon after, HBGary became the target of Anonymous and many of the companies sensitive files were taken and posted online. Now, after the attack they have gone silent, cancelling all public appearences and meetings. They also canceled a talk scheduled at RSA Conference 2011, a conference focused on security.

According to ITProPortal, HBGary cancel their booth and appearence at RSA because the companies employees recieved threats which included people threatening to attack employees at their RSA booth. HBGary said,

In an effort to protect our employees, customers and the RSA Conference community, HBGary has decided to remove our booth and cancel all talks. HBGary is continuing to work intensely with law enforcement on this matter and hopes to bring those responsible to justice.

While Anonymous was in the HBGary system, they found that the company was plotting to put false information into Wikileaks in an attempt to discredit the group. They were also plotting to take down Wikileaks by tracking and threatening its financial donors.

Though Anonymous helped to save Wikileaks from HBGary, an analyst with Forbes believes that Anonymous's support of Wikileaks could hurt its reputation,

But if Anonymous has won a battle against those who want WikiLeaks destroyed, it might not have helped WikiLeaks in its other fight: the one for hearts and minds. Simply having Anonymous on its side may be contaminating WikiLeaks’ reputation at a moment when it most needs legitimacy.

 

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Damn right they'll be in danger. If they wish to go trumpeting around the internet being tough "security" guys and think infiltrated a group that everybody and nobody is a part of on the internet of course your endangering yourself both virtually and in real life.

They get everything they deserve trying to make a buck or promote themselves on the back of this. Hopefully their ass hat company goes under asap.

It would be kind of funny to see Anon members going to this RSA thing and if HBGary went. The members would run up to their booth with Vendetta Masks on and throw **** at them.. just me?

By attacks, I think they mean questions they wouldn't be happy to answer. At least, that's the impression I'm getting. At this point, I'm sure no one cares about their company as "security experts", but just want to hear their side of the story, even if it is complete BS.

Also, there are at least 2 great in-depth articles on Ars Technica for those who are really interested in reading on about the attacks, leaked emails, and such.

I think... in my humble opinion that is great that some people have the enough knowledge to show some companies that they just can't do as they please... because if not, just look at us normal mortals who does not do anything... even with the truth given.

Just remember that if 'the powers that be' are successful in squashing the HBGary story, the rest of the world will know that 'the fix is in'. Wasn't Obama just talking about Egyptian press freedom? From outside, the United States is looking more like pre-revolution Egypt in that regard. The American People should start thinking like the Egyptians (the new standard in democracy) to get themselves out of this one.

true nerd said,
Just remember that if 'the powers that be' are successful in squashing the HBGary story, the rest of the world will know that 'the fix is in'. Wasn't Obama just talking about Egyptian press freedom? From outside, the United States is looking more like pre-revolution Egypt in that regard. The American People should start thinking like the Egyptians (the new standard in democracy) to get themselves out of this one.

+1

true nerd said,
bloodcry:

Troll, spook, simply uninformed or maybe even a spanking new HBGary sockpuppet 'persona', you have it wrong. Please Google hbgary, click on 'News' and read. If simply uninformed, I apologize for the other descriptors... I KNOW they exist.

Maybe I'm uninformed. I beg to differ, since I've been following this drama with interest since it first unfolded... But I do firmly believe I'm correct when I say that the CEO of HBGary Federal was performing the research, not the CEO of HBGary. So comments like "Recently, HBGary's CEO claimed that he was able to infiltrate and learn the identity of the Anonymous leaders." are wrong.

bloodcry:

One last try. They shared the same building and computers. I've SEEN their financial records. If you sleep with a crook...

If you're brave enough, read the emails.

Anyway... bye. I have righteous work to do.

true nerd said,
One last try. They shared the same building and computers. I've SEEN their financial records. If you sleep with a crook...
How does that suddenly make the CEO's interchangeable?

It feels somewhat like you're trying to convince yourself that Anonymous been morally correct here, which is dubious at best.

MissingBonobo:

What matters is that the information release shows systemic corruption and dirty-dealing that leads to the highest levels of the American government. Admissible or not, MY government believes this to be true and will act accordingly... to Americas disadvantage, I assume. They were NOT pleased.

true nerd said,
MissingBonobo:

What matters is that the information release shows systemic corruption and dirty-dealing that leads to the highest levels of the American government. Admissible or not, MY government believes this to be true and will act accordingly... to Americas disadvantage, I assume. They were NOT pleased.

Yes because I'm sure you're well aware of all the internal operations of your country's government and it is perfect where you live and your government never does anything shady. Sureeeee... Also, if your government is dumb enough to base its decision solely on leaked information from teh interwebz, they aren't too bright.

My opinion though. I'm sure you're happy with where you live, as am I (USA).

Edited by MissingBonobo, Feb 18 2011, 2:24pm :

I'm sorry, but how is any of this actually important to the rest of us? Group A claims to know Group B's leaders. Group B attacks Group A. Group C (read: everyone else) watches in awe of how stupid and immature they are both being.

MissingBonobo said,
I'm sorry, but how is any of this actually important to the rest of us? Group A claims to know Group B's leaders. Group B attacks Group A. Group C (read: everyone else) watches in awe of how stupid and immature they are both being.

Group B is actually made up of Group C though.

MissingBonobo said,
I'm sorry, but how is any of this actually important to the rest of us? Group A claims to know Group B's leaders. Group B attacks Group A. Group C (read: everyone else) watches in awe of how stupid and immature they are both being.
Group A is trying to destroy democracy for group C.

MidTxWRX said,

Group B is actually made up of Group C though.

No they aren't. They have made it quite clear they are part of a "legion", and segregate themselves from the rest of the populace. Also, most people want no part of this crap.

At least that's how I see it. Personally HBgary looks like they got a black eye but 'Anonymous' should probably calm down a bit, and realize they aren't really helping anything, and if they step over a certain line, bad things can and will happen to not just them, but all of us.

MissingBonobo said,

No they aren't. They have made it quite clear they are part of a "legion", and segregate themselves from the rest of the populace. Also, most people want no part of this crap.

At least that's how I see it. Personally HBgary looks like they got a black eye but 'Anonymous' should probably calm down a bit, and realize they aren't really helping anything, and if they step over a certain line, bad things can and will happen to not just them, but all of us.

What line has anyone to cross but the governments and corporations?

Beaux said,
What line has anyone to cross but the governments and corporations?

When your actions affect innocent bystanders for no reason other than to show your e-peen, a line has been crossed. You think that when a company gets "attacked" like this, whether it is warranted or not, their stock/profits don't go down? Sure they do, and that has real world consequences. Companies cut jobs to make up for lost revenue, and now those very people you were "fighting for" are now on your list of victims. Good job.

MissingBonobo said,

When your actions affect innocent bystanders for no reason other than to show your e-peen, a line has been crossed. You think that when a company gets "attacked" like this, whether it is warranted or not, their stock/profits don't go down? Sure they do, and that has real world consequences. Companies cut jobs to make up for lost revenue, and now those very people you were "fighting for" are now on your list of victims. Good job.

It doesn't matter when that same company is trying to hunt you down by affecting your real world life. There are consequences on both sides.

Far more complete stories can be found at Salon, Forbes, Alternet, Fast Company, Ars Technica and many other respected media outlets. This story is also getting growing coverage in the foreign press (funny that). You just gotta ask yourself, if THEY believe this story to be true then...

Edrick Smith said,
These little kids are still going at it?
Yeah, these silly kids at HBGary... When will they learn?

Edrick Smith said,
These little kids are still going at it?

If they are kids, then they must be geniuses for being smarter than you and I at this age.

Glendi said,

If they are kids, then they must be geniuses for being smarter than you and I at this age.

I fail to see how anyone that is associated with "Anonymous" is smarter than me or you at this age. However it must be because they're so darn smart.

Edrick Smith said,

I fail to see how anyone that is associated with "Anonymous" is smarter than me or you at this age. However it must be because they're so darn smart.

If you were as smart as Anonymous, you would be doing what they are doing.

Beaux said,
If you were as smart as Anonymous, you would be doing what they are doing.

Really? Last I checked script kiddies who do DDOS attacks aren't intelligent. I'm sorry I'm too busy making $50 an hour to worry my self with a bunch of little kids (mentally and physically) to be bothered with it.

Glendi said,

If they are kids, then they must be geniuses for being smarter than you and I at this age.


u never been around anonymous eh?
there a few smart ones, the general anonymous population are nolife skiddies.

Edrick Smith said,

Really? Last I checked script kiddies who do DDOS attacks aren't intelligent. I'm sorry I'm too busy making $50 an hour to worry my self with a bunch of little kids (mentally and physically) to be bothered with it.

Did you read the article? When you hack into a security firm website and steal data, call me back.

bloodcry:

Troll, spook, simply uninformed or maybe even a spanking new HBGary sockpuppet 'persona', you have it wrong. Please Google hbgary, click on 'News' and read. If simply uninformed, I apologize for the other descriptors... I KNOW they exist.

Jaybonaut said,
Nice PR document there.

Except that they haven't quite grasped the usage of apopostrophes and the word 'its'. (last paragraph)

Not sure how it could hurt wikileaks reputation at all. In fact it goes to show how crazy our business environment is that peop ar apparently with "security" firms doing paid covert espionage and getting butthurt when caught redhanded