Anonymous hacks security company, say reports

Anonymous hacks security company, say reports

Summary: HBGary Federal, which had tried to probe the identities behind Anonymous, finds its Web site and Twitter and LinkedIn accounts hacked and compromised by the "hacktivist" group.

TOPICS: Security

Anonymous, a group of online activists, has attacked a security company that was investigating the collective.

The website of HBGary Federal was defaced with a message from Anonymous, as the group had discovered that HBGary Federal was planning to divulge alleged members of Anonymous to the FBI. In addition, Anonymous downloaded over 60,000 emails from HBGary Federal and posted them on The Pirate Bay file-sharing website, according to security company Sophos.

"You think you've gathered full names and addresses of the 'higher-ups' of Anonymous? You haven't," the group posted on the HBGary Federal website. "You think Anonymous has a founder and various co-founders? False."

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Topic: Security

Tom Espiner

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