Anonymous Strikes Again! But This Time, It’s Really Serious

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It’s sounds ridiculous, but the security firm recently hired by the FBI to investigate Anonymous has just been hacked by – you guessed it, Anonymous.

“This domain has been seized by Anonymous under section #14 of the rules of the Internet,” the message on the hacked HBGary site (below) recently declared.

HB was attempting to unearth the identities of top Anonymous operatives, and disrupt plans to release financial information to WikiLeaks (among other objectives).  Anonymous has been especially pro-WikiLeaks, and is believed to be poaching documents from various major banks and institutions.

This is what all-out war on the internet looks like, and something the RIAA, MPAA, and even Gene Simmons have experienced first-hand.  But not like this: given the nature of HB’s attempted infiltration and disruption, this feels like the royal Anonymous treatment.  That includes a site shutdown and a complete hack of emails and internal documents, subsequently posted on BitTorrent.

It also included Twitter and LinkedIN takeovers, and posts of private information related to HBGary CEO Aaron Barr.  “Your recent claims at ‘infiltrating’ Anonymous amuse us…” the group laughed.  “Why can’t you sell this information to the FBI like you intended?  Because we’re going to give it to them for free.”