‘Anonymous’ Hackers Hit U.S. Security Firm

anonymousBBC News reports:

Online activist group Anonymous has targeted an American security firm that claimed to know the identities of its leaders.

The secretive organisation is being investigated in several countries over strikes on Visa, PayPal and others.

Over the weekend Aaron Barr, head of HBGary Federal, said he had discovered the names of its most senior figures.

The group retaliated overnight by breaking into the company’s website and hijacking his Twitter account.

Anonymous, known for being a loosely-knit group, has been involved in a number of high profile online protests and attacks in recent months.

In December, the group launched a campaign in support of Wikileaks that disrupted services at MasterCard, Visa and other companies that had withdrawn support the whistle-blowing website.

The strike led to police investigations around the world, and a number of arrests in Britain and the Netherlands.

Although the individuals who make up the collective claim they do not have a traditional hierarchy, Mr Barr told the Financial Times that he had infiltrated the organisation and uncovered the names and addresses of several senior figures…

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  • WhiteRose

    Guess Anon never watched that movie Untraceable…. there is only so much bouncing, mirroring etc Big brother knows :)

  • WhiteRose

    Guess Anon never watched that movie Untraceable…. there is only so much bouncing, mirroring etc Big brother knows :)

  • Bud Bundy

    We are all Anonymous.

    • WhiteRose

      I would think whoever does the promoting and design of the ads of the attacks would be considered a “ring leader” those that put in more work than others would be more guilty than others so while no official tittle is given not every Anon is donating the same amount of time to cause disruption. I don’t doubt in this organization there are bigger masterminds than others…. Also within such a group that has no such “formal” organization there is room for dissent.

  • Bud Bundy

    We are all Anonymous.

  • Guest

    What the…? I thought Anonymous had no leaders… Every person who participates in any of their collective actions becomes a cell within the body of Anonymous for a brief period of time. Hive mind and all that jazz – the Gaia of 4chan’s infosystem…

  • Guest

    What the…? I thought Anonymous had no leaders… Every person who participates in any of their collective actions becomes a cell within the body of Anonymous for a brief period of time. Hive mind and all that jazz – the Gaia of 4chan’s infosystem…

  • Guest

    What the…? I thought Anonymous had no leaders… Every person who participates in any of their collective actions becomes a cell within the body of Anonymous for a brief period of time. Hive mind and all that jazz – the Gaia of 4chan’s infosystem…

  • WhiteRose

    I would think whoever does the promoting and design of the ads of the attacks would be considered a “ring leader” those that put in more work than others would be more guilty than others so while no official tittle is given not every Anon is donating the same amount of time to cause disruption. I don’t doubt in this organization there are bigger masterminds than others…. Also within such a group that has no such “formal” organization there is room for dissent.