AntiSec Hacks Monsanto

Monsanto is considered by many to be the poster child for corporate criminals so it is no surprise that hacktivists have gone after the Genetic Engineering giant. CNET reveals that AntiSec has now breached Monsanto’s defenses and dumped a ton of corporate data on the Internet. How interesting or incriminating it is remains to be seen:

Anonymous continued its ongoing attack on agricultural biotech giant Monsanto today by publishing an outdated database of the company’s material. This is the newest in a barrage of strikes from hackers aligned with Anonymous who operate under the “AntiSec” banner.

     _  _                   __  .__
  __| || |__ _____    _____/  |_|__| ______ ____   ____     #anonymous
  \   __   / \__  \  /    \   __\  |/  ___// __ \_/ ___\    #antisec
   |  ||  |   / __ \|   |  \  | |  |\___ \\  ___/\  \___    #opmonsanto
  /_  ~~  _\ (____  /___|  /__| |__/____  >\___  >\___  >
    |_||_|        \/     \/             \/     \/     \/

In a statement posted with the database on a Pastebin site, the hacktivist group wrote it was aware that exposing the database would not do much harm to Monsanto but warned it would continue to target the company for what it sees as wrong.

“Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention,” wrote AntiSec. “Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page.”

Anonymous’ battle with Monsanto began last July when the hackers disrupted the company’s Web site and then released data on about 2,500 individuals involved in the agriculture industry. According to Monsanto, 10 percent of this information was related to current and former Monsanto employees.

Monsanto was one of seven companies that supplied the U.S. military with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and for a while made bovine growth hormones. Now it focuses on making genetically engineered seeds and pesticides.

AntiSec says the reason for the attacks is to protest the company’s lawsuits against organic dairy farmers for stating on labels that their products don’t contain growth hormones…

[continues at CNET]

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  • Mark Shapiro

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