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Update: Palantir apologizes for proposal to attack WikiLeaks

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 13:33 EDT
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The data intelligence firm Palantir Technologies apologized Thursday for its involvement in developing a proposal to Bank of America to attack secrets outlet WikiLeaks.

Two other data intelligence firms, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, helped to concoct a plan for a coordinated cyber assault against the website.

“I have directed the company to sever any and all contacts with HB Gary,” Co-Founder and CEO of Palantir Alex Karp said in a statement.

“Palantir Technologies provides a software analytic platform for the analysis of data,” he continued. “We do not provide – nor do we have any plans to develop – offensive cyber capabilities.”

The plan was revealed after members of “Anonymous” hacked the email account of HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr and published its contents to the web.

“The right to free speech and the right to privacy are critical to a flourishing democracy,” Karp’s statement added. “From its inception, Palantir Technologies has supported these ideals and demonstrated a commitment to building software that protects privacy and civil liberties. Furthermore, personally and on behalf of the entire company, I want to publicly apologize to progressive organizations in general, and Mr. Greenwald in particular, for any involvement that we may have had in these matters.”

Original story continues below.

Three data intelligence firms concocted a plan to attack WikiLeaks on behalf of Bank of America, according to a published report.

The three firms, Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, planned to “disrupt” Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald’s support of WikiLeaks, create a disinformation campaign to discredit the secrets outlet, sow discord among WikiLeaks volunteers, and use cyber attacks to target the website’s infrastructure.

The proposed assault on WikiLeaks, The Tech Herald reported, was revealed after the “non-group” of hacktivists known as “Anonymous” gained access to more than 44,000 emails from HBGary Federal’s COO, Aaron Barr, after he said he had identified “core leaders” of the group. Barr also said he had information that could potentially lead to their arrest. The emails were released to the public in a 4.71 gigabyte Torrent file.

The emails show the proposal was developed at the request of the Hunton and Williams law firm, which had a meeting with Bank of America on December 3 to discuss legal action against WikiLeaks.

“They basically want to sue them to put an injunction on releasing any data,” an email between the intelligence firms said. “They want to present to the bank a team capable of doing a comprehensive investigation into the data leak.”

On November 30, just hours after Raw Story first unearthed evidence that WikiLeaks held data exposing corruption at Bank of America, bank executives held a late-night conference call to discuss damage control, the New York Times reported.

The bank’s chief risk officer Bruce Thompson has since led a team of 15 to 20 senior officials at Bank of America to probe which executive’s hard drive the anti-secrecy outlet might possess. The Times reported that the investigation involved “scouring thousands of documents” and tracing computers that had gone missing or were vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The leaked emails also revealed that HBGary Federal planned to meet with Booz Allen Hamilton, the firm brought in to help manage the bank’s internal review, a month after the proposal for attacking WikiLeaks was created.

The emails do not show what the fate of the proposal was, aside from a message that vaguely expressed hope HBGary was going to “close the BOA deal.” Nor is there any information at the time of this story’s publication to suggest that Bank of America was directly involved in developing the plot against WikiLeaks.

In addition to releasing internal emails to the public Sunday, “Anonymous” also hijacked HBGary Federal’s website and associated Twitter accounts.

Their website was reduced to a single page that said the company was “working with federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities and redirecting internal resources to investigate and respond appropriately” to the cyber attacks against them.

“Do I regret it now? Sure,” Barr told Forbes Monday. “I knew some folks would take my research as some kind of personal attack which it absolutely was not. I thought they might take down our Web site with a DDoS attack. I did not prepare for them to do what they did.”

Barr added that he had to unplug his home router because “Anonymous” was trying to crack it.

Raw Story attempted to contact Barr and Bank of America, but emails and phone calls to both companies’ offices went unreturned at time of this story’s publication.

A copy of the companies’ report is available here (pdf file).

With prior reporting by Sahil Kapur.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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  • jim

    gotta love wikileaks. the tools at B of A dont know how to deal with people who cannot be bought or intimidated with a letter from a lawyer. they are not prepared for an enemy who never sleeps and who will never stop trying to burn them, legally or illegally.

    poor little banksters. whine a little. it makes you easier to find in the dark.

  • Anonymous

    Now we know who should be prosecuted in the attacks on wikileaks. It only remains to find men with the courage to do it. Maybe we can seek a writ of mandamus, ordering the justice department to prosecute know crimes.

  • ThatBostonMan

    “Do I regret it now? Sure,” Barr told Forbes Monday. “I knew some folks would take my research as some kind of personal attack which it absolutely was not. I thought they might take down our Web site with a DDoS attack. I did not prepare for them to do what they did.”

    For a security expert, you should know better. For one if you are on an assignment like that, maybe just maybe those emails should have been encrypted. If they were having these kinds of conversations in their private emails unencrypted then their security is lax.

    That being said how couldn’t he expect to get hacked by anonymous? What exactly did he think he was dealing with? He put his real name and identity out in public announcing news that he has research which could lead to the arrest of anonymous which was a stupid move to begin with, then he is surprised when they hack his company network and his home network?

    That would be exactly what you’d expect hackers to do. If these are the best guys Bank of America can find then anonymous wont have any problem, but from what I’ve seen I would say these guys aren’t the best. Knowing Bank of America they wanted to save money and probably got whomever they could, and also because a lot of hackers don’t want to target anonymous.

  • mjcc1987

    “…poor little banksters. whine a little. it makes you easier to find in the dark…”
    NOW THAT IS FUNNY!!!!

  • Anonymous

    All crimes are not crimes to be prosecuted…
    Mikasey ex-attorney-general Of Bush.

    Laws are made for You and Me ,,,, Not those and them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDH4GYJMIUFU373W3XUQVD2V4E Patrick

    What an outrageous idea. HBGray’s report suggested a “media campaign” to discredit Mr. Greenwald and WikiLeaks… don’t know what that would look like. Every channel I watch is already knee-jerk against WikiLeaks. What a sorry state of journalism we have.

  • CozmicSeer

    It shows what is typical of those “that can’t handle the truth”. One wonders where scum like this comes from but then, with banks and the way banksters behave these days, it doesn’t take much to see that these people would sell their souls for the dollar…oops, it looks like they already have.

    It would be interesting to see if they would respond to Raw Story to hear what they would concoct for a cover to their actions. Most likely, if they were Pinocchio(from Walt Disney’s film), better not have anyone standing in front of them for at least 50 feet.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    I’ve been unemployed since ’08 and found money and a way to send it to wikileaks. I just might go out begging to get some more for them. Once again, corporate america shows its total disdain for what this country’s laws and principals are about.
    It certainly is funny that every ‘official’ response to consequences of leaks has been minimal and yet corporate media makes it out to be such terrorist etc.
    The banks are the terrorists.
    Take you money out of the bank and put it in a credit union, NOW!

  • ThatBostonMan

    That actually surprises me. If these guys were skilled hackers yes of course they’d be able to hack anonymous or dig and find the identities of some of the membership, but of course if they announce it to the world then shouldn’t they expect anonymous to hack them back?

    Seems like they believed the FBI or Bank of America could protect them. Why weren’t their emails encrypted is the first question? This wouldn’t keep the network from being hacked, as it’s still fairly easy if all the emails are stored on a central server, but why didn’t the researchers each have a PGP public key?

    I’m sure anonymous knows what PGP is and why it’s important. Two mechanisms which would have made this attack more difficult would be decentralization and encryption.

    If Alice sends an email to Bob it should be in such a way that it’s undecipherable by Eve and/or Mallory. If the email is plain text it’s decipherable.

    So you give each employee a unique key, every email is encrypted by the key, anonymous hacks the network and downloads the emails but cannot read them because they are all encrypted. Anonymous does not have the computing resources to crack each and every email which is encrypted by a different PGP key. So basically the security of the communication would be based on the security PGP. So far the FBI and local police have not determined a way to crack PGP.

    To have public communications/to have mailing list style communications, a corporate PGP BBS could be set up. Think of 4chan but with encrypted everything over HTTPS and PGP.
    http://www.pgpboard.com/
    Anonymous would have no possibility of decrypting the contents. Anonymous would have to infiltrate via someone on the inside and try to copy the contents in a similar way to how Bradley Manning did it.

    I think Anonymous was dumb to use IRC and think it wouldn’t be infiltrated easily. But if the information they found on the firm was as easy as hacking an email server. Email can be made secure, private, rather easily. You’d think if they were going to communicate with some of the people they are communicating with that it would be.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EJCHJ2LWM3MGYUGHWB7ALWHE6M Kitty Antonik Wakfer

    In addition to using credit unions instead of banks, I strongly recommend making use of credit cards for emergencies *only*. VISA and MasterCard refuse to send their customers’ own money to WikiLeaks and therefore do not deserve to be used by anyone who is consistent in his/her (hir) support for WikiLeaks.

    I also recommend not using PayPal – and even canceling accounts with the reason given of PP terminating webhosting to WikiLeaks. Again, if one is consistent in hir support of WikiLeaks, s/he will not want to support a company that has not responded to any actual court actions or published threats of such but is instead kowtowing to government legislators/executives’ spoken, hinted or possibly just anticipated wants and desires.

    Don’t simply write words of support for WikiLeaks and what it is doing! Add real substance to those words!

    Go into action by denying financial support for corporations that are aiding and abetting, without legally being required to do so, US government efforts to destroy WikiLeaks. Demonstrate that your principles are truly affordable! [closing words from http://selfsip.org/focus/areprinciplesunaffordable.html

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Second

  • Anonymous

    As I’ve said from the cablegate outset. It’s all about the banking files that have yet to be released. Do any of you really believe for instance that the FBI is raiding College dorms and taking everything that could be used as a communications device because they are trying to capture “ANON” group DDOS attackers? My money says they are casting a wide illegal net at the Bankers behest in an effort to find a backup copy of Assanges 256 bit encryption key that will open his Thermo Nuke Insurance Bomb.

  • Anonymous

    It would seem that Aaron Barr is a Christian terrorist and a traitor against America.

  • http://twitter.com/waterheart776 waterheart776

    “”*The three firms, Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, planned to “disrupt” Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald’s support of WikiLeaks, create a disinformation campaign to discredit the secrets outlet, sow discord among WikiLeaks volunteers, and use cyber attacks to target the website’s infrastructure.*”"

    That’s morally reprehensible!!! You’re going to go after someone like that and sow discord simply because you’re acting in the best interests of your clients (one of which is the government)?????!? What the hell kind of business do these people run??!?! Personally, I’d go after the other two companies, trash their servers, their business infrastructure, and last but CERTAINLY not least: the most important thing they have— Their business reputation. I say give them a taste of their own damn medicine. If they can’t handle it, well….they shouldn’t have attempted to dish it out!

    I’d also say that HBGary got exactly what they deserved. What I don’t understand is that this sort of behaviour is legal, while what Anonymous did to them is not considered legal. I, for one, do not feel the least bit sorry for them, and think it’s only fitting that they have their reputation as a business suffer, simply because they chose to involve themselves in this sort of behaviour. It only proves that they’re devoid of morals. Money…..I hope they lose all of it. Companies that play dirty like that deserve to be wiped from the face of the stockmarket, and then have their remains used to mop up all the paper left on the trading room floor at the end of the day. I’m sick and f—ing tired of corporations engaging in this type of behaviour if for no other reason than maintaining the status quo. Whatever happened to personal responsibility and doing the right thing???? It’s a rhetorical question I expect no one to answer, because no one has a clue, apparently!

  • Greg Eckhart

    Well anytime old Jullian wants to release his ‘information’ to the public, I’ll start paying attention.

    Right now it’s a media debate involving groups who have a vested interest in keeping the information private for their own purposes — esp. Assange.

  • http://twitter.com/waterheart776 waterheart776

    It’s nice to see Uncle sam twist in their shorts because they’re scared. Thomas Payne, Jefferson, and all of the other founding fathers of this country are all spinning over in their graves so rapidly, that I’m thinking of hooking them up to a turbine that could power the entire damn country!

    Seriously, though….

    The problem I have is all of these illegal nets that they’ve been casting. Civil liberties once again go out the window in the name of national security. Screw them. They get no points for engaging in this sort of dirty behaviour. They lied behind the country’s back. They get no reprieve, and they deserve the sense of worry that comes with not knowing what someone has on you. It’s not for anyone to judge suffering, but with what they’re inflicting upon others, attempting to instill a sense of fear into the masses; I trust in my grandmother’s wisdom in this instance, though: It always comes home to roost. It’ll bite em’ in the ass. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it will eventually.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRCGTVH7SXIVAQMN6VHRMIG6ZM john wilson

    This shows exactly how far BOA is willing to go to keep all the skeletons hidden in their closets. from public view. I hope that soon BOA will fail as they so richly deserve to do for all our sakes.

  • http://www.shawnblog.com/ shawnblog

    Thanks for reporting this. I’ve also submitted the story to http://www.bankdecay.com/

  • http://twitter.com/waterheart776 waterheart776

    I’ll grow a pair, and sound off like I have one (regardless of the consequences, as it’s the only way to do it in my book. It plays to one of most important traditions that this country has: HONOR):

    (and if I get in trouble for inciting malicious behaviour…..oh well…..I did the right thing, and I can live with the consequences.)

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. DO SOMETHING.

    Time to go after the other two companies. Any good man out there with a conscience needs to join in the fight. Take these assholes down! Take them down with the largest hammer (figurative or literal) you can find. Throw a monkeywrench into the mischief-making engine they’re building! Why not take it even further and go after Skank of America, who’s careless, malicious behaviour resulted in lots of people losing their homes for no good reason? So much infrastructure across the country, ALL of it plugged into public networks. Do the math! It (as they say) “ain’t that hard” to figure out a way to screw them over the way they’ve been screwing over the general public for a LONG time.

    Loyalty means nothing in corporate america anymore. It doesn’t. Plain and simple. All of you out there who have jobs (still), you’re lucky. Maybe you’ve felt the pinch lately, and the sense of worry that comes along with fear of losing your job. It’s not fun, is it? Want to know who’s responsible? Companies like the ones listed above, that are interested in only one thing: MONEY. Gee, I wonder if that means they care about their customers, their employees, and people in general?? Not anymore than what THEY can get out of them, you can be bloody sure of that! Why not do something revolutionary, and fight back against the machine that’s making your life a bloody misery? It’s only logical. Something’s got to give, one way or another.
    Capitalism isn’t working, and this is only going to get worse. More people are being marginalized, and Uncle Sam is fast and furiously working to silence dissent of any kind. This is a call to any able-bodied man, woman, child, and teen-ager to FIGHT back!

    And for those of you still struggling to find employment……

    Start to do the bare minimum, or whatever makes you happy, in order to find gainful employment. But, why not direct some of that energy into a more “productive” outlet…..because obviously, finding a job hasn’t been a fruitful investment of your energy thus far, now has it? If you’re drawing unemployment, max it out. Keep drawing those benefits, and don’t feel the least bit guilty! You paid for it, anyway. Drain every last cent out of the public aid funds. The main aim is to de-stabilize the systems by overloading them (much like DDoS….funny how the concepts are the same, isn’t it?) Once dissatisfaction gets high enough, a critical mass is reached. Once that point is reached, all it takes is just a *tiny* little push to send it over the edge, and the whole thing comes a’ tumblin’ down, regardless of whether or not Mr. G institutes martial law. The one thing to remember, no matter what happens? There’s ALWAYS going to be more of us, then there are of them! With all the advanced technology they have, and all of the “trained professionals”, they can’t match wits with a mass of people whose numbers are higher than them. Anyone who thinks that they can, has been drinking a little too much of the “kool-aid”. Ever fought for something you believed in? If you have, then you know what it feels like. Believing in a cause may not make you invincible, but it makes you more likely to succeed, because you’re less afraid of failure, and more focused on the goal with all your being. It’s more complicated than that, but the core of it is just that simple. Henry Ford had it right: “Whether you believe you will or won’t succeed, you’re right.”

    Any able-bodied computer person with half a brain needs to get in on this.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Tired of the Banks running America?
    Maybe its time for a run on Bank of America!
    (simply withdraw your money, or if you have a check drawn on them present it in person asking for cash)

  • Anonymous

    Carefully! Anymore talk like that, and Obama might pass a law making it illegal for people to withdraw funds from TBTF banks.

  • ThatBostonMan

    I don’t think the feds would be after that key, but they probably are after the Assange and Wikileaks supporters and Anonymous threw themselves into the mix.

  • http://twitter.com/laughingliberal Laughing Liberal

    I love me some Anons. Breathlessly awaiting Wikileaks release on the odious BofA and Bank of America crooks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Yeah, and they have ONE WICKED SENSE OF HUMOR, don’t they?

    And some very powerful friends, too, I hope because they’ve got NSA and the CIA and who knows what else after them, now. I’m sure they know this and are prepared or they would have already disappeared by now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    I have only credit cards from them. Any suggestions for me? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    If you don’t already have a pair, it’s far too late to grow them, my friend. LOL

    Except, there might be a surgeon in Sweden who could help, but technically it’s called a transplant, not a growth. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/waterheart776 waterheart776

    Cancel them! Why live in a constant cycle of debt? Borrowing when you have nothing to back it up, other than a paycheck that may not always be there? That’s the same thing the government does! Not putting you in the same boat as them, but that’s exactly the kind of behaviour that got us into this financial nightmare we’re all in (regardless of the number of people that are suffering). It’s EVERYONE’S collective responsibility to do what they can to end it. Let go of your fear and live for today, as it’s all that matters! Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured. each step of the way. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift.

    Instead of giving your illustrious credit line provider, BofA, interest… why not follow your own interest?

  • Anonymous

    What BofA and the rest of the corporate crooks fail to realize is that no matter what they do to WikiLeaks, they simply cannot run from their malfeasances. Anything that can be discovered will be discovered, whether it be from a whistleblower going to WikiLeaks or a similar outlet, or from a nebulous activist group like Anonymous, which has no head to cut off and thus can’t really be stopped.

    I get the feeling that we’re about to see quite a few companies exposed. Will be interesting to see if the disinformation campaigns succeed in distracting the mainstream media from the real stories. Kudos to Raw for being out in front of this one.

  • nycplayboy78

    Go Hackivists Go!!!!

    Keep up the good work guys-n-gals =D

  • Anonymous

    INSTEAD OF BRINGING DOWN WEBSITES I THINK ANONYMOUS WOULD MAKE BETTER HEADWAY HACKING CORPORATE EMAILS AND RELEASING THEM… #JUSTSAYIN’

  • nycplayboy78

    Yeah I have a sub-prime mortgage with them and they refuse to modify it so I simply stopped paying my mortgage been doing that for the past 3 years. Do I give a shit about BofA??!! In a word – meh….

  • Anonymous

    Rule #1 of the interwebs – DON’T FUCK WITH ANON!

  • Delia

    The emails show the proposal was developed at the request of the Hunton and Williams law firm, which had a meeting with Bank of America on December 3 to discuss legal action against WikiLeaks.

    If they had wanted to take legal action, I guess they should have stuck to doing legal things instead of going all G. Gordon Liddy on everyone. But thanks to the hacktivists for letting us see once again which side of the law the banksters prefer.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterNoTail Peter No Tail

    “The three firms, Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, planned to “disrupt” Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald’s support of WikiLeaks….”

    That alone should raise some serious alarm bells about who the real players are and what they’re capable of, and it makes me wonder about Greenwald’s recent bout with illness. Dengue Fever, it was. Apparently.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Yes. Max them out and stop paying. Try to get actual cash from their bank, all the banks are short on cash and average only 3%ish of deposits in the vault.

    Cash has been leveraged about 30x by the bankers. Even if you have no credit cards, you can shaft the banks by conducting all possible transactions in cash and keeping it in your physical possestion rather than deposited “in” an account.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Its not so much that the banksters prefer to operate illegally. They just wanna make more money.

    Its that OUR GOVERNMENT allows the banksters to operate illegally, but goes after anonymous kids in their parents basement, they have no political power or money to feedback into the system.

  • Anonymous

    Something tells me this goes all the way up to the White House.

  • Anonymous

    Bank of America – just like all the banks – has blood on its hands. Not just for what it has done overseas, but what it has done to the American people.

    I think we’re about to see a lot of companies exposed as well. Banks, Pharma, Oil companies…they’re all going down!

  • Delia

    “Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    Some with a fountain-pen.”

    Woody Guthrie, Pretty Boy Floyd

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180173212 Jean C Harris

    Or these guys are a distraction… you know, “Look! Look over here. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” With all this hubris flying around, who’s going to notice the REAL pros quietly hacking away at Anon and WL in the background? That’s what *I* am afraid of. These guys are experts at misdirection.

  • Anonymous

    Max Headroom was a head of his time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180173212 Jean C Harris

    Yeah, but if he’d released all he had, we would’ve never seen this behavior. We would only have our “conspiracy theory” suspicions about BoA, et al., rather than actual evidence. I say keep squeezing ’til ALL the rats squeal.

  • http://disintermedia8.wordpress.com/ FlatBaroque

    So I guess we can assume that BOA has nothing to hide, right? I want that company to end up in ashes. What a horrible, horrible corporation. Sickening. And WTH is Assange waiting for?

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of the Infragard

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InfraGard

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of the Infragard

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InfraGard

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of the Infragard

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InfraGard

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734407035 Johann Quassowski

    Noone took this as “some kind of personal attack”, Mr Barr. It’s actually much worse then that – you are playing for the opposing team, the cancerous system of oppression that tries to make a travesty of the notion that a people select their government, by reversing this and putting the control in the hands of a powerful, unchecked oligarchy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734407035 Johann Quassowski

    It’s not either or. Not all people have the same capabilities… people that have capabilities that go beyond brinking down websites will not restrict themselfes to just doing that. They’re much to smart for that – as seen in this example, too. Just took 5 or 6 people, afaik.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734407035 Johann Quassowski

    And maybe the REALLY REAL pros are very quietly hacking for Anon and WL… in the underground. To release a bombshell, some time in the near future ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’m just thinking bringing down websites is one thing but releasing internal emails would be MUCH more embarrassing for most. Plus the financial cost on the stock market if people know what they’re planning

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734407035 Johann Quassowski

    He’s got a decent stack of diplomatic cables to go through, I heard… which also get more interesting by the day. And also, I heard Karl Rove’s Sweden-connection keeps him quite busy in court… ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734407035 Johann Quassowski

    Yea, but so far they mainly do that, because of their advertisers and because it makes their own “investigative” journalisms look… “bad”… not because they’re fed some nice sensationalist lies, about rape or something like…. oh, WAIT! ;)

  • http://vindimy.myopenid.com/ DV

    Here is the pdf presentation to BofA http://wikileaks.ch/IMG/pdf/WikiLeaks_Response_v6.pdf

  • http://www.eff.org/ deaduncledave

    The thing you have to keep in mind about Anonymous is that they’re just doing it to piss people off. “For the lulz” as it goes. Who? Everyone, including themselves.

    As hurricanes, earthquakes, firestorms, landslids, locusts, and Water Turning Into Blood are to the planet, so Anonymous is to the Internet.

  • http://twitter.com/kierankyle kieran daniels

    Wikileaks has publicly stated that they will hold information for release until they feel that it will receive the most possible media coverage. Egypt is pretty big and important right now, and they are realeasing a lot of cables concerning that at the moment as well. I would assume they are waiting until celebrity news and that one Sarah P-something is back on top to release the BOA files.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3SAY673LOSYR3GQ5ESEBVEHDFY Scooter Libby

    hey Barr, HAHA

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is doing a better job than Wikileaks. It’s my kinda Robin Hood.

  • http://inkamloops.ca inkamloops

    oh the irony…

  • Anonymous

    Many posting here seem to express the opinion that it is OK to hack into a business and steal their information. It is analogous to someone breaking into your house and stealing your stuff. You wouldn’t like it, you would post ex-security, bitch to the cops to catch the guy, etc. The wikileaks model is slightly different. Some who lives in your house goes in and takes your DVDs and gives them away to a third party who did not entice in any way. The third party should give the DVDs back, instead he plays them for all to see. Since information is not really physical only resides on physical media, it is hard to recapture once it is released. My opinion efforts to stop someone living in your house from taking your stuff and giving it to others is reasonable to include prosecuting them. A third party releasing the information however is depends on who owns the information. Private owned information, BOA for example, should be protected. Government owned information should not. Government works by our consent and the information is technically ours. Government should not be conducted in secret especially government to government to restrict freedom. Therefore, if wikileaks has information that does not contain government information, it should protect and not release. If it is government information, it is our information and we have a right to know what our government is doing that a whistler blower is willing to risk his freedom to divulge.

  • Anonymous

    You cannot shame Thomas. He has no shame. He will call anything and everything used to question him racism. He will rely on the most feeble argument to justify the unjustifiable. He was not a legal scholar to begin with and only got confirmed because the people that knew he was not qualified were too cowardly to stop the confirmation. His tenure on the court has been the least remarkable of any justice in modern history. The lack of ethics and politicalization demonstrated by Thomas and Scalia has diminished the court in this country. History will not be kind to either one of them. In the meantime, they are poised to do considerable harm to this country.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > I did not prepare for them to do what they did.

    This would be one of the best & brightest security experts available… I assume. Maybe he could head the NSA next.

  • http://twitter.com/sabanski_n Nathaniel Sabanski

    Amazing how some people are so ready to flush civil rights for a bit of cash.

  • Snertly

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

  • Anonymous

    Is what’s good for the goose, good for the gander? What I mean is, legislators will extend the Patriot Act that allows government to secretly take what is in our computers, our homes, our library records, etc. If the standard our government sets is that the ends justifies the means, well …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RIOYXZPXZZMVZUKEGYZFRFNXHY Devin Blagbrough

    Good point but what I like better is that he’s arguing that one of the banks involved in causing the current economic crisis should be immune to scrutiny. No, when you get as big as BOA you are comparable to the government – when a company is so big that the government says “too big to fail” and will spend government money to prevent it, well then it is just part of the government and its documents too are open books… or should be and well soon it sounds like they will be thanks to wikileaks.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    John Dillinger said he was just robbing it back from the banks who stole it from the people.
    Seems more morally acceptable to me.

  • http://skewed.de/tiago Tiago Peixoto

    Well, in all fairness, they do it for a *shitload* of cash.

  • Anonymous

    “Private owned information, BOA for example”

    Wow you managed to destroy all of your fine typing work with one LIE.

    “Bank of America received US $20 billion in the federal bailout from the U.S. government through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) on 16 January 2009 and also got a guarantee of US $118 billion in potential losses at the company.”

    BOA is a part of the US government and as such we citizens are entitled to know its operations. Any other investor making a similar stake would demand NO LESS.

    Nice try, though.

  • Anonymous

    What is the idiotic mindset that thinks that there is some sort of competition here? These people are all working together.

  • Anonymous

    “they’re just doing it to piss people off.”

    I suppose the cigar told you that? Or was it one of the other voices you hear?

  • Anonymous

    Do you really think the truly dirty deals go down by email? My friend the handshake still rules in the business world and these handshakes are not recorded in any server log.

  • Anonymous

    ‘Anonymous’ & WikiLeaks have come to epitomize what is best of the human spirit. While most humans believe in fairy tales and spend days in fantasy land these people are constructively (or de-constructively, as the case may be) doing things to move society forward.

  • Anonymous

    LOL..whatever. BOA and other corporations think they’re above the law, so I think hackers and other individuals should also be above the law. I guess we have a tie!

  • Anonymous

    Of course… but if you know the handshake deal you can ALWAYS track the conversations and illegal activity that happens B4 in email. And if you think I couldn’t become a Billionaire within a year if I had an inside track on all executive emails within a corporation, you’re sorely mistaken.

  • Anonymous

    Let me answer that this way. First, all government information is our
    information and with few exceptions should be released to us to evaluate
    government performance. Many in government and society as a whole subscribe
    to a position analogous to they are shepherds protecting us. Anyone
    accepting this role for government is well down the road to serfdom.
    Second, legislators are elected by us, we can recall or unelected as we see
    fit. However, when legislators fund their campaigns with dollars supplied
    by those (Corps, PAC’s Parties, etc.) other than legislator’s electorate
    then they lose sense of accountability. This must change. Third, and the
    heart of your question. The stupidest sign is “No Trespassing US Government
    Property”. How can I as a citizen trespass on my property. Therefore, if
    one hacks a government computer how can he be charged with a crime.
    Admittedly, my view is limitedly shared within the US citizenery. Not
    enough of us take ownership of our government. We subscribed to they are
    shepherds and we are sheep. Until my view becomes prevailing, you hack a
    government computer you are going to jail unless the jury is made of people
    that think as I do. Additionally, write your congressman to vote no on the
    Patriot Act extension, tell him you want him to be much more aggressive in
    protecting citizens rights and limiting the federal bureaucracy.

  • Anonymous

    Evidently, hacking is a crime in America, unless you are protecting the MAN. Old hippie days are coming back, what a shame. I was taught greed was a sin, but if you watch our leaders, they weren’t in my Christian church. Rob from the poor so only those that have, have. May they rot in Hell.

  • Anonymous

    This is all beginning to look more and more like some kind of giant circle jerk. More bluff and bluster than smoking gun. Bank of America must have some guilt and know they have plenty to be afraid of because they are trying to find out what Assange knows. Assange is reportedly now telling friends that he can’t make heads or tails out of all the Bank of America emails he has and hasn’t been able to find anything obviously damning so far.

    So the only justice in all of this might be that Bank of America has made it evident that they have things they don’t want known and have paid or wasted at least some money trying to keep those things under wraps, unfortunately for the rest of us, Assange, is spite of all his false promises and threats, doesn’t seem to have much that will be worthwhile on that front.

    Maybe after Assange finds a team of economists to go through it all something will come up, the emails he has evidently end sometime in 2006. So it’s older stuff. It would be nice if Assange could get recent information.

  • Anonymous

    Bullshit!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VIII2XPU4HUPLANTLEJGSYN7A jARED

    I’m sure everyone is all worried about hackers and banks. Just remember these stunts are ammunition for the authorities to end internet freedom. Within 10 years, if you can do much more online than you can on a TV now, I’ll be surprised.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    If you are at all interested in this stuff I expect you will enjoy

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/how-one-security-firm-tracked-anonymousand-paid-a-heavy-price.ars

    Best article I read on the net in ages.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like BOA may have something really serious to hide.

  • Anonymous

    Ya, they are a tool in the Federal Reserve Cartel.

  • Anonymous

    shut the fuck up pussy

  • Anonymous

    tool, why don’t you grow a pair…

  • http://www.eff.org/ deaduncledave

    The duck, obviously!

  • Anonymous

    You are awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Booz Allen Hamilton=CIA.

  • Anonymous

    I’m watching al-Jazeera live and they flashed to an image of an empty podium where Obama is about to speak. Above the podium it says, “Winning the Future.” Can anyone imagine a more Orwellian, Nazi slogan?

  • Anonymous

    WTF????? (Winning The Future????)

    Sorta like that Wikileaks Task Force (WTF????) over at CIA, huh?

  • Anonymous

    jARED the douchebag says “they” need an excuse.

    THEY have never required an excuse, moronski.

    THEY have dismantled the American economy the way THEY have dismantled others over the years. For the sociopath, no excuse is ever required.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    Been doing that for years now. It’s a bit of an adjustment, but after you get used to you wonder why you did it any other way. It’s like…. growing up.

  • http://twitter.com/rand_race Rand Race

    Newt Gingrich published a book in 2005 entitled “Winning The Future”

    And yes, I and most people with an IQ above room temperature don’t need to imagine a more Orwellian, Nazi slogan since we have real Orwellian and Nazi slogans to refer to.

    Moron.

  • Lincoln Paradox

    Digital security is legal, but counter-hacking is not.

    BUT, there will probably be no charges. JUst more hacking from anonymous.

  • Anonymous

    I guess then you’ve never heard of the Nazis or Orwell if you can say that there is not a more offensive insult to intelligence than to trot out tired platitudes. I also love the one about hope for the future or that we have to do x, y and z for our children, as if the children were the only ones that matter. I abhor anyone who is so callous as to to discount all those who are alive in favor of our precious children, while simultaneously ruining our children’s future each and every day.

  • Anonymous

    “On November 30, just hours after Raw Story first unearthed evidence that WikiLeaks held data exposing corruption at Bank of America, bank executives held a late-night conference call to discuss damage control, the New York Times reported.”

    Why so worried if they didn’t do anything wrong?

  • Anonymous

    I had a little trouble following your argument.

    Clarify for me – is it OK to steal from a thief or not?

  • Anonymous

    Stealing is stealing. We have to change the definition of what is ours versus what is theirs. My argument with government is they claim some privilege of ownership I don’t accept. What is theirs by default is also mine because they govern at my and all citizen’s consent. What is mine is not necessarily theirs and is protected from their access. Citizens do not have access to other citizen’s information without due process. So how can you be accused of stealing if it is already yours. Someone raised the issue of BOA because I said it was private, but it is not if you own common stock in the company. If the government owns common stock in the company then BOA’s information is all of ours information, so how can you steal it if you are a citizen.

  • Tio Holtzman

    If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear…

  • Anonymous

    Some security firm they are…

    They were fooled by a 16 year old girl who managed to use social engineering to fool their administrator “Jussi” (whom I believe has since been sacked).

    They also had an SQL vulnerability on their site and blamed their insecurity on a 3rd party company that developed their site.

    …and these people want to get tax-payer’s dollars to fund their lame shit, how pathetic!

    As for Barr’s research, much of it is a list of innocent people who either emotionally or psychologically support Anonymous – but most of whom had no involvement in the actual attacks and have in no way acted illegally.

    Despite the list of mostly (possibly all) innocent people, Barr was set to meet with the FBI and the company’s leaked emails indicate he may have been trying to sell his flawed methods [Looking at all members on social networking sites who subscribe to pro-anon groups, etc. and trying to obtain further information on their real identities - looking for any clues between handles/nicks used in IRC and the facebook profiles, etc.] (and possibly the data, including many innocent people labelled as Anon members) to the FBI.

    HBGary was retaliated against because they were about to become a threat of harassment and/or suspension of fair process to many innocent people thanks to Aaron Barr’s sloppy and worthless analysis.

    To anyone who has had their business dealings, security, etc. put in jeopardy because of the leaked emails, you can thank Aaron Barr and his firm’s desire to profiteer and exploit Anonymous to raise his company’s profile in the media. – They certainly got the amount of attention they desired… just not attention of the type they had hoped for.

    What did they expect though? They messed with Anon.

  • Anonymous

    And for dinner tonight, BoA execs will be served their collective asses on a platter. Followed by Humble pie, with a side of crow.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t kick the hive.

  • Anonymous

    check this out too, on topic:
    http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/02/09/the-disinformation-campaign-bank-of-america-considered

    BofA using the security firms, on recommendation of the feds, to plot against wikileaks.

  • Anonymous

    This ought to be a nice punch in the gut for the greedfuckers.

    Unfortunately, I imagine the banksters (and associates) will become all the more depraved as a result of having their noses rubbed in their own shit by a handful of teenagers and 20-somethings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Would a rational person think the DOJ should be going about the business of investigating the massive fraud perpetrated by banks on the American public? Or instead should the DOJ help the banks by finding someone to conceal their past crimes by engaging in conspiracies to commit more crimes? If only we knew a rational person we could ask them, but alas they have all moved to Canada.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Charges? Hahahaha! They’ll stop at nothing to get Assange but won’t lift a finger to finger the banks. Of course no charges, silly!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    At least they finally ditched “Hope” because at this point with Obama there is none.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    We have such love for the children that we’re giving them a poisoned planet and trillions and trillions of dollars of debt. Here kids, pay for your parents sins! They’ll thank us for this someday, I’m sure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    BofA has more skeletons in the closet than Carter has liver pills. We already know an apparently huge number of their mortgage foreclosures were procedurally bogus. That is likely to be just the tip of a very large iceberg. Otherwise why is BofA panicking? There are bad things behind the curtain.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Politicians: Tax cuts for the rich. Less fuel assistance for the poor. Screwing the public is bipartisan. Regardless of party they claim to be doing it for God. But if they really believed in God would they be screwing so many people? I mean, considering having to answer for all of this in the afterlife? I think they don’t really believe in God at all. They just lie a lot and get rich. They believe in “The Force” – of money!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    WTF is the best our government can do right now. We’re cutting the budget, you know!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Probably the best point you have ever made on here, I totally agree.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    All of these activities will only encourage more leaks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Exposing corruption is the name of this game. As far as freedom of information I think corporations should be able to have proprietary information that’s shielded from the public, and also a truly functioning Justice Department (not political operatives disguised as justice) needs secrecy. But otherwise all government workings, including all policy making and decision making should be transparent. If this were truly a democracy of the people why do we need all this secrecy? It’s to hide corruption.

    Internet security is bound to get tighter in the future. It’s so bad right now as to be almost unworkable. Even a security firm is vulnerable if they hire meatheads. It will become harder and harder to be anonymous in the future. Only the most technically agile will be able to game the system. They’ll always be some who can stay ahead of the curve. But most will be forced into compliance.

    I think we’ll see a fracturing of the Internet. We’ll go back to what we used to have in the 1970 and 1980′s: a smattering of private networks, with tightly controlled gateways connecting them. The death of Net Neutrality will lead to this. The corporations want it so we’ll have no choice. Rich folks’ll have total connectivity to everything. Us poor folks’ll be in the slow lane, restricted to the bad neighborhoods of the Internet. Won’t it be fun?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Real journalism isn’t found in main stream media. It’s in the blogs and non-profit sites. Once money comes into the picture truth goes out the window.

  • http://netodaditos.myopenid.com/ Neto Daditos

    Dude, then go ahead and prosecute the banks and corporations when they break the law. They should not be above it just because they fund politicians.

    You do realize this man was going to sell absolutely incorrect information to the FBI and that, given USA’s paranoid state right now, any and all people on that list would be subject to a lot of unfair federal harassment?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_23CDNWBDZRUJBCT5DAT73QFZYM Un-Make me Real

    I think you are confusing a corporation for an individual. A corporation is a conglomeration of individuals, who have very little, if any power over what happens within the organization itself. Most are simply money lenders who are made to believe they “own” part of the company. In a very real sense, a corporation is just another form of government, abiding by the same rules, checks and balances (or lack there of.)

  • cannotvote

    The bucket is full of holes – as is the Dyke, giving the banks the finger is fast become obviously inadequate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand leak everything you have on Bank of America in response :-)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    High tech agent provocateurs working on behalf of corporate america.

    Tad Szulc warned about this 30 years ago.

    Corporations are you enemy.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone else noticed that the link to the bradblog article about the US CoC yields a “forbidden” message, and so do all efforts to read other articles at bradblog? Do you suppose that’s a result of cyber-terrorism? Here’s a link to a similar article on another site: http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/10/lobbyists-chamberleaks/

  • Anonymous

    Sorry our lackeys got caught, we will try and prevent such disclosures in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterNoTail Peter No Tail

    The only think Palantir is sorry about is that they got caught.

  • Anonymous

    You can run but you can’t hide.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Smell the fear. Next time someone says you can’t make a difference “sitting at the keyboard in your mom’s basement” refer them to Aaron Barr.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry. Dianne Feinstein will protect us from these cyber-no-gooders at anonomous.

    Maybe get some juicy contracts for her husband’s company too.

  • Tom

    And I’ll add to that, IMHO move your money out of BOA, (I am). IMHO they don’t care about me, and they don’t care about you, all they care about is money. So start taking your money away from them and watch them cry big corporate crocodile tears.

    Maybe if they loose enough money they’ll have to stop paying bonuses to the bastards that run these leaches on society.

  • Anonymous

    So stealing an email from BOA that proves that they were guilty of blatant fraud in the housing debacle is a no-no?

  • Anonymous

    What happened to my DON’T LIKE button? You’re messin’ with my hero bud! Better be careful.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be foolish, of course they are sleeping well at night. After all, since they never did anything wrong they have absolutely nothing to fear from the wikileaks disclosures. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Ars techina published this http://tinyurl.com/6xhleht article HBGrays investigation of anonymous. It includes a link to an IRC chat with the CEO of HBGs parent company. Anonymous asserts the report did not identify any of it’s members and that HBG was turning the names of innocent bystanders over to the FBI for investigation. That is the reason they destroyed HBG. The chat log is a bit of a slog to read through, but well worth the effort.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    every good organization has it’s undercover security,the US—CIA, USSR—KGB,ISRAEL—Mossad.,WIKI—– ANONYMOUS. ANONYMOUS is faster,cheaper,smarter,and gets the job done and leaves the other so called security experts chasing smoke and mirrors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001513126037 Heath Strock

    Unfortunately I would have to do it using my Mac, by then they are laughing their way right back to the deposit slot, Steve J. come on man, now Verizon? your sliding bro…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Corporate America schemes to commit multiple felonies. Gets off with an “apology”.

    To bad the rest of us are mere citizens, the feebees would be all over us for that.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEUDUVF5EGJZRZETF3KV53P7BQ Thomas

    Apology? NO !!! Prison time and a 50 billion dollar fine. Nothing less.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t seem to find the comment, but someone asked about the HBGray emails. You can download them here http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6156166/HBGary_leaked_email

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Great name for a corrupt company…palantir…the orbs in Tolkeins Rings trilogy that were tainted by Sauron’s malevolence and could taint the minds of their users….perfect irony. F*cking dirtbags.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    you don’t tug on superman’s cape!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Good. Wikileaks is on OUR side.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but did they promise to never, ever do it again?

  • Anonymous

    I read this title fine before, then I got high and was like, “Wtf? Am I going to have to switch to an AMD?”.

  • Anonymous

    This is that there “cyberterrorism” they keep telling us about, isn’t it? And, isn’t it funny how the names aren’t Arabic, but are instead Corporate?

  • Anonymous

    More accurate to say, they are embarrassed, feeling really sorry for themselves is sure to come latter.
    Those three ‘security’ firms are pure slime, quite content to get rich by specifically destroying people’s lives, companies that in no way shape or form ever be trusted, betrayers, deceivers and, quislings.

  • http://justsaythat.com/ JP Smith

    Apparently, Anonymous hit HBGary so hard that the president of the parent company went on IRC to beg them to stop.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/how-one-security-firm-tracked-anonymousand-paid-a-heavy-price.ars

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    OT ; Does RAW still do bad cop, crooked cop or cop cover-up stories any more ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHDT4YAZ2BNODZIWVNVVKXLCZM Ajax

    This conspiracy by these organisations could be considered organized crime and justice applied under the racketeering Rico Laws.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    dengue fever is no fun
    just ask glenn greenwald

  • cannotvote

    The damage is done – Trojan horses are full of sh……..

  • Anonymous

    They got found out..
    So they promise to stop and to be good in future.

    But if they hadn’t been found out?
    Just shows…. whistleblowers are important.

  • Anonymous

    What they were doing is nothing less than conspiracy to slander and to destroy property. They should be charged.

  • Wyrdless

    “”"Do I regret it now? Sure,” Barr told Forbes Monday. “I knew some folks would take my research as some kind of personal attack which it absolutely was not. I thought they might take down our Web site with a DDoS attack. I did not prepare for them to do what they did.”"”

    What a liar. It clearly is a personal attack. I hope Barr is financially ruined by his attacks and is harassed for the rest of his life by up and coming hackers.

  • ghostof911

    Glen Greenwald weighing in with a few more details. Well worth the read.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/02/11/campaigns/index.html

  • ghostof911

    Glen Greenwald provides the answer to your question. DOJ did actually recommended to BoA the law firm that it should use to coordinate the attacks against Wikileaks.

    And perhaps most disturbing of all, Hunton & Williams was recommended to Bank of America’s General Counsel by the Justice Department — meaning the U.S. Government is aiding Bank of America in its defense against/attacks on WikiLeaks.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/02/11/campaigns/index.html

  • MNUSA

    The Information Age is really here. Petty dictators, looters of our government and our corporations, governments that don’t act in the best interests of its citizens (including democracies) and other entities can no longer keep their secrets from the public. In the future, we can’t be fooled – unless we want to be.

  • Anonymous

    See? This is exactly how you deal with scumbag corporations that think they’re above the law–you attack them and make them fearful. Kudos to Anonymous and Wikileaks….

  • Anonymous

    Cyber assault. Isn’t that a crime to attack websites? How about a conspiracy charge?

  • Anonymous

    If a corporation financially rapes the general public, steals billions of dollars and shafts us all…

    Does it still deserve it’s privilege of secrecy?

  • Anonymous

    they did not want what Anonymous did to aaron barr…did Penny ever pay up????

  • Anonymous

    To be clear, Anons suggested that Penny give Aaron Barr’s fees to the fund for Bradley Manning’s defense – in case anyone wonders what the “pay up” reference above relates to.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7KWKSU5DRUWVFQD5YYW3TFM6AU Tom C

    Do you know what Anonymous is, Jean? It’s ordinary people. People who awake each morning to a world filled with injustice and twisted evil masquerading as the norm. They’re simply a large community of random people scattered all over the world, with no nefarious forethought to their union. Some of these people have talents like the ability to hack, others show support by attending protests, all in pursuit of simple justice.

    Thanks to Anon, we know Scientology isn’t just a kooky religion but a dangerous cult that robs and mistreats its adherents, and occasionally kills them. Thanks to Anon, numerous animal abusers who posted videos of their cruel acts online, have been brought to justice.

    Anon is just people, mostly young people, fed up with bad things in this world, and doing something about them. There are essentially two forces in our world, driven by people: the force to do good, and the force to continue perpetuating evil.

    A company like HB Gary; what does it add to the world? Enhanced ability to keep secrets buried? A more efficient attack on truth? That they tried to help shut down WikiLeaks, is telling evidence of which side they’re on.

    Things like WikiLeaks, Anon, etc., are inevitable. They are incarnations of the human need to do good, and to see justice – the right kind of justice – done. The authorities, or powers-that-be, will tell you to fear WikiLeaks and Anonymous, but they’re afraid out of simple self-preservation… it is in their interests, after all, to perpetuate a world that works according to their plans; a world that buries the secrecy of its unjust dealings behind non-disclosure agreements.

    Look at Anon’s targets: Crooked bankers. Animal abusers. Dangerous cults. There’s an almost childlike altruism to their actions. They could affect the world with bombs and terror, like so many groups and nations today do, but instead they hold peaceful rallies, and wield information as their only weapon. Truth.

    I’m not an Anon but I am a fan.

  • Anonymous

    The U.S. Chamber of commerce (inc BofA, et al) are colluding with security firms such as this in an effort to discredit progressive organizations using false documents, planning hacking/DDoS attempts/etc.

    The leaked emails have exposed them as an enemy of the people.

    The U.S Chamber of Commerce wants a secretive disinformation WAR against YOU and against your right to be told the truth.

    Anonymous’s actions and the need for their existence is quite clear under these circumstances.

    Anonymous are the good guys, there’s no question.

    EDIT: They were trying to personally target Brad Friedman from BRADBLOG too. Even discussing details of Brad’s family, etc. And Aaron Barr thinks we shouldn’t take his efforts and involvement in sinister crap like this personally? I beg to differ.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterNoTail Peter No Tail

    The CEO of HBGary Fed had a copy of the Stuxnet worm that trashed Iranian nuclear facilities. http://crowdleaks.org/hbgary-wanted-to-suppress-stuxnet-research/
    So where’d he get that from? (Anonymous probably now has a copy of it too, btw.)

    Something tells me you’re right.

  • Anonymous

    If it walks like a piggy, talks like a piggy, by golly it’s a PIGGY!
    .
    WHERE IS MY LOAN MODIFICATION BANK OF DESTROYING AMERICA!
    .
    BofA and it’s CEO Brian Moynihan reminds me of that song by John Lennon and George Harrison titled “Piggies” I invite you to listen to this song on youtube and see if it appropriately fits.
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovD9rTzs2q4&feature=player_embedded
    .
    Have you seen the little piggies
    Crawling in the dirt
    And for all the little piggies
    Life is getting worse
    Always having dirt to play around in.
    .
    Have you seen the bigger piggies
    In their starched white shirts
    You will find the bigger piggies
    Stirring up the dirt
    Always have clean shirts to play around in.
    .
    In their ties with all their backing
    They don’t care what goes on around
    In their eyes there’s something lacking
    What they need’s a damn good whacking.
    .
    Everywhere there’s lots of piggies
    Living piggy lives
    You can see them out for dinner
    With their piggy wives
    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.
    .

    When I filed my lawsuit against Bank of America, myself and Brookstone Law Firm thought of the many others out there in the same situation. It was then that we decided to educate the public on what these piggy banks are doing, as well as unite us all together as one voice. Please help me turn this David vs. Goliath modification process, into a Goliath vs. Goliath.
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    Please stand with me and Brookstone Law firm and send an email to Bank of America that states that we will no longer tolerate their potentially illegal, fraudulent, irregular and abusive business methods. – http://www.brookstone-law.com/
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    So please send your email directly to Bank of America and include the following:
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    1. Your name
    2. Your complaint concerning your experience with Bank of America.
    3. Please end your email “I support John Wright vs. BofA Lawsuit!”
    4. Please send a copy of your email to piggybankblog@earthlink.net
    5. Please send your email to BofA CEO Brian Moynihan:
    brian.t.moynihan@bankofamerica.com
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    If you would like to join my piggybankblog “Elite Blogger Hit Team”, please do not even hesitate to contact me at piggybankblog@earthlink.net. The elite team involves leaving comments on certain pre-decided Bank of Destroying America comment sections on articles, blogs and other various online sites.
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    Please help me spread this youtube around, which is an announcement of my Lawsuit. It will drive Bank of Abusing America absolutely crazy to see it all over the internet:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoOJMr7OJ0s&feature=player_embedded

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    I HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND I AM FIGHTING BACK!
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    Divided we might have fell America. UNITED WE MUST STAND!
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    Let’s Roll!
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    John Wright
    piggybankblog.com

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