What’s it like being the victim of an attack by Anonymous? Pretty unpleasant. Aaron Barr found that out yesterday when members of the loosely-knit online group of campaigners hacked into his Twitter account, brought down his company’s Web site and put more than 50,000 of his personal emails online.
Barr is the CEO of a tiny software security firm HBGary Federal based in Washington D.C., and had recently been perusing Facebook and IRC (chat) channels under a fake alias to gather covert research on Anonymous. Then he (sort of) took his findings public: Barr was quoted in the Financial Times a few days ago as saying he had uncovered names of senior figures of Anonymous, and denying he would deliver them to the police.
Still, several members of Anonymous didn’t like the story. As the Super Bowl was getting underway last night, a subset of the group posted Barr’s cell, home address and social security number through his own, hacked, Twitter account. He has yet to regain control. Read the full story of the attack here.
One of the five Anonymous members carrying out the attacks (it doesn’t take many) told me they were galvanized after finding out from Barr’s emails that he had, in fact, been planning to meet the FBI this morning and was planning to try and negotiate a sale of his information on Anonymous; namely, a 23-page document purporting to show names and addresses of Anonymous members.
The Anonymous member said they had recovered the document, but instead of destroying it, posted a link to it on Barr’s Twitter feed, saying the names were nonsense.
Barr counters that it’s not his real research. “It’s an old copy of my research document. It’s not the current copy. Like any research it gets more accurate.” He also denies that he was planning to try and sell personal information on Anonymous to the FBI, which has an open investigation into the group. “I did have a meeting with them this morning,” he says. But while it probably had something to do with the FT story, he adds that he didn’t know what it was to be about. “They called me.”
Why did he talk to the Financial Times in the first place? Barr says he had been preparing to give a talk at the B-Sides security conference in San Francisco on Feb. 14 about information security in social media, and he wanted to drum up some publicity ahead of time to help spur the debate.
“Do I regret it now? Sure,” he says, with a short laugh. “I’m getting personal threats from people, and I have two kids. I have two four-year old kids. Nothing is worth that.”
The threats have come through Facebook including one commenter who wrote: “I’m gonna find out all the people that you know and cause them pain. Death is too good for you.” Last night Barr also received about half a dozen phone calls to his cell. He only answered one of them – a woman who quickly hung up. The rest were voicemails: “They didn’t actually speak,” he says. “One was singing something. Some of them just hung up. One guy just had weird noises in the background.”
To his credit, Barr did not expect Anonymous’ reaction to be quite so ferocious. “I had expected some potential retribution,” he says. “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 now Barr is working on damage control to his reputation as well as trying to make sense of what’s happened. “I just feel a bit exhausted by the whole thing,” he says. His biggest problem is the thousands of personal emails that have been released into cyberspace.
“I’m going to contact people I’ve exchanged e-mails with and just tell them what’s going on. The rest I’ll deal with as it comes,” he says.
Barr adds that Anonymous is also not quite done with him. “They’re trying to pop my home router. I’m watching IP traffic and they’re trying to get my home box,” he says. “So I just unplugged it
Resumo do resumo:
1. CEO de segurança em computadores, Aaron Barr diz ao Financial Times estar se infiltrando no 4chan para coletar dados confidenciais de anons
2. Barr prepara um documento para vender ao FBI
3. 4chan rouba o documento do servidor de Barr e o publica de graça na internet, dizendo que era um monte de lixo, mesmo
4. 4chan distribui informações pessoais de bar na internet, incluindo mais de 50.000 emails dele
5. 4chan hackeia o twitter, o email e o site da empresa de Barr
Fonte da notícia original: http://blogs.forbes.com/parmyolson/2011/02/07/victim-of-anonymous-attack-speaks-out/
Fonte do tópico: http://forum.outerspace.terra.com.br/showthread.php?p=7575669&posted=1#post7575669
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