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Hacked and now vandalized, HBGary pulls out of RSA

Robert McMillan | Feb. 16, 2011
The California security company that is at the center of a controversy over a plan to discredit WikiLeaks and its supporters abruptly pulled itself out of the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week, citing security concerns.

For a security company to suffer such a major breach is embarrassing, but buried in the 67,000 company emails published by Anonymous were even more damaging material such as a proposal to help Bank of America's (BAC) law firm, Hunton & Williams, discredit WikiLeaks ahead of the expected release of secret bank documents. In the proposal, Barr suggested that HBGary Federal could work with two other security companies -- Palantir and Berico Technologies -- to launch cyberattacks, seed WikiLeaks with fake documents and dig up dirt on its supporters.

BofA publicly distanced itself from HBGary following the incident, while Palantir and Berico Technologies have severed ties with the firm.

 

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