Archive for February 7th, 2011
Yesterday, I posted a press release noting that the Financial Times article that appeared yesterday and which drew on input from HBGary Federal employee Aaron Barr was laughably inaccurate. An hour ago, Anon seized control of the internet security firm’s website, defaced its pages, acquired 60,000 company e-mails, deleted backup files, seized Barr’s Twitter account, and took down the founder’s website rootkit.com. Anonymous also acquired this document, which HBGary was set to provide to the FBI at a scheduled meeting tomorrow.
Update – Press release added below.
* barrettbrown’s diary :: ::
Like Barr’s previous statements to FT, the entirety of his research is not only terrible, but in many cases less informative than is the public record. The entry on me, for instance, is entirely inaccurate despite the fact that I have not been a clandestine participant since coming out of the closet months ago.
As noted by Bernard Keane, the situation is rather hilarious. More to the point, it should demonstrate that HBGary Federal is not only incapable of protecting its clients and informing on folks who were among the first to get involved in Tunisia and Egypt – it is incapable of protecting itself.
Here are the 60,000 e-mails that were acquired today. Enjoy! NOTE: I’VE TAKEN DOWN THE LINK BECAUSE THOSE E-MAILS ALSO INCLUDE THOSE FROM HBGARY ITSELF, WHICH ONLY OWNS 15 PERCENT OF HBGARY FEDERAL. THE PRESIDENT, PENNY, GAVE ME A CALL AND WAS PRETTY NICE ABOUT IT. NEGOTIATIONS ARE ONGOING AMONG RELEVANT PARTIES.
Business organisation the Institute of Directors (IoD) has called for collective bargaining to be scrapped for teachers and NHS staff.
They are among a set of proposals the trades unions have described as a “Thatcherite fantasy world”.
The IoD put a series of recommendations to government to cut red tape and boost private sector growth.
It also wants an automatic right to ask for flexible working to be removed, in order to increase productivity.
The IoD has put forward 24 “freebie” proposals, which it says would cost the government nothing but would benefit growth, particularly in the private sector.
Among the most controversial would be the call to curb trade union negotiating power in large public sector bodies, said BBC business correspondent Joe Lynam.
The IoD also suggests that workers should pay a deposit of £500 when taking their employers to industrial tribunals to deter what it describes as “vexatious claims”.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our time here, it’s that there’s absolutely no cherished childhood memory, from nursery rhymes to candy bars, that doesn’t have some dark and gritty origin story. But surely our favorite board games sprang fully formed from the land of bunnies and rainbows, right? After all, they’re just a bunch of colorful squares on a board meant to let families kill time in the pre-video game era.