E-Mails Hacked By 'Anonymous' Raise Concerns A pro-WikiLeaks activist group hacked an Internet security company's servers, stole private e-mails and dumped them on the Web. The e-mails offer a glimpse at a world of corporate dirty tricks in the Internet age.
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E-Mails Hacked By 'Anonymous' Raise Concerns

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As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, the content of those emails is raising concerns.

MARTIN KASTE: Anonymous really hates HB Gary Federal. The security company was trying to use social networks to unmask the members of Anonymous, so they struck back. This man, who calls himself Owen, says his Anonymous colleagues broke into the company's servers. Hackers have a name for what they did.

OWEN: They decided to just rape his servers and take all the information they wanted.

KASTE: To raid or rape, what did you just say?

OWEN: Forgive that term, it just came - rape in an Internet term, you know, is to go in and take everything out of somebody's server.

KASTE: One of those singled out in the email is Glenn Greenwald, a blogger on Salon.

GLENN GREENWALD: For me, what was most striking about them is just the brazen willingness to commit these sorts of proposals onto paper.

KASTE: In that proposal, HB Gary Federal appears to be working with two other government contractors, and Greenwald says it offers a glimpse into these companies' real attitudes.

GREENWALD: These are pretty serious, well-connected players who are directly involved in creating these kind of proposals. So while the proposal itself is laughable in one sense, in another sense the fact that this just seems so routine to people like this is what I think deserves some more attention.

KASTE: HB Gary Federal wouldn't comment to NPR, but we did reach Jim Butterworth, a VP at HB Gary Inc., a company with close ties to HB Gary Federal. Its emails were also stolen and its website also hacked.

JIM BUTTERWORTH: They've come at us pretty hard. And people need to know that it hasn't stopped.

KASTE: Butterworth says he doesn't know anything about the proposals that were revealed in the emails, but he doesn't think Anonymous has any right to brag about the information it exposed.

BUTTERWORTH: Before they decided to do what they did and break the law, they had no knowledge of what was in those emails, they had no knowledge of who we were.

KASTE: Martin Kaste, NPR News.

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