Leaked E-Mails Reveal Efforts to Discredit WikiLeaks
For those of you who may have missed the news on Friday, HBGary Federal is the company of Aaron Barr, a man who incurred the wrath of Anonymous by attempting to identify members of the hacktivist collective, potentially in order to turn them over to the FBI -- or to paying, corporate customers. Barr's services didn't come cheap. Through an intermediary (corporate law firm Hunton & Williams), HBGary Federal planned to charge the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $200,000 for its initial services, and up to $2 million in fees down the road. Both Bank of America and the Chamber of Commerce have repudiated the so-called security firm and its tactics. In fact, both groups said they were unaware of these proposals until the e-mails leaked. It's possible that Hunton & Williams had simply not extended the offers to the groups yet, but HBGary Federal suggests that some of the leaked e-mails may be fabricated. The drama will probably continue to unfold over the next several days, but if the leaked e-mails turn out to be legit, then the only group HBGary succeeded in discrediting was itself.