The hacker group Anonymous, which is less a coherent group of people working together toward a common cause than a random medley of hackers out to prank and disrupt the online world, has been busy these days. Multiple hacks on Bay Area Rapid Transit websites in response to BART's shutdown of the railway's underground cellular system have captured the attention of activists and technophiles alike.
For years, few people knew about HBGary Inc., a Sacramento tech firm working on the esoteric frontiers of cybersecurity.
Then a bizarre episode turned the 30-employee firm into a combination global laughingstock and villain.
The ephemeral, anarchic group known as Anonymous is credited with shutting down trains and publishing the personal information of transit police in San Francisco this week. And yet its decentralized nature means there’s little agreement about the organization’s methods.
An attack on Bay Area Rapid Transit websites by the hacker collective Anonymous this week drew international attention for political reasons. But these intrusions are catching the interest of IT pros for professional reasons, since the weaknesses in BART's IT security are by no means unique to the transit authority.
AntiSec is targeting defense contractors again. Continuing their beef with law enforcement, and organizations that offer them support, they have targeted Richard Garcia, the Senior Vice President of Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI). AntiSec plans to release nearly 4,713 emails and thousands of documents taken during the breach.