'Anonymous' Hacker Group Teaches Shady Cyber-Security Companies a Lesson They'll Never Forget
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In the final analysis, Anonymous may be a far-flung coalition of teen hackers looking to balance the powers-that-be's often uneven playing field. But like the whistle-blowing Wikileaks, it has hit its targets with alarming speed and accuracy. The HBGary fiasco, whose tentacles snake into the hallowed halls of politics and finance, feels like the beginning of an uneasy relationship, for those who champion informational transparency and online civil disobedience. Because if Wikileaks and Anonymous think that Bank of America, the Chamber of Commerce, Hunton & Williams or even the Department of Justice, which recommended the heavyweight law firm to Bank of America's General Counsel, is finished its attack, it's got quite another thing coming.
But judging by its recently hilarious pranks and preemptive security hacks, it's probably already prepared for the cyberwar that is perhaps on its way.