One of the more interesting, and sadly overlooked, stories to emerge from HBGary's email server (a fine example to its customers of how NOT to secure their own email systems) was a military project - dubbed Operation Metal Gear by Anonymous for lack of an official title - designed to manipulate social media. The main aims of the project were two fold: Firstly, to allow a lone operator to control multiple false virtual identities, or "sockpuppets". This would allow them to infiltrate discussions groups, online polls, activist forums, etc and attempt to influence discussions or paint a false representation of public opinion using the highly sophisticated sockpuppet software. The second aspect of the project was to destroy the concept of online anonymity, essentially attempting to match various personas and accounts to a single person through recognition shared of writing styles, timing of online posts, and other factors. This, again, would be used presumably against any perceived online opponent or activist. HBGary Federal was just one of several companies involved in proposing software solutions for this project. Another company involved was Booz Allen Hamilton. Anonymous has been investigating them for some time, and has uncovered all sorts of other shady practices by the company, including potentially illegal surveillance systems, corruption between company and government officials, warrantless wiretapping, and several other questionable surveillance projects. All of this, of course, taking place behind closed doors, free from any public knowledge or scrutiny.
@MonsatoCo is now suing small dairy farmers for advertising that they use no growth hormones. For NOT using their product.
We're going to hit @MonsantoCo with something a little bit more serious than a DDoS this time around. Fuck 'em. #ExpectUs
Over the last 2 months we have pushed the exposure of hundreds of pages of articles detailing Monsanto's corrupt, unethical, and downright evil business practices. We've created a nice go-to reference guide on piratepad/anonpad(anonpad.org/opmonsanto, backed up elsewhere), where anyone can read up on and add their own info about MonsantoCo.We blasted their web infrastructure to shit for 2 days straight, crippling all 3 of their mail servers as well as taking down their main websites world-wide. We dropped dox on 2500+ employees and associates, including full names, addresses, phone numbers, and exactly where they work. We are also in the process of setting up a wiki, to try and get all collected information in a more centralized and stable environment. Not bad for 2 months, I'd say.What's next? Not sure... it might have something to do with that open 6666 IRC port on their nexus server though ;)Expect Us
quote: Otherwise Monsanto gets the heads up, and the shredders start to work overtime.
quote: while conveniently ignoring that it breaks down into DDE.
quote: I'm no environmentalist, but in the conservative western state where I live, DDT wreaked havoc on our birds of prey population.
quote: Sony certainly fits the 'evil' bill as well.
quote: A couple of snippets from the court ruling in Canada:
quote: The Center for Food Safety listed 112 lawsuits by Monsanto against farmers for claims of seed patent violations. The Center for Food Safety's analyst stated that many innocent farmers settle with Monsanto because they cannot afford a time consuming lawsuit. Monsanto is frequently described by farmers as "Gestapo" and "Mafia" both because of these lawsuits and because of the questionable means they use to collect evidence of patent infringement.
quote: Gary Rinehart of Eagleville, Missouri was sued by Monsanto in 2002, which claimed he had violated their Roundup Ready Soybean patent. Rinehart was not a farmer or seed dealer, but he still had to spend money for his legal defense. Monsanto eventually dropped the lawsuit, but never issued an apology, admitted to making a mistake, or was compelled to pay for Rinehart's legal expenses, The company has also been accused of showing up at farmers' houses, making accusations, and demanding records
quote: ....a military made up of people who won't question immoral orders.
quote: I don't have a problem fighting a real immediate danger.
quote: To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
quote: I don't respect a military made up of people who won't question immoral orders.
quote: The Nazis used the excuse that they were just following orders too.
quote: First, it clearly did not properly protect its gateway machine. Second, much like Bitcoin-mega exchange Mt. Gox, it used an unacceptably weak level of encryption, exposing its users to harm. Third, it failed to code its databases to avoid SQL injection attacks, which should be mandatory for any contractor working with classified materials.