Well. It seems that Anonymous got annoyed with a self styled “security expert” and so hacked into his company (HBGary) website and personal twitter account, and left him the following message:
HBGary leaked emails
You think you’ve gathered full names and home addresses of the “higher-ups” of Anonymous? You haven’t. You think Anonymous has a founder and various co-founders? False. You believe that you can sell the information you’ve found to the FBI? False. Now, why is this one false? We’ve seen your internal documents, all of them, and do you know what we did? We laughed. Most of the information you’ve “extracted” is publicly available via our IRC networks. The personal details of Anonymous “members” you think you’ve acquired are, quite simply, nonsense.
So why can’t you sell this information to the FBI like you intended? Because we’re going to give it to them for free. Your gloriously fallacious work can be a wonder for all to scour, as will all of your private emails (more than 44,000 beauties for the public to enjoy).
[…] It would appear that security experts are not expertly secured.
So, in those emails, we see that Barr planned to sell the names — from an inaccurate list — to the FBI, who would in turn presumably arrest them. Wow.
OK, sure. Defacing his twitter profile with “N****R” stamped across Barr’s picture (yes, really) and reworking his profile to say he’s a raging homogay was juvenile and even offensive.
But — selling names of people to the FBI? SELLING NAMES TO THE FBI? Never mind that was also an inaccurate list, but SELLING them? Shame on him, shame on the FBI, shame on everyone involved in that.
And by publicizing the contents of Barr’s email, Anonymous made their point completely and utterly. Transparency and communication, indeed.