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HBGary Federal CEO Resigns After Hack

PRIVACY

March 2, 2011

Three weeks after the "hacktivist" group Anonymous breached HBGary Federal's servers, the company's CEO has resigned. Aaron Barr said he's leaving in order to rebuild his reputation and hopes that with his departure, HBGary will be able to repair its own, reports eWeek. Anonymous publicized thousands of company e-mails--exposing some objectionable tactics--and deleted gigabytes of company research after Barr told the Financial Times he would expose some of the organization's leaders at an upcoming security conference. HBGary, which provides security services to the federal government, was found to have basic network vulnerabilities, such as unpatched servers and simple passwords used across multiple systems, allowing Anonymous to use "standard, widely known techniques to compromise a system, collect information and use the collected data to compromise additional systems," the report states.
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