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30 Seconds Ends 30 Years of Mubarak

In Egypt, World Revolution on February 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Omar Suleiman, the Vice-President, announced in a televised address that Hosni Mubarak was “waiving” his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, led by Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

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Syria Unblocks Social Media Sites

In News, Syria, World Revolution on February 11, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Syria has reportedly unblocked Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Syria’s state-owned fixed line operator ISP, the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE), requested its licensed distributors to permit access. Syrian censorship of the Internet has been seen as among the worst in the world, and it has targeted social media sites in particular. The relaxing of access appears to be a part of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s commitment to progress and communication with the Syrian people.

Google Traffic Report Showing Spike In Traffic On YouTube From Syria

As reviewed earlier on WL Central, that commitment has been primarily verbal in a country that has a long way to go to meet standards requested by such authorities as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Syria escaped a scheduled protest on February 5 through a combination of suppression, threats and bribes to the Syrian people, and it was hoped at that point that the promised reforms would be substantial enough to reward the Syrian people’s restraint. In a country with a reported 10,000 political prisoners, where bloggers are routinely jailed, tortured, and ‘disappear’, more substantial reforms are required.

Anonymous Leaks HBGary Files, WikiLeaks Targeted

In Anonymous, Other Leaks, Palantir, WikiLeaks on February 11, 2011 at 5:34 AM

Aaron Barr, the COO of HBGary Federal, told the Financial Times this weekend that he used clues found online to discover the identities of key Anonymous members. Anonymous reacted to the story and Barr’s claims with a massive attack aimed at the security firm, leveraging local root exploits, shared passwords, and social engineering.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Barr said that by using services such as LinkedIn,, Facebook, as well as IRC itself, he was able to connect the dots and identify several high-level Anonymous members, including “Owen” and “Q”, two people mentioned by their IRC names in the actual news report.

The Tech Herald has seen Barr’s research. [PDF] While there is plenty of information, several operation names and dates are out of order, and many of the names associated with membership are incorrect. When it comes to the ten “most senior people”, they are actually network administrators.

They work to keep the IRC servers online. Their proper titles include Services Root Administrator, Network Administrator, and Operator. AnonOps is an IRC network, Anonymous is something entirely different. Those who manage the IRC servers might be part of Anonymous, but they are not co-founders or leaders. They are highly active people, but that is what is needed to maintain an IRC network such as theirs.

After the Financial Times story broke, including Barr’s claims of infiltration, Anonymous responded. The response was brutal, resulting in full control over and They were also able to compromise HBGary’s network, including full access to all their financials, software products, PBX systems, Malware data, and email, which they released to the public in a 4.71 GB Torrent file.

In all, they copied data, wiped the backup servers, and released the Torrent with the company email. This email release is the third time Anonymous has exposed internal communications. Previously, they exposed company emails taken from ACSLaw and Acapor.

After a tip from, The Tech Herald has learned that HBGary Federal, as well as two other data intelligence firms, worked to develop a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks. The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other potential proactive tactics.

The tip from CrowdLeaks is directly related to the highly public attack on HBGary, after Anonymous responded to research performed by HBGary Federal COO, Aaron Barr. Part of Anonymous’ response included releasing more than 50,000 internal emails to the public.

What was pointed out by CrowdLeaks is a proposal titled “The WikiLeaks Threat” and an email chain between three data intelligence firms. The proposal was quickly developed by Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal, and Berico Technologies, after a request from Hunton and Williams, a law firm that currently counts Bank of America as a client.

Later in the day, WikiLeaks posted an updated PDF file of “The WikiLeaks Threat on their website,” which the three data intelligence firms put together to help guide a planned attack on WikiLeaks.

It was already reported that they were going to try to use disinformation, create messages around actions of sabotage, work to discredit opposing organizations, post fake documents and call out the errors, and work to feed a fuel between groups feuding around WikiLeaks operations. What wasn’t initially reported on is all the people these firms wanted to ensnare in their scheme to take down WikiLeaks.

One slide shows that these were the people they aimed to involve: James Ball, Theodore Reppe, Jennifer Robinson, Julian Assange, John Shipton, Kristinn Hrafnsson, Jacob Appelbaum, David House, Daniel Mathews, Glenn Greenwald, Jennifer 8. Lee, Daniel Schmitt, Herbert Snorrason, Birgitta Jonsdottir.

Related Leak: U.S. Intelligence Planned to Destroy WikiLeaks

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Two Firms That Plotted Against WikiLeaks Apologize

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