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Forbes: Congress Opens Investigation Into HBGary Scandal


By FZ - Posted on 18 March 2011

March 17, 2011- ==UPDATE===: Following a query by Twitter user @Shoq, here are the 16 other Congressmen/women who signed Rep. Hank Johnson’s letter seeking an investigation into HBGary and others, via Salon: Keith Ellison, Luis Gutierrez, Jesse Jackson Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee, Chris Murphy, Edolphus Towns, Betty Sutton, Peter Welch, Raul Grijalva, Bruce Braley, Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, Jim McDermott, Tim Ryan, Pete Stark and Maxine Waters


The U.S. Congress is stepping into the continuing HBGary scandal after global hacktivist group Anonymous exposed proposals by the government-contracted software security firm to damage WikiLeaks and other organizations.

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on Wednesday asked the Defence Department and National Security Agency (NSA) to hand over all contracts they had signed with HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies, Wired reports.

It comes after about a dozen members of Congress sent a letter to several subcommittees calling for an investigation into HBGary’s proposals, in league with other companies, to law firm Hunton & Williams to probe and discredit WikiLeaks with a “dirty tricks campaign that included possible illegal actions against citizens engaged in free speech.”

Last month a small team of Anonymous supporters hacked into HBGary’s servers, then stole and published 71,800 emails from the security firm on the Internet. In the fallout, the e-mails revealed that HBGary, had proposed together with Palantir and Berico, cyber attacks against WikiLeaks, a misinformation campaign against the group and intimidation tactics against Salon reporter Glenn Greenwald who has supported WikiLeaks.

The letter said that the HBGary emails also revealed that the security contractors along with Hunton & Williams had also “planned a campaign to sabotage and discredit critics of the U.S. Chamber of COmmerce,”  as well as the trade union federation Change to Win, the Center for American Progress and other organizations.

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