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ThreatPost: HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down

February 28, 2011- Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after an embarassing data breach.

The announcement comes three weeks after Barr became the target of a coordinated attack by members of the online mischief making group Anonymous, which hacked into HBGary Federal's computer network and published tens of thousands of company e-mail messages on the Internet. HBGary did not respond to telephone and e-mail requests for comments on Barr's resignation.

In an interview with Threatpost, Barr said that he is stepping down to allow himself and the company he ran to move on in the wake of the high profile hack.

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Get News by Email!“I need to focus on taking care of my family and rebuilding my reputation," Barr said in a phone interview. "It’s been a challenge to do that and run a company. And, given that I’ve been the focus of much of bad press, I hope that, by leaving, HBGary and HBGary Federal can get away from some of that. I’m confident they’ll be able to weather this storm.”

The group conducted a preemptive strike on HBGary after Barr was quoted in a published article saying that he had identified the leadership of the group and planned to disclose their identities at the B-Sides Security Conference in San Francisco.

By combining a SQL injection attack on HBGary's Web site with sophisticated social engineering attacks, the group gained access to the company's Web- and e-mail servers as well as the Web site, a site also launched by HBGary founder Greg Hoaglund. Ultimately, the group defaced HBGary's Web site and disgorged the full contents of e-mail accounts belonging to Barr, Hoglund and other company executives.



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