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NY Daily News: Anonymous hackers declare war on corporate execs, military officials who target WikiLeaks

March 3, 2011- The cyberplatoon of hackers known as Anonymous has a new target.

Not 24 hours after the U.S. Army announced it had filed 22 counts against reputed WikiLeaks source Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, including one capital count of aiding the enemy, Anonymous issued a new threat Thursday.

"The decision to charge Bradley Manning with a capital offense in addition to other charges is a provocation, and Anonymous is set to respond accordingly," spokesman Barrett Brown wrote on DailyKos. He said the group will keep going after corporate execs involved in plots against Wikileaks.

And, he told The Daily News: "We are looking at information on various military officials."

Army prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty, but military regulations would allow the tribunal of judges to put Manning on Death Row if he's found guilty.

Three weeks ago, Anonymous aimed its Internet death ray at security firm HB Gary Federal, posting 78,000 confidential corporate emails on line and hacking into CEO Aaron Barr's Twitter account.

Barr's tweets revealed plans to undermine WikiLeaks by  intimidating journalists and planting misinformation on behalf of Bank of America, the San Francisco Business Times reported. On Tuesday, Barr resigned.

Anonymous briefly shut down the website of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative organization backed by billionaires David and Charles Koch.

The hackers have said they are looking for weaknesses in the corporate networks of Georgia Pacific and other companies controlled by the Kochs, USA Today reported.

Anonymous has also targeted Palantir company, which they claim planned to help HB Gary Federal with dirty tricks, saying on DailyKos, "Palantir must be destroyed."

Palantir has denied involvement, but fired a 26-year-old engineer in the wake of the scandal.



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