“Embattled HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr quit his job yesterday
as the prospect of a Congressional investigation loomed. A dozen
Democrats in Congress asked various Republican committee chairs to
launch probes of HBGary Federal’s idea for a “reconnaissance cell”
targeting pro-union organizers.
“HBGary Federal was hacked last month by Anonymous after Aaron
Barr believed he had unmasked much of the group’s
leadership—and Barr’s entire cache of corporate e-mails was
made public. Those messages revealed that Barr had joined up with
two other security firms, Palantir and Berico, to pitch the
powerhouse DC law firm of Hunton & Williams on an idea to go
after union-backed websites who opposed the US Chamber of Commerce.
The scheme, if adopted, would have cost the Chamber up to $2
million a month.”