HBGary Pulls Out Of RSA Conference After Anonymous Attack

HBGary, the computer security firm whose systems were hacked by Anonymous, has gone underground after cancelling all public appearances and meetings.

Anonymous had hacked into HBGary's systems and stolen sensitive company files, the hacktivist group then posted some of the content online.

The documents released by Anonymous indicated that the company had offered to launch a smear campaign against Wikileaks supporters. Anonymous had hacked HBGary's systems after its CEO claimed to know the identities of top ranking Anonymous members.

In a statement posted on its website, HBGary informed that in the aftermath of the Anonymous attacks, the company's employees had been threatened with violence including threats at the tradeshow booth at the RSA security conference.

“In an effort to protect our employees, customers and the RSA Conference community, HBGary has decided to remove our booth and cancel all talks. HBGary is continuing to work intensely with law enforcement on this matter and hopes to bring those responsible to justice,” the company said in a statement.

As the saga continues it would seem the targetted security firm does have some sympathy, Graham Cluley of rival security firm Sophos said, "The damage to HBGary's reputation from this incident is, quite frankly, enormous."

"No company deserves to be on the sharp end of a hacking attack like the one which hit HBGary, but it's particularly damaging when the victim is a specialist in the field of computer security," he added.