How HBGary wrote backdoors for the US government

Black ops: how HBGary wrote backdoors for the government
By Nate Anderson | Last updated 2 days ago

On November 16, 2009, Greg Hoglund, a cofounder of computer security firm HBGary, sent an e-mail to
two colleagues. The message came with an attachment, a Microsoft Word file called AL_QAEDA.doc,
which had been further compressed and password protected for safety. Its contents were dangerous.

“I got this word doc linked off a dangler site for Al Qaeda peeps,” wrote Hoglund. “I think it has a US govvy payload buried inside. Would be neat to [analyze] it and see what it’s about. DONT open it unless in a [virtual machine] obviouslyÅ DONT let it FONE HOME unless you want black suits landing on your front acre. :-)”

The attached document, which is in English, begins: “LESSON SIXTEEN: ASSASSINATIONS USING POISONS AND COLD STEEL (UK/BM-154 TRANSLATION).”


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