WashPost, Forbes are covering the Chamber’s “dirty tricks”! (2 items)

Hacked e-mails reveal plans for dirty-tricks campaign against U.S. Chamber foes
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 15, 2011; 12:36 AM

A feud between a security contracting firm and a group of guerrilla computer hackers has spilled over onto K Street, as stolen e-mails reveal plans for a dirty-tricks-style campaign against critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The tale began this month when a global hackers collective known as Anonymous broke into the computers of HBGary Federal, a California security firm, and dumped tens of thousands of internal company e-mails onto the Internet.

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HBGary Execs Run For Cover As Hacking Scandal Escalates
by Andy Greenberg

Rarely in the history of the cybersecurity industry has a company become so toxic so quickly as HBGary Federal. Over the last week, many of the firm’s closest partners and largest clients have cut ties with the Sacramento startup. And now it’s cancelled all public appearances by its executives at the industry’s biggest conference in the hopes of ducking a scandal that seems to grow daily as more of its questionable practices come to light.

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