I am the mother of your children. Whither can I fly, since all Greece hates the barbarian? - Euripides, Microsoft Medea Center
HACKERS WORKING under the Anonymous-backed Antisec banner have leaked a slug of data from Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI).
The firm, which is an affiliate of the sort of organisations you see written in a conspiracy theorist's diary, sells the unmanned Shadowhawk spyplane, for want of a better word, to law enforcement firms and organisations. It also does a lot of email correspondence if the leak is anything to go by.
"The emails belong to Senior Vice President of VDI Richard T. Garcia, who has previously worked as Assistant Director to the Los Angeles FBI office as well as the Global Security Manager for Shell Oil Corporation," reads the introduction to the leak on Pastebin.
"This leak contains internal meeting notes and contracts, schematics, non-disclosure agreements, personal information about other VDI employees, and several dozen 'counter-terrorism' documents classified as 'law enforcement sensitive' and 'for official use only'."
This is not the first time that Garcia has gained the hackers' attention, and they enjoy the fact that he is on the board at their earlier target Infragard.
"It is our pleasure to make a mockery of InfraGard for the third time, once again dumping their internal meeting notes, membership rosters, and other private business matters," they wrote, while a tweet from the AnonymousIRC account also celebrated the booty.
Anonymous has sifted through the contents, of course, to pick out the juiciest bits, which include plans for drone helicopters and the use of Shadowhawks by law enforcement, military, and private corporations which see them being deployed in the US, the Horn of Africa, Panama, Columbia, and US-Mexico border patrol operations.
"We are doing this not only to cause embarrassment and disruption to Vanguard Defense Industries, but to send a strong message to the hacker community," wrote the hackers.
"White hat sellouts, law enforcement collaborators, and military contractors beware: we're coming for your mail spools, bash history files, and confidential documents. Can't stop, won't stop." µ
Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ