The contractor the NSA pays to help hack your cell phone has an interesting history woven within the larger story of the explosive growth of cyberwarfare companies in the Post 9/11 era. The massive growth of the cyberweapons industry has been driven by governments, principally the United States, who in the name of defense have instigated an arms race for offensive weapons.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 2, 2013 3:20 pm|
|By: emptywheel Thursday February 17, 2011 7:55 am|
I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of these posts, showing how Hunton & Williams asked “Themis” (the three firm team of HBGary, Palantir, and Berico Technologies) to apply counterterrorism approaches to combat First Amendment activities.
This particular installment comes from an early presentation and accompanying proposal Themis prepared for Hunton & Williams. These documents were attached to an email dated November 2, 2010 sent out by Berico Technologies’ Deputy Director. He explains that the presentation and proposal would be briefed to H&W the following day.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday February 14, 2011 10:35 am|
Today, we’re releasing an interactive organizational chart that you can find here. A still shot of the chart is above; it shows how communication flowed from the Justice Department to the key players in the program we’re calling Operation Ratf&$k. According to an email from Matthew Steckman of Palantir to Berico and HP Gary, BofA’s General Council (Edward O’Keefe) had been called by the Justice Department and told to hire the law firm of Hunton & Williams to act as a firewall between BofA and the dirty dealing of the contractors. This conveniently allowed BofA to be shielded from all of the Operation Ratf%$k activities of the three firms through attorney-client privilege.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday February 9, 2011 4:15 pm|
Wikileaks has posted the presentation three security companies–Palantir, HBGary Federal, and Berico Technologies–made to Bank of America, proposing to help it respond to Wikileaks.
in addition to proposing to conduct cyber attacks on Wikileaks’ European-based infrastructure (complete with a picture of WL’s bomb shelter-housed servers), the proposal appears to recommend that these companies be paid to troll social media, like Twitter, to not only “identify risky behavior of employees” but also, presumably, “push the radical and reckless nature of wikileaks activities.” You know–the kind of trolling we often see targeted at Glenn (and in recent days targeted against David House, who was also listed in this presentation).