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Anonymous Hackers Release FBI Contractor's Drone Data

by Alastair Stevenson

The hacker collective Anonymous has released a fresh batch of data taken from Vanguard Defense Industries, a Pentagon and FBI contractor.

The seven-foot ShadowHawk drones, which are used by military, law enforcement and private companies across the world and are loaded with grenade launchers and shotguns. The data release was revealed via a post on tor2web.org and later publicized on the group's AnonymousIRC Twitter account. In it the group claimed to have released "1GB of private emails and documents belonging to Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI)."

Anonymous later said the e-mails belong to the contractor's senior vice president, Richard T. Garcia, and contained information regarding "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.'"

A key bit of information highlighted in its release pertained to Vanguard Defense Industries' ShadowHawk drones, which are used by military, law enforcement and private companies across the world and are loaded with grenade launchers and shotguns.

Despite highlighting the ShadowHawk unmanned aerial vehicle, the group offered no clear reason for the attack on Vanguard Defense Industries besides its association with military and law enforcement agencies.

"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. White hat sellouts, law enforcement collaborators, and military contractors beware: we're coming for your mail spools, bash history files, and confidential documents," read Anonymous' statement on the matter.

The attack on Vanguard Defense Industries is the latest in a slew of attacks on military and law enforcement agencies. Credited as a part of its "F**k FBI Friday" campaign, previous victims of Anonymous' wrath have included big name companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Monsanto.

The motivation for the attacks was similarly cited as being the two companies' past and present associations with military and law enforcement agencies.

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