The hubris of Aaron Barr and HBGary
In an early 2011 article entitled, "Cyberactivists warned of arrest," Joseph Menn quoted HBGary researcher Aaron Barr as saying that, "he had collected information on the core leaders, including many of their real names, and that they could be arrested if law enforcement had the same data." Naturally, the hacktivists retaliated, breaking into HBGary's networks and posting archived executive emails on file-trading networks.
Nick Selby, police officer and CEO-Co-Founder of StreetCred Software, Inc., said this in a CSOonline guest column:
"I don't know much about law enforcement, but I do think that, if you're planning, say, to serve a felony warrant, it's a bad idea to phone ahead and let the guy know you'll be by in 15 minutes."