HBGary - a security company hacked by Anonymous activists - has unceremoniously bowed out of the annual RSA conference in San Francisco.
As TG Daily previously reported, the insecurity outfit was recently targeted yet again by Anonymous after allegedly planning to launch a "smear" campaign against WikiLeaks supporters.
"A group of ... hackers known as 'Anonymous' illegally broke into computer systems and stole proprietary and confidential information," the red-faced HBGary claimed in an official statement.
"In addition to the data theft, HBGary individuals have received numerous threats of violence including threats at our tradeshow booth. In an effort to protect our employees, customers and the RSA Conference community, HBGary has decided to remove our booth and cancel all talks."
Meanwhile, Anonymous released its own statement explaining why HBGary remained in its crosshairs.
"It was our belief that you'd been taught a valuable lesson since our last message to you, but it appears that this is not the case. After we humiliated you thoroughly by making your private documents public, defacing your website, taking over various online accounts of your executives, socially engineering your 'trusted' server admins, unveiling embarrassing personal mishaps of Aaron Barr and essentially ruining any future plans your company might have, we had assumed that you'd at least, for once, use your combined brain cells to realize what you should and shouldn't do.
"Your leaked communications reveal that your companies were entangled in highly dubious and most likely illegal activities, including a smear campaign against WikiLeaks, its supportive journalists, and adversaries of the US Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America. Evidence even suggests that this was done with full knowledge of the US Department of Justice."