Wired‘s Threat Level blog has a very good article on how not to run a professional information security services firm. HBGary Federal, that was recently hacked by the loosely attached group of hacktivists called Anonymous (press release here), has, it seems, fallen ill to some unknown spy movie virus when trying to unmask the group and related site WikiLeaks. Based on the data from the leaked e-mails from the firm, we can see how they plot to make major dough by performing cloak-and-dagger operations that I would say (note: IANAL) constitutes several federal crimes.
Some of the methods that HBGary Federal was to suggest to use against WikiLeaks are, well, frankly quite disturbing. Social mining leading to something that looks like extorsion and hacking the WikiLeaks servers in Sweden is just some of the suggestions. Wow.