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Excerpt: "Anonymous continued its ongoing attack on agricultural biotech giant Monsanto today by publishing an outdated database of the company's material. ... 'Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention,' wrote AntiSec. 'Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page.'"

Anonymous has hacked into Monsanto's database. (photo: KSDK News)
Anonymous has hacked into Monsanto's database. (photo: KSDK News)

Monsanto Hacked in Retaliation for Lawsuits Against Organic Farmers

By Dara Kerr, CNET News

05 March 12


Hackers affiliated with Anonymous go after the biotech giant, stating, "Your continued attack on the worlds food supply...has earned you our full attention."

nonymous continued its ongoing attack on agricultural biotech giant Monsanto today by publishing an outdated database of the company's material. This is the newest in a barrage of strikes from hackers aligned with Anonymous who operate under the "AntiSec" banner.

In a statement posted with the database on a Pastebin site, the hacktivist group wrote it was aware that exposing the database would not do much harm to Monsanto but warned it would continue to target the company for what it sees as wrong.

"Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention," wrote AntiSec. "Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page."

Anonymous' battle with Monsanto began last July when the hackers disrupted the company's Web site and then released data on about 2,500 individuals involved in the agriculture industry. According to Monsanto, 10 percent of this information was related to current and former Monsanto employees.

Monsanto was one of seven companies that supplied the U.S. military with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and for a while made bovine growth hormones. Now it focuses on making genetically engineered seeds and pesticides.

AntiSec says the reason for the attacks is to protest the company's lawsuits against organic dairy farmers for stating on labels that their products don't contain growth hormones.

"You have put over 9000 small-time farmers out of business by using your enormous legal team to bury them with your malicious patent lawsuits," AntiSec wrote in its statement today. "You have continually introduced harmful, even deadly products into our food supply without warning, without care, all for your own profit."

Besides going after Monsanto, AntiSec has also recently claimed responsibility for attacks on U.S. law enforcement agencies, Vanguard Defense Industries, and private prison companies. In these assaults, the hackers deface the companies' Web sites as well as release documents, e-mails, and other files. your social media marketing partner


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+88 # Tippitc 2012-03-05 10:52
I never thought I would support hackers, but if that is the only way to gain some transparency in big business/govern ment then hack away!! Monsanto, etc, etc, are criminals hiding behind a veil of secrecy and they need to be exposed for their crimes.
+57 # cokacoa2 2012-03-05 10:56
Bravo Anonymous!
+33 # giraffee2012 2012-03-05 11:25
Bill Gates contributed Millions to Monsanto - Monsanto is one of the biggest lobbyists and has infiltrated our government since many are now employees of our government. CALIFORNIA is now requiring labeling on all food so everybody knows when they are buying crap instead of food.

Never vote Republican but vote 2012. Maybe with more Dems in Congress & W.H. we can clean up -- OR KNOW WE NEED A new parties and get rid of both!
+26 # Helen Marshall 2012-03-05 11:59
I agree with Tippitc - Kudos to Anonymous and I hope they keep at it.
+42 # RMDC 2012-03-05 12:07
Anonymous and Wikileaks are just doing what governments should do -- expose corruption. But, alas, governments are filled with people who are part of the corruption.

I don't know anything about hacking but I'm amazed at what they can do. I can also hear really loud rumblings at the Pentagon, FBI, and CIA. They will take all of this as cyber-terrorism and they will go into action. They won't of course address the problem which is corporate crime. No, they'd prefer to declare war on the messengers.
+35 # Joe Bob 2012-03-05 12:09
How's that old saying go, All's Fair in Love and War ? Well this is war, Monsanto has declared a Profit war on people and they can expect some retaliation. Time for Monsanto to take a hike. Hack em, Danno.
+21 # reiverpacific 2012-03-05 15:19
Good, I hope that they hack the bastards to death -and their lawyers, as it is a death-apparatus anyway and has been the direct cause of suicides of many small farmers, especially in India, for "patenting" crops that have been grown for millennia due to the downwind effect of their GM spores.
May the spirit of trues Karma pursue their every minute!
+16 # Neferterri 2012-03-05 16:20
I love it. Keep on hacking. More and more people now know about Monsanto. His genetically poisoned seeds, toxic food, toxic chemicals, etc is the main reason behind the high cancer rates in this country. And the high obesity rates, etc. He needs to be stepped on a squashed before he poisons the entire world.
+15 # Willman 2012-03-05 18:37
Monsanto hacks the worlds seed supply. The seed stock grew fine for centuries. They just want to have pesticide and herbicide resistant plants so more poison can be used.
A lot of the worlds ills and the rise in incidences of illness prolly can be traced to the industrializati on of our agriculture.
+13 # Street Level 2012-03-05 22:19
Way to go Anonymous! Monsanto's GMO tainted stuff is everywhere. I thought I was using "due diligence" by looking for USDA Organic products until I realized that I can't even keep my pets safe. I switched away from clumping clay cat litter last year only to realize that the "natural" alternatives were all GMO as well.
Hack them to pieces Anonymous, and slam the revolving door to Washington behind them!
+5 # marilynrssll 2012-03-06 00:24
The Robin Hood Hackers
+4 # RnR 2012-03-06 07:36
Thank you so much heroes :)
+1 # guerilla green 2012-03-06 10:04
Good for you --- I wish I hadn't been born without the geek gene.
+4 # GF4A 2012-03-06 20:55
HA!!!! Serves you right, Monsanto!

For the century of harm you have done, for the untold number of deaths you have caused. Millions of people have been sickened and poisoned. Lakes, rivers and the oceans have suffered because of you.

You're a predator, plain and simple: a bully..., greedy. You want to own the entire food supply of this planet and you're conning rich people like Bill Gates to help you.

This is just the start of the people fighting back against you and your ilk.

You cannot continue to threaten us. We will not stand for it!

ANON -- you GO!! Melt 'em down, dudes!

But we, as the people of the US and the countries of this planet MUST take up our voices and fight back. We have to support those farmers, not only with our dollars but with our voices. Our combined chants can drown Monsanto out. We must do this with all corporations, too. PEOPLE ----- STAND UP! Take back your lives and your freedoms!

We are not free if we are chained to monsters like Monsanto!

Enough IS enough!
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-06 22:23
Start asking your food sources where they get their food. Ask Pet Food Companies. I have been getting a run around from Purina, I am demanding the Right To Know.
It is your Right also.

It may take time may not have time if you are fed Agent Orange.

Right Now Food and Water Org is putting Pressure on Walmart to not sell Tainted Corn. You can do the same to your Supermarkets If you do not ask, they will not tell you.

Remember you are responsible for what you feed your kids....Questio n them all. Buy from local farmers you know go to Local and ask them for names of good local farms. Support America...
Monsanto is pushing this on other countries under pretense of feeding the World...they are leaving out, killing their children!

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