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Bee file, 2011. Greg Hoglund and his wife, Penny Leavy-Hoglund, say business at their HBGary security company has rebounded after the initial negative fallout from the widely publicized hacking episode in February. "In a weird sort of way, it has helped our business," Leavy-Hoglund said.
Fairfax, Va.-based ManTech International Corp. did not disclose specific financial terms but characterized the pending transaction as an asset purchase that it hopes to complete in March.
In February last year, the local maker of network-security software and its sister consulting company, HBGary Federal of Washington, D.C., were targeted in a cyber attack by the group Anonymous.
Hackers broke into the sister company's website and uncovered user names and passwords belonging to HBGary. Within hours, the hackers helped themselves to thousands of e-mails from both companies.
Among other things, the e-mails showed that HBGary Federal was developing a high-tech dirty-tricks campaign it planned to offer to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Sacramento company insisted that it didn't know about the plan, as did the U.S. Chamber.
Arrests in connection with the cyber attack were made in the United States and overseas.