Colbert Report features Ars Anonymous/HBGary coverage

By Eric Bangeman

<em>Colbert Report</em> features Ars Anonymous/HBGary coverage

Last night, comedian Stephen Colbert featured the HBGary Federal/Anonymous hacking debacle in a long segment on his show, The Colbert Report—and Ars was proud to be featured twice in the segment. Does this make us an official "friend of the show"?

Colbert twice showed clips from our investigative piece Spy games: Inside the convoluted plot to bring down WikiLeaks as he described the behavior of HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr. (The show used a copy of the piece that ran on our sister publication,, for the image.) Barr’s decision to unmask the leaders of Anonymous was described in a particularly… evocative metaphor.

"To put this in hacker terms," Colbert said, "Anonymous is a hornet’s nest, and Barr said, ‘I’m going to stick my penis in that thing.’"

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