Word has come from on high (Forbes Magazine) that Aaron Barr has fallen on his sword.
That it took him three weeks to realize this was his only option, gives you a good idea of how bright he isn’t. The man is an excellent example of a possible Darwin Award winner contender.
He was actually silly enough to allow himself to be interviewed about his resignation:
“I need to focus on taking care of my family and rebuilding my reputation,” Barr said in a phone interview. “It’s been a challenge to do that and run a company. And, given that I’ve been the focus of much of bad press, I hope that, by leaving, HBGary and HBGary Federal can get away from some of that. I’m confident they’ll be able to weather this storm.”
Based on his earlier actions, I’d be surprised if he could walk and chew gum at the same time, so yes, I could see where he’d have problems running a company. But notice his comment that he’s confident that HBGary and HBGary Federal will ‘weather the storm.’ Anything that he’s confident of, I’d bet against.
I dropped in on a couple of the IRC channels to see what people thought. There were a few comments:
- Someone should hire him for marketing, after all he raised HBGary’s profile by about 600,000,000% in virtually no time. Several people agreed that Aaron’s ability to make a company famous might be marketable. Hire him, and plant him as a spy for one of your competitors…
- Since most reality TV show star are losers, an Aaron Barr reality TV show would have it’s attractions. Someone suggested getting him a guest appearance on The Apprentice – guess what everyone thought Donald Trump would say to Aaron?
- I made the suggestion that we need a good Aaron Barr song. Never anger a Bard, for your name is silly and it rhymes with Greensleeves.
- Another suggestion was that since Aaron’s marriage is falling apart, that we should introduce him to Shirley Phelps at the Westboro Baptist Church. An argument ensued about who it would be cruelest too, Shirley or Aaron.
Now all of this may sound terribly cruel and callous. But then you look at what was in the emails that Anonymous released. Emails that Penny, Aaron’s boss claimed were edited, though exactly how anyone could edit up 4 gigs or so of emails within a couple of hours she can’t explain. Emails in which Aaron and other HBGary Federal staffers talked about things which sure as hell don’t sound legal. Even if the CIA or FBI hires you to do them. Things like trying to ruin the reputations of people.
Remember – Anonymous didn’t ruin Aaron’s reputation. Aaron ruined Aaron’s reputation. Anonymous didn’t plan to attack reporters because of their beliefs, Aaron planned to attack reporters because of their beliefs. Anonymous didn’t plan to plant false evidence, Aaron planned to plant false evidence.
So no, I’m not going to cut Aaron any slack here. He messed up. He gets to pay the price. His reputation is ruined, he’s out of a job, and it’s all because of what he did.
And once again, the horrible, horrible hackers, are shown to have better morals than the responsible business people. Scary, isn’t it?
Oh, and if you haven’t voted in Aaron Barr poll, click here and do so.
Monday February 28, 2011