Tear Gas Maker Hacked

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 02:02 PM gHale

The website of a U.S.-based tear gas maker is the latest attack victim of the Anonymous movement, the hackers claimed this week.

In a statement posted to the Internet, hackers accused tear gas maker, Combined Systems, of being war profiteers who sell “mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world.” This move came in response to the rioting in Egypt earlier this month.

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On Tuesday, Anonymous said it had targeted Combined Systems because it was supplying weaponry used to “to repress our revolutionary movements.”

The hackers also said they stole and published personal information belonging to clients and employees of the Jamestown, PA-based company.

While there was no official verification of the claims, the company’s website was down Tuesday. Messages left for half a dozen employees and technical support staff were not immediately returned.

The company says sells a variety of security wares, including aerosol grenades, sprays and handcuffs. Journalists and activists have reported finding the company’s tear gas canisters at Egypt’s Tahrir Square, where authorities have repeatedly cracked down on demonstrators with deadly force.

Last year Human rights group Amnesty International said Combined Systems delivered 46 tons of ammunition — including chemical irritants and tear gas — to the Egyptian government in three separate shipments.

Amnesty pleaded with the U.S. government to stop the shipments, which it said should stop “until there is certainty that tear gas and other munitions, weaponry or other equipment aren’t linked to bloodshed on Egyptian streets.”