The Anonymous hacking network continued its campaign against the agricultural biotech giant Monsanto by leaking to the Web a database of confidential company information.
Under its AntiSec banner, the hacktivists chastised Monsanto for "crimes against humanity," namely its "continued attack on the worlds [sic] food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it," the group wrote in a Pastebin post accompanying the data dump.
"You have continually introduced harmful, even deadly products into our food supply without warning, without care, all for your own profit," the hackers wrote in the Operation Monsanto announcement, which hit the Web yesterday (March 1).
The hacktivists also called out Monsanto for putting "over 9,000 small-time farmers out of business by using your enormous legal team to bury them with your malicious patent lawsuits."
An international agricultural biotech company, Monsanto is the world's leading producer of genetically engineered seed, and has been a focal point of protests for years. Numerous countries have criticized Monsanto for forcing farmers out of business, dumping toxic waste and encouraging residents to use soil contaminated with PCB pollutants. The 2008 documentary "Food, Inc." highlighted what the filmmakers perceived as Monsanto's immoral agricultural and business practices.
The Monsanto database AntiSec leaked is outdated, the hackers admitted, and will likely have little impact on the company. But it's a warning, AntiSec said, of future attacks Monsanto should expect.
"Rest assured, we will continue to dox your employees and executives, continue to knock down your websites, continue to fry your mail servers, continue to be in your systems, and continue to expose your bull***t."
Cnet's Dara Kerr reported that Anonymous' battle dates back to last July, when the hackers hit Monsanto's website and leaked the personal data of about 2,500 individuals involved in the agriculture industry, many of them current and former Monsanto employees.