Law firm that defended Marine still smarting from Anonymous attack

The website of a law firm that represented a US Marine accused of leading a massacre that killed 24 Iraqi civilians remained inaccessible on Monday, three days after hackers with Anonymous took credit for an attack that compromised the site and exposed almost 3GB of confidential e-mails.

The breach of Puckett & Faraj came to light on Friday when Russian news site reported it was defaced to protest the firm's successful defense of Marine Sgt. Frank Wuterich. He was recently convicted on reduced charges of dereliction of duty in what was once a manslaughter case involving the death of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to expose the corruption of the court systems and the brutality of US imperialism, we want to bring attention to USMC Sgt. Frank Wuterich who along with his squad murdered dozens of unarmed civilians during the Iraqi Occupation," a message left on the firm's vandalized homepage read. "Can you believe this scumbag had his charges reduced to involuntary manslaughter and got away with only a pay cut?"

Anonymous members claimed to have retrieved gigabytes worth of confidential e-mails sent by the firm's employees, and as proof, they posted messages online that purportedly came from employees responding to their discovery of the breach.

"This may completely destroy the Law Firm," an employee named Marcy Atwood wrote in an email.

It has been a busy few days for hackers affiliated with Anonymous. Recently, hundreds of law enforcement officers in Texas saw their names and addresses published. And websites for police in Salt Lake City and Boston have been defaced. A conference call between FBI agents and their counterparts in the UK was also leaked late last week.

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