Hackers Target Think Tank
December 26, 2011 by staff
Hackers Target Think Tank, Hackers on Sunday claimed to have stolen 200 GB of e-mails and credit card data from United States security think tank Stratfor, promising a weeklong Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.
Members of the loose hacking movement known as “Anonymous” posted a link on Twitter to what it said was Stratfor’s secret client list — including the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, Goldman Sachs and MF Global.
“Not so private and secret anymore?,” the group taunted in a message on the microblogging site.
Anonymous said it was able to get credit details, in part, because Stratfor didn’t bother encrypting them — an easy-to-avoid blunder which — if true — would be a major embarrassment for any security company.
Stratfor said in an email to members that it had suspended its servers and email after learning that its website had been hacked.
“We have reason to believe that the names of our corporate subscribers have been posted on other web sites,” said the email, passed on to The Associated Press. “We are diligently investigating the extent to which subscriber information may have been obtained.”
The email, signed by Stratfor Chief Executive George Friedman, said the company is “working closely with law enforcement to identify who is behind the breach.”
“Stratfor’s relationship with its members and, in particular, the confidentiality of their subscriber information, are very important to Stratfor and me,” Friedman wrote.
Stratfor’s website was down midday Sunday, with a banner saying “site is currently undergoing maintenance.”
Wishing everyone a “Merry LulzXMas” — a reference to spinoff and fellow troublemakers Lulz Security — Anonymous also posted a link on Twitter to a site containing the email, phone number and credit number of a U.S. Homeland Security employee.
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