Hackers Breach the Web Site of Stratfor Global Intelligence
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 27/12/2011 18:41
While the rest of the world engaged in merriment and good cheer, hackers used the holidays to attack a United States research group that puts out a daily newsletter on security issues.
On Saturday, hackers who say they are members of the collective known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for crashing the Web site of the group, Stratfor Global Intelligence Service, and pilfering its client list, e-mails and credit card information in an operation they say is intended to steal $1 million for donations to charity. The hackers posted a list online that they say contains Stratfor's confidential client list as well as credit card details, passwords and home addresses for some 4,000 Stratfor clients. The hackers also said they had details for more than 90,000 credit card accounts. Among the organizations listed as Stratfor clients: Bank of America, the Defense Department, Doctors Without Borders, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the United Nations.
'Anonymous' hackers hit US security firm Stratfor
The activist hacker group Anonymous says it has stolen thousands of emails, passwords and credit card details from a US-based security think-tank.
The hackers claim they were able to obtain the information because the company, Stratfor, did not encrypt it.
They say Stratfor's clients include the US defence department, law enforcement agencies and media organisations.
Anonymous targets US security thinktank Stratfor
The loose-knit hacking movement Anonymous claims to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of US-based security thinktank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals' accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorised transactions linked to their credit cards.
Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor's confidential client list - which includes entities including Apple, the US air force and the Miami police department - and mining it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.
'Anonymous' hack victims face repeat attacks
Victims of a hack attack on a US-based security think-tank have been warned against speaking out for fears they could be targeted again.
Stratfor's website has been down since it was apparently hit by the hacker group Anonymous on Christmas Eve.
The company's chairman used Facebook to apologise to customers but warned against posting messages of support.