Hackers say to publish emails stolen from Stratfor

Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:02pm EST

(Reuters) - Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group said they are getting ready to publish emails stolen from private intelligence analysis firm Strategic Forecasting Inc, whose clients include the U.S. military, Wall Street banks and other corporations.

Strategic Forecasting Inc, which is also known as Stratfor, disclosed over the weekend that its website had been hacked and that some information about its corporate subscribers had been made public.

The hacking group known as Antisec has claimed responsibility for the attack and promised to cause "mayhem" by releasing stolen documents.

Antisec has already published what it claims are the names of thousands of corporate and government customers, as well as email addresses, passwords and credit card numbers of individual subscribers to its services. Customers on the list published by Antisec include Bank of America, Exxon Mobil Corp, Goldman Sachs & Co, Interpol, Thomson Reuters, the U.S. military and the United Nations.

Stratfor said in a letter to subscribers over the weekend that it would offer identity theft protection and monitoring services to affected subscribers. Its website has been offline for several days.

Stratfor Chief Executive George Friedman said on the company's Facebook page that the people whose names were published by AntiSec had simply subscribed to the firm's publications and did not have a deeper relationship with the company.

Officials with Stratfor could not be reached on Tuesday to comment on AntiSec's latest threat.

Anonymous said that the emails the hackers intended to publish would be more sensitive.

"Stratfor is not the 'harmless company' it tries to paint itself as. You'll see in those emails," Anonymous said via Twitter.

The group said it would release those emails once it had finished formatting them for distribution and prepared more than 9,000 "mirrored" copies. Creating that many copies of the file would allow the hackers to distribute it more quickly and also make it more difficult for authorities to shut down servers holding the data.

A spokesman for the FBI declined comment on the matter.

U.S. federal agents arrested 14 people in July, charging them with involvement in attacks on PayPal's websites in a campaign organized by Anonymous.

Separately, a German expert on mobile phone security said that flaws in the widely used GSM wireless technology could allow hackers to gain remote control of phones and instruct them to send text messages or make calls.

(Reporting By Jim Finkle in Boston; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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Comments (4)
Wow! this sounds quite ominous, seems like an extreme form of wikileaks.

Dec 27, 2011 9:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tonyabduncan wrote:
I just wanted to note that anonymous is not an organization. Therefore, to say that anonymous organized something really doesn’t make sense. It would make more sense to say that people claiming to be anonymous organized the attack on Stratfor.

Dec 28, 2011 3:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
NukerDoggie wrote:
The arrogant asses at Stratfor, a company billing itself as expert in cyber-security defense, didn’t even have the personal information of its subscribers encrypted, according to multiple credible reports. As a former subscriber (I quit their service in 2003) and author of a large collection of published articles on geopolitics, energy security and warfare (under the name of W. Joseph Stroupe), I have long watched this company make fools of themselves in their analyses of world events. Now they’ve fully proven what arrogant fools they really are. I told you so.

Dec 28, 2011 2:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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