NEW YORK – Victims of a data breach at the security analysis firm Stratfor apparently are being targeted a second time after speaking out about the hacking. Stratfor said on its Facebook page that some individuals who offered public support for the company after it revealed it was hacked “may be being targeted for doing so.”

The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday through Twitter that it had stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to the company’s clients. Anonymous members posted links to some of the information Sunday and more on Monday. A message posted online Monday by a group asserting it spoke for Anonymous mocked victims who spoke to The Associated Press about the experience of learning that their credit card information was stolen and used to make unauthorized charitable donations. The message also ridiculed someone who criticized the hacking on Facebook, saying “we went ahead and ran up your card a bit.”

The posted data identifies thousands of major financial, defense and technology firms, media companies, government agencies and multiple units of the United Nations as Stratfor clients. The hackers said this was evidence that they had breached Straftor’s “private clients,” a claim the company denied. Anonymous has said the data was not encrypted. If true, that would be a major embarrassment for a security-related company. Earlier, New Zealand technology commentator Colin Jackson said the hacking must be “really, really embarrassing for Stratfor.”

“The government departments and (New Zealand) companies … are going to have to go around and get those credit cards stopped, and decide whether to continue dealing with this outfit Stratfor,” he said.

Stratfor “has made a press statement saying ‘oh, this kind of thing happens to everybody and it’s pretty hard to keep these guys out.’ Yeah, right, well, you are supposed to be security experts,” Jackson told Radio New Zealand.

Using a credit card is getting riskier every day, Use cash and you just might be a terrorist or a drug dealer. Man, you just can’t win these days.

  1. Chris Mac says:

    they are already being screwed by a donkey and an elephant..
    why not level the playing field

  2. What? says:

    Software is designed my morans, and operated by idiots, by and large. Not saying there aren’t brilliant people in both groups, just the vast majority are not brilliant.

    Every field has this problem it seems.

    That is what should keep you up at night.

  3. msbpodcast says:

    The security experts must be using COBOL skip logic to control their hazard dashboards.

    What a fucking joke…

    They didn’t even encrypt their customer data bases or keep separate encrypted financial databases or separate transaction logs.

    Who were these fucking amateurs expecting to stop?

    Minnie Mouse?

    • deowll says:

      Ditto. They were playing in the big league and getting paid big bucks because they claimed they could stop people like anonymous and they weren’t taking basic precautions.

  4. msbpodcast says:

    I just thought up the answer to anonymous‘s question.

    They don’t know about FileLocker or PGP or, uh, you know, security…

  5. Animby says:

    You’d think some one smart enough to hack a computer could spell “why you.” Just sayin’…

  6. Somebody says:

    At the risk of being crushed like a tiny little bug, May I ask why Anonymous never delivered the promised smack-down on Facebook that was due in November?

  7. orchidcup says:

    I was reading about this in the paper today.

    There must be more to this story than what meets the eye.

  8. Wrigsted the Dane says:

    I just love those kids, allways good for some lulz. Good little /b/ tards!

  9. Rick says:

    This is a major problem with e-retailers. Any idiot can set up a website that handles credit cards, but that is the problem…any idiot can do it and be idiotic with lack of security.


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