‘Anonymous’ releases more Stratfor data, vows attacks
WASHINGTON - Agence France-PresseOnline “hacktivist” group Anonymous has released a trove of email addresses and credit card numbers stolen from the website of intelligence analysis firm Stratfor and promised further attacks.
In a statement on Pastebin.com late Dec. 29, members of Anonymous calling themselves “AntiSec” posted links to what the group said were 75,000 names, addresses, credit card numbers and passwords for Stratfor customers. The group also posted links to what it said were 860,000 user names, email addresses and passwords for people who have registered on Stratfor’s website, which remained offline on Dec. 30 nearly a week after coming under attack.
Anonymous said 50,000 of the email addresses ended in .mil and .gov used by the US government. “We call upon all allied battleships, all armies from darkness, to use and abuse these password lists and credit card information to wreak unholy havok (sic) upon the systems and personal email accounts of these rich and powerful oppressors,” Anonymous said. Anonymous last week published what it said was Stratfor’s client list, which included members of the US armed services, law enforcement agencies, top security contractors and major technology firms. Anonymous also posted images claiming to show receipts from donations made by the hackers to various charities using stolen credit card data. Anonymous has been involved in scores of hacking exploits including retaliatory attacks last year on companies perceived to be enemies of the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Anonymous has said the latest attacks are in retaliation for the prosecution of Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents to WikiLeaks in one of the most serious intelligence breaches in U.S. history.