December 25th, 2011
09:23 PM ET

Hackers target global think tank

Hackers targeted Stratfor, a global intelligence company, but it was unclear Sunday evening whether the breach and apparent release of credit card information was the work of the group Anonymous.

In a posting on the website Pastebin, hackers said they released Stratfor subscriber data, including information on 4,000 credit cards as well as the company's "private client" list. The posting cited AntiSec, a web-based collaboration with the activist hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec.

U.S.-based Stratfor, which provides independent analysis of international affairs and security threats, sent an e-mail to subscribers on Sunday: "On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members. We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed."

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  1. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    why can't the hackers target area 51?
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    and get the real info on the aliens...
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    December 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bigwilliestyles

    FREE BRADLEY MANNING! Do not allow the continued imprisonment of an intellectual freedom fighter. This man is no more a criminal than was Daniel Ellsberg. He merely allowed the free observation of the hypocrisy of governments and their "diplomatic" services. If governments have a problem with being exposed as liars and hypocrites, then stop lying and being hypocrites! "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where."

    December 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    i think that the aliens are amoung us and are running things..
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    December 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Merry Christmas, bigwilliestyles.

    Ruffie, as ever, darlin'.

    December 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    @ Banasy: while I have no use for holidays, I heartily return to you the sentiment: happy days to you always.

    December 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    x-mas is always near the winter soltice...
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    prime time for a alien to visit

    December 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @bigwilliestyles:
    I enjoy Christmas; I get presents.
    I give a few, too.
    Happy days (and nights) to you, my friend.

    December 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Ruffie, darlin', do you have a big poster in your room that says "I Believe"?

    December 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tully

    I guess the "Think Tank" should have invested more thought into Cyber-Security. Think Tank- Schmink Tank. Oh, the irony of it all.......

    December 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Bruce Campbell!
    Love him!

    December 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    screw the aliens! why can't hackers wipe out debt???

    December 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |

  12. Oh, for God's sake! Jazzzzzzz does not have Alzheimer's! What kind of freak of nature posts that kind of stuff about other bloggers?
    You are in desperate need of a mental evaluation, sparky!
    Grow the hell up!

    December 26, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |

  13. And leave bws alone. He's never done a gd thing to you, just stfu.

    December 26, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pidgeon

    major medical! major medical boyyyy!

    December 26, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. ah hm

    Probably Chinese hackers pretending to be Lulzsec or something.
    Anonymous has no need for credit card numbers.
    Most of them are rich kids with puh-lenty of monay...

    December 26, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
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