Anonymous attacks US security think-tank

Hacker group says it used credit card details from Stratfor to make $1 million in charity donations

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Anonymous attacks US security think-tank Anonymous says that it has attacked US security think-tank Stratfor and stolen credit card details, emails and passwords.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 26, 2011

Hacker group Anonymous has said that it broke into US-based security think-tank Stratfor last week and stole thousands of passwords, credit card details and emails, according to the BBC.

The hacker group said that they were able to use Stratfor client's credit card details to make donations worth over $1 million to different charities.

Stratfor has now suspended its email and servers and told the BBC they may remain offline for some time.

The activist hacker group said they were able to steal the information because it was not encrypted. Some of Stratfor's clients include the US defence department, law enforcement agencies and media organisations.

Stratfor also told the BBC that the disclosure was "merely a list of some of the members that have purchased our publications and does not comprise a list of individuals or entities that have a relationship with Stratfor".

Anonymous' previous cyber-attacks include ones on the Turkish government and PayPal.

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