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Anonymous Plunders Security Firm on Christmas

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Posted on Dec 26, 2011
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Christmas Day was apparently the perfect day for a little holiday hactivism by the team of international cyber-teurs known collectively as Anonymous, as they rolled out the latest phase of their Operation Anti-Security initiative by cheerfully hacking their way into a security firm in Texas to avail themselves of clients’ personal and financial information. 

Check out the video Anonymous released to mark the occasion under the excerpt below.  —KA

ABC News:

Up to a total of $1 million was reportedly stolen from Stratfor, in Austin, Texas, a leading provider of military, economic and political analysis for clients that include Apple and the U.S. Air Force.

“#AntiSec plundered 200gb of their mails and more booty,” read a tweet by @AnonymousIRC on Saturday.

Anonymous, an online community with no hierarchical organization, has been working with the hacking group Lulzsec on a series of hacking attacks it calls Operation Anti-Security, or Operation AntiSec. The operation began in June 2011, with an attack on the Serious Organized Crime Agency, the U.K.‘s national law enforcement agency. Since then, attacks have targeted the governments of Brazil, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, NATO, various U.S. law enforcement websites and Fox News.

Anonymous promised that the attack on Stratfor was just the beginning of an assault on a long list of targets.

“#Antisec has enough targets lined up to extend the fun fun fun of #LulzXmas throught the entire next week,” @AnonymousIRC tweeted.

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By IMax, December 30, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

kerryrose, - “Anonymous factions in tandem with another group of hackers.”

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Well, three days has past and you offer nothing. Obviously you were talking out of your azz.

Being wrong is not the end of the world, kerry. We learn from being wrong.

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By IMax, December 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

ardee-putz,

You truly are an odd bird. She told you and others months ago that she had been here years prior.

Jesus, you’re worthless.

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By ardee, December 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

aught this out of the corner of my eye as I do not read the creep:

I miss what this site once was and am deeply saddened by what it has become.

Amazing really, he contributes to the demise of that which he regrets. He admits that his current name is not his first here.

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By IMax, December 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

kerryrose, - “Anonymous factions in tandem with another group of hackers.”

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Sounds plausible. It should prove an easy affair to show a simple fool how you know this to be the case. Otherwise most here will think you’re talking out of your ass.

If your facts bear out, and you’re not simply pulling things out of your ass, I’m none too impressed with Anonymous. According to you the group’s obviously fractured ‘non hierarchical’ machinations are putting them at odds with one another.

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By heterochromatic, December 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

kerry~~~~ it’s a help if you learn how to read carefully.

some says that a news source is “second or third hand” ISN’T saying that the
source is “second or third rate”.

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By kerryrose, December 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

IMAX

Like I said, Anonymous factions in tandem with another group of hackers.  Anonymous is not hierarchical.  One segment can be engaged in hacking an institution while another is not. 

You are upset that I did not rely on your MSM news?  You are calling Democracy Now 2nd and 3rd rate news?

You are a fool and you know nothing.

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By IMax, December 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

kerryrose,

Anonymous releases communiques in specific ways. That’s how those interested know it’s them. Check it out and you’ll understand.

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You appear to be relying on Democracy Now in support of your previous comments while dismissing completely the reported Anonymous ‘press releases’. My question is; why would you ignore a reported first hand source and, in it’s stead, rely on a second or third hand reporter or editor to frame the narrative for you? Essentially you’re willing to abdicate and allow others to show you how you ought to think on this matter?

Anonymous claims they played no part in this episode. Are you, perhaps, simply not ready to entertain the notion that it’s not the end of the world to be wrong from time to time?

From my perspective I have no real idea who or what may be behind this. My lack of knowing is not sexy, however, it’s at least honest.

It still seems too soon, and there does appear to be far too many conflicting reports, to uphold the many strong assumptions we’ve seen here.

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By heterochromatic, December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

excellent thinking….anything is permissible if Bradley Manning is suffering.

let’s put an end to his suffering immediately. he’ll be better off out of this soiled
world.


but if Manning is held prisoner, the morally pure must execute random Americans
who haven’t summoned the moral purity to demand that Manning be declared
Pope.

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By kerryrose, December 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Democracy Now, Dec 27th

Hacker Group Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Breaking into Global Intelligence Company Website
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Members of the hacking group Anonymous have claimed credit for hacking into the website of the global intelligence company Stratfor and then making donations to charities using credit card information found unsecured on the Stratfor website. The hacking group also released the information on 4,000 credit cards owned by subscribers of Stratfor’s products. Stratfor’s website is still not functioning. A banner read, “Site is currently undergoing maintenance. Please check back soon.” The action may have been tied to last week’s pretrial hearing for accused Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. One online post regarding the hacking of Stratfor said, “While the rich and powerful are enjoying themselves with all their bourgeois gifts and lavish meals, our comrade Bradley Manning is not having that great of a time in federal custody.” The post went on to say, “Instead of being heralded as a fighter for free information and government transparency, he is criminalized, marginalized, and incarcerated, threatened with life imprisonment.”

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By heterochromatic, December 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

gerard, that’s a very interesting thought.  let’s explore it a little. when did it first
occur to you?

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By gerard, December 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

Is it the ambiguity of the net that drives “reactionaries” crazy?

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By redteddy, December 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

@Kerryrose

Anon isn’t hierarchal but the right hand does know what the left hand is doing.
They have denied that any of their members had anything to do with this act, you
can choose not to believe them if you like.

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By heterochromatic, December 27, 2011 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Kerry~~~~ thank you for your honest response explaining that bit about “higher
morality” and why peopel who think that their intentions are more pure may
disregard the laws of the world and that are followed by people who are not as
morally superior.


this is such a new and startling concept!!! why back in my day, we had never
posited any such doctrines….we figured that if someone asked us to do things
that were not morally pure, we should just say NO! and not do them….we didn’t
understand that if anyone wuz acted in ways that we didn’t think morally
upright ....then we could just fuck with them because they had no rights.


I guess you’re like a genius and shit, and all the people should act that way. If
they see a bunch of people putting tents on other people’s property, because
they think that their tents are morally superior to other people’s property, then
the people who think that they’re morally superior to the tent people should
demonstrate their disdain and set all the tents , and some of the tenters, on
fire.

because being morally superior means never having to say you’re sorry

you’re like a super genius.

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By Synonymos, December 27, 2011 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

Hactivists? Well, maybe!

Or, was it a cyber drone dropping propaganda news bombs by our secret service hackers to not only discredit any Anonymous sources but establish an internet police station? Wasn’t NDAA(National Defense Authorization Act) pushed last week and signed by George W Obama?—

Or, was it propaganda to confuse the public on the morality of wikileaks while this Manning trial is fresh on our minds. We know they want Julian Assange connected to espionage with Bradley Manning. But Wikileaks or Anonymous must be seen as an evil group of deviants totally against the American Dream, which is of coarse as Ronald Regan put it and IMax wants, “the dream of being rich”.


Maybe it was a part of Anonymous that split off from the main group of hactivists. They are mostly active in impoverished countries ignored by the USA environmental policies. Obama picked up his new nick-name during the latest climate summit meeting in Africa a couple of weeks ago when no representative from the US showed up. They began chanting GW and calling him George W Obama. The name fit perfectly because, as you know, there are absolutely no difference in Obama policies compared to the last 8 years of the Bushit policies. Add almost all the presidents of the past to that list to represent 99% of our forefathers who were born with gold fever but only .01 % ended up with all the power. That boils down to corporate wall street propaganda power.

You may have to see how a potential hactavist living in poverty in a country ravished by our corporations might think we think. They might think the word ‘enough’ is overlooked in our society. They probably think we just want more and more until there is nothing left(not far off). So, we invent excuses to go into other countries with our so called humanitarian ideals and steal all their resources, use them up in lavish royal glutinous style and then destroy the source in our loving greedy war on terror to help them over come, all their poverties while as we screw up the environment. GW fits like a glove for Obama and all the democrats who say one thing and vote the other. I for one could understand a hactivist retaliation by attacking the banksters who denied Wikileaks their profit free operating expenses donated world wide for over a year.

Anonymous represents the people of the world. That’s those people who get the shaft while we, here in American, eat food grown in their countries then shipped to WalliMart.

It wouldn’t surprise me that a group of hactivist fired a warning shot over our heads just to wake us up. It did get our attention.

I don’t like thievery. But what do we expect foriegners to think of us when we allow corporations to steal everything from those unfortunate to live in other countries of the world as though we are entitled.

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By IMax, December 27, 2011 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

kerryrose,

Thank you for the lesson in critical thinking. What should make your personal take on this so obvious to others?

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By kerryrose, December 27, 2011 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

IMax RedTeddy

This was obviously done by a faction of Anonymous working with another hacker group.  Anonymous is not hierarchical.  Use your power of critical thinking.

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By IMax, December 27, 2011 at 1:57 am Link to this comment

kerryrose,

It seems you’re not reading these “news”
stories carefully enough.

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By IMax, December 27, 2011 at 1:52 am Link to this comment

redteddy, - “Everyone here seems to have an opinion on this but no one has questioned the veracity of the story.”

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That’s not entirely correct.

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By redteddy, December 27, 2011 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

@Kerryrose

Didn’t you get the memo?  The story isn’t true!  Anonymous denies any
involvement.  You can read it in this link here: http://www.tgdaily.com/security-
features/60413-anonymous-denies-stratfor-

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By kerryrose, December 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm Link to this comment

Here is an honest response to a pedestrian brain.

A higher morality.  People, rich or poor, who invest in this security firm are investing in the militarization of homeland US. Anonymous has a problem with people who try to profit off of death and repression.  Therefore, they are making a moral point by donating those people’s money to charities such as SAVE THE CHILDREN and THE RED CROSS.  Rich or poor, if you try to PROFIT from martial law, you are wrong. 

That is the point.  The ‘stealing is wrong’ crap that some idiots mention is pedestrian, immoral, and the reason why we are such good sheeple and that this country is fucked.

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By Blueokie, December 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

It’s important to remember that this “story” was generated by corporate media (Disney), nothing that comes from those sources should be accepted at face value as they are not disinterested journalists seeking facts, there is always an agenda. Sources like Disney, GE, and Viacom should always be approached as skeptically as you would stories from News Corp.  Perhaps more so as News Corp. doesn’t hide their attempts at propaganda as their addled audience needs it.  Don’t assume the corporate media isn’t treating you as being just as stupid as News Corp.‘s audience.

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By redteddy, December 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Everyone here seems to have an opinion on this but no one has questioned the
veracity of the story.

Anonymous has denied having anything to do with this:

“The Stratfor hack is not the work of Anonymous. Stratfor is an open source
intelligence agency, publishing daily reports on data collected from the open
Internet. Hackers claiming to be Anonymous have distorted this truth in order
to further their hidden agenda, and some Anons have taken the bait,” the group
claimed in an online communiqué.

“The leaked client list represents subscribers to a daily publication which is the
primary service of Stratfor. Stratfor analysts are widely considered to be
extremely unbiased. Anonymous does not attack media sources.”??

According to Anonymous, Stratfor has been deliberately misrepresented by
“these so-called Anons” and portrayed in false light as a company which
engages in activity similar to HBGary. ??

“Sabu and his crew are nothing more than opportunistic attention whores who
are possibly agent provocateurs… As a media source, Stratfor’s work is
protected by the freedom of press, a principle which Anonymous values greatly.
This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous,” the group added.

http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/60413-anonymous-denies-stratfor-
hack

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By Redteddy, December 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment
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Anonymous is denying this attack!!!

12/25/2011

THE STRATFOR HACK IS NOT THE WORK OF ANONYMOUS

Stratfor is an open source intelligence agency, publishing daily reports on data
collected from the open internet. Hackers claiming to be Anonymous have
distorted this truth in order to further their hidden agenda, and some Anons
have taken the bait.

The leaked client list represents subscribers to a daily publication which is the
primary service of Stratfor. Stratfor analysts are widely considered to be
extremely unbiased. Anonymous does not attack media sources. In this excerpt
from Time, there is a brief description of how Stratfor analysts uncovered a
possible US backed coup in Iraq preceding the US invasion.

Stratfor has been purposefully misrepresented by these so-called Anons and
portrayed in false light as a company which engages in activity similar to
HBGary. Sabu and his crew are nothing more than opportunistic attention
whores who are possibly agent provocateurs. As a media source, Stratfor’s work
is protected by the freedom of press, a principle which Anonymous values
greatly.

This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous.

We are Anonymous
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

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By rumblingspire, December 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment
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i smile with glee every time i here of a successful anonymous hack because it reveals the inherent and permanent insecurity of software. 
i lament the day the internet was turned into a supermarket.  may the internet remain wild and free!

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By heterochromatic, December 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

kerry~~~ you didn’t answer the question…..getting pissy isn’t a substitute for an
honest response.

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By kerryrose, December 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

heterochromatic

Idiot.  It was NBC’s decision to leave out that information.  Why do you suppose?  Because YES people empathize with Robin Hood.

And yes,idiot, I’ve had money stolen from my credit card in the past and it was returned by the company because of fraudulent use.

Idiot.

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By kerryrose, December 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

IMax

You’re wrong.  A message from the Save The Children.. ‘Thank you International Defense Fund for your generous contribution!’

The wife of the CEO also said that when the credit card company called she was not sure whether or not her husband had donated.

You should read and research carefully before you dump your garbage on others.

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By IMax, December 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

At the time of this writing the only thing any individual on this thread understands is what ‘Anonymous’ reportedly claims. Nothing more.

With the help of some friends I hacked Koch Industries, stole $3.3 billion, and donated the money to General Electric, Northrop, and Halliburton. - Can I too get some love?

I may be alone in thinking how odd it is that so many hold such strong opinions regarding things they, literally, have no possible way of fully understanding.

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I miss what this site once was and am deeply saddened by what it has become.

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By Robespierre115, December 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

This might have been a strategic mistake. If they had focused on hacking cash out of actual fatcats, the Gordon Gekkos etc., but if they also hit a bunch of average employees then it won’t achieve much except more resentment. Anarchists suffer from what Tariq Ali recently described as taking action that makes one feel good personally, but does little to actually advance the cause.

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By heterochromatic, December 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

kerry~~~ if I steal YOUR money, and donate it to a charity of MY choice, do you
want people to empathize with my behavior?

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By kerryrose, December 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

NBC covered this on the Nightly News.  They said that Anonymous had ‘stolen’ the money from the hacked sight, BUT they did not say what that they donated the money to charity.

Odd, isn’t it?  The MSM did not want people to empathize, and deliberately edited the news.

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By gerard, December 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

Dear Anonymous:  Remember!  Integrity is all!

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By heterochromatic, December 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

~~~~ to avail themselves of clients’ personal and financial information.~~~~

WHY? of all the things there are to steal in the world, why steal that?

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By Wishingforsanity, December 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

Oh, I love you Anonymous. But I don’t love the whole stealing thing.  Regardless of the
motive, becoming the evil you despise does not make you any better. Ya know, the
whole, two wrongs don’t make a right thing.  But I still love you. Oh goody, my name just
got put on a government watch listfor this post. let the revolution BEGIN!

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By EmileZ, December 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment

@ ardee

If you are being funny… kudos to you, asshole!!!

If not, I guess poor old EmileZ is just out of the loop isn’t he???

EmileZ will never understand the purpose of hacktivism.

Apparently it is awesome!!!

I dunno why, but I guess I will just have to accept it.

He must be trapped within the system.

How typical of him to ask what is the point.

I bet you get that all the time.

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By bpawk, December 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

Anonymous needs to print out internal memos and emails showing what their government and military really do with the money given to them in sacred trust by the citizens of this country, not hack personal credit card accounts or give money away to other lands for charity.  This is serious business - why can’t they use their expertise to get a third party going, getting signatures to place a third party spokesperson on the state ballot in all states - if you really want to scare the government, military and business and show them what human power can be harnassed through technology, do that!

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By Tau_Seti, December 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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Anonymous:  You attack an ancient evil and it’s servants (the “1%”) that have
manipulated this reality for over 5000 years; prophesy unfolds.  God speed!

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By ardee, December 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

EmileZ reflects, in my opinion, a typical reaction of one who is trapped within the system, propagandized by the ruling class’ endless propaganda and fails to grasp that the war has begun.

When he says that “he is not our enemy” he is being sincere I believe. That no one stole anything from him makes his belief a realty perhaps. But one must choose sides and Anonymous is on mine. If it is not on his, well, one chooses.

Of course free Bradley Manning is a fine sentiment, but he will not be freed by those like EmileZ, but by those like Anonymous.

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By kerryrose, December 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

Good luck Anonymous.  I love you.

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By EmileZ, December 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Dear Anonymous,

Whenever I see that mask and hear about your dubious exploits, I think you are stupid.

It seems to me like you have no good or well thought out reason to flex your internet muscles, but you just cannot contain yourselves.

I am not your enemy.

If I am being stupid, please explain. I am just some dude who doesn’t know shit about “hacktivism”.

Free Bradley Manning.

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