50,000 credit card numbers stolen in Stratfor cyber attack

A few days ago, Anonymous took credit for yet another cyber attack on a business. This time it was the private security service Stratfor that was the victim. However, unlike previous attacks by Anonymous and similar groups over the past year, this one actually resulted in credit card numbers being stolen from the company's servers.

Anonymous has already released a number of the files it has taken from Stratfor. Acccording to a report from the identity theft protection company Identity Finder, 50,277 credit card numbers were taken from Stratfor's servers, based on what Anonymous has leaked so far. 9,651 of those credit card numbers had not yet expired. The report also claims that 44,188 passwords were stolen from the server and Identity Finder says over 50 percent of those passwords could be easily cracked. Only 4.6 percent of those passwords would be considered "strong".

Anonymous has also taken a lot of emails from Stratfor's servers and claims in a Twitter message that the emails it plans to release will show that Stratfor "is not the 'harmless company' it tries to paint itself as." Stratfor says on its Facebook page it plans to start sending out emails to those who have been affected by the attack no later than Wednesday.

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