Anonymous spent $700,000 with stolen credit cards

On Christmas Eve 2011, Anonymous took credit for a cyber attack on the servers of the Austin, Texas-based security firm Stratfor. The company admitted that its servers had been breached and as a result "personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members" were taken. At least 50,000 numbers were exposed in the cyber attack, and of that number over 9,600 had not yet expired, according to Stratfor.

At the time of the attack, Anonymous claimed it would use the credit card information it took from Stratfor's servers to make charitable donations. However, it sounds like at least some of the charges the group made on those numbers were for their own needs.

VentureBeat.com reports that at least $700,000 worth of false credit card charges were made with those numbers from the Stratfor servers, according to a statement today by the FBI. In fact the number may be larger; the records the FBI presented only go up to early February.

The story claims, via an unnamed source, that one Anonymous member used one of the credit card numbers to purchase $300 worth of hooded sweatshirts. If true, that would certainly not fit with what the group said it would do with the money.

Stratfor has already offered free identify theft protection to the victims of this particular cyber attack.

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More proof that if you're playing for the wrong team, you'll get punished. The injustice system on this planet is no longer in control.

..as it should be. Since they're all greedy, corporate turds. They're the thieves. Finally, they're responsible for their own actions.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tech...ous-zetas-hacking-climbdown

They work for Zeta guys ,Seen on Brad Meltzers Decoded .Zeta killed and hanged 2 of them off a highway overpass.I would not trust anyone of them.

http://www.history.com/shows/brad-meltzers-decoded

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Totalaero said,
Anonymous has no leader so...

So? They're still people. And some of them will be taken and prosecuted. No one in Anonymous is smarter than the teams the government have to look into this stuff. No criminal is a 'mastermind' ... no hacker is a genius. None of this is rocket science, and every single one of these turds leaves a trail ... it's just a matter of time

Spirit Dave said,

So? They're still people. And some of them will be taken and prosecuted. No one in Anonymous is smarter than the teams the government have to look into this stuff. No criminal is a 'mastermind' ... no hacker is a genius. None of this is rocket science, and every single one of these turds leaves a trail ... it's just a matter of time

You do realize the vast majority of crimes go unsolved? They "solve" most of their investigations through witness intimidation, rats and amateur mistakes that are too obvious to miss. As a whole they are definitely not the best and the brightest, more often it's the exact opposite, many that can't make it in the civilian sector end up in government. I unfortunately personally know many people in NSA and Fed LE and you have never seen a more narcissistic immature vindictive group of a-holes that are completely dependent on sneaky technology in your life. They knowingly target "easy" and innocent with no remorse whatsoever. You'll never read about criminal masterminds, because they don't get caught very often.

Even if Anon spent the money on charities, it's still stolen money. People can argue till they're blue in the face over whether digital theft is really theft, but stealing money is stealing, and you aren't a good guy when you do it.

Joshie said,
Even if Anon spent the money on charities, it's still stolen money. People can argue till they're blue in the face over whether digital theft is really theft, but stealing money is stealing, and you aren't a good guy when you do it.

so Robin Hood was a bad guy?

jingarelho said,
so Robin Hood was a bad guy?
Robin Hood wasn't real, there's no factual evidence to support his existence. However, if you go with the stories then he stole from the nobles that were oppressing the peasants. In this case, Anonymous have stolen from the peasants (the employees) rather than the nobles (the corporation).

jingarelho said,

so Robin Hood was a bad guy?

Are you 6 years old? Robin Hood didn't exist. He is an idealistic concept. The real world doesn't care if you give it to good causes. It's stealing.

Spirit Dave said,

Are you 6 years old? Robin Hood didn't exist. He is an idealistic concept. The real world doesn't care if you give it to good causes. It's stealing.

What!? Robin Hood wasn't real! I suppose you're going to say that Santa Claus isn't real either?

ZombyWuf said,

What!? Robin Hood wasn't real! I suppose you're going to say that Santa Claus isn't real either?

Not sure what you're trying to point out. I made a point that he's comparing this situation to an ideology that can't work in the real world, made famous by a work of fiction. Now, back to your point?

Spirit Dave said,
Not sure what you're trying to point out. I made a point that he's comparing this situation to an ideology that can't work in the real world, made famous by a work of fiction. Now, back to your point?

I do believe he was posting what one might call a "joke", in effort to spring humor to an argument that was only going downhill from your post. Intrinsica had already explained on the points as to how the concept is flawed, without being condescending.

ZombyWuf said,
What!? Robin Hood wasn't real! I suppose you're going to say that Santa Claus isn't real either?
Not to mention the Occupiers are using the concept to do the very thing Robin fought in those legends: tax the living s**t out of us.

dead.cell said,

I do believe he was posting what one might call a "joke", in effort to spring humor to an argument that was only going downhill from your post. Intrinsica had already explained on the points as to how the concept is flawed, without being condescending.

at last someone get it.

As much as I would like to believe that Anonymous are the victims of of a flase allegation, they are not exactly the most mature and I dont think anyone would be shocked by this.

GiedriusVarnas said,
You really think this is true story? not just one more fiction from govermant?

Who could possibly wade through all the crap the government spews to us to see if it's true or not? At this point it's probably just safer to assume nothing the government says is true.

Walkie/Talkie said,

Who could possibly wade through all the crap the government spews to us to see if it's true or not? At this point it's probably just safer to assume nothing the government says is true.

What? You dont think that when $700,000+ is stolen you would buy $300 worth of hoodies? That would be first on my list. I need lots!

Walkie/Talkie said,

At this point it's probably just safer to assume nothing the government says is true.

I know. If an official in the government said the earth orbits around the sun, I'd laugh and know it was the other way around.

You guys seems to think that the government is programming our minds all the time. I know Bush was a bad idea from the beginning, His father started the war and now he wanted to finish it. But this doesn't mean that the government is lying all the time. In this situation I think that steeling Credit card numbers should be prosecuted to the fullest. There are so many other countries that would kill for the rights that Americans have in the USA. There are allot of things that I don't like about the government, but there are also allot of things I like what the government is doing. Things balance out in the end. :-)

jesseinsf said,
You guys seems to think that the government is programming our minds all the time. I know Bush was a bad idea from the beginning, His father started the war and now he wanted to finish it. But this doesn't mean that the government is lying all the time. In this situation I think that steeling Credit card numbers should be prosecuted to the fullest. There are so many other countries that would kill for the rights that Americans have in the USA. There are allot of things that I don't like about the government, but there are also allot of things I like what the government is doing. Things balance out in the end. :-)

Uh....that's because the government is lying all the time. If you believe otherwise, you are seriously delusional.

jesseinsf said,
You guys seems to think that the government is programming our minds all the time. I know Bush was a bad idea from the beginning, His father started the war and now he wanted to finish it. But this doesn't mean that the government is lying all the time. In this situation I think that steeling Credit card numbers should be prosecuted to the fullest. There are so many other countries that would kill for the rights that Americans have in the USA. There are allot of things that I don't like about the government, but there are also allot of things I like what the government is doing. Things balance out in the end. :-)

And what of the company that had their servers hacked should they be allowed to get away with such slack security that even a bunch of script kiddies can take whatever they want, Personally I believe no company should hold your CC details for any longer than it takes for the transaction to complete

jesseinsf said,
You guys seems to think that the government is programming our minds all the time. I know Bush was a bad idea from the beginning, His father started the war and now he wanted to finish it. But this doesn't mean that the government is lying all the time. In this situation I think that steeling Credit card numbers should be prosecuted to the fullest. There are so many other countries that would kill for the rights that Americans have in the USA. There are allot of things that I don't like about the government, but there are also allot of things I like what the government is doing. Things balance out in the end. :-)

I'd like to see how Americans would fare with a government like the fascist-masquerading-as-socialist regimes down here in South America.

Americans have *no idea* of the amount of freedom they have.

Doctor Neurus said,

I'd like to see how Americans would fare with a government like the fascist-masquerading-as-socialist regimes down here in South America.

Americans have *no idea* of the amount of freedom they have.


And just because other places have it worse means we should just accept whatever we're given, right?

Memnochxx said,

And just because other places have it worse means we should just accept whatever we're given, right?

No, but we complain a ton about ourselves and about problems that are not as important. Sure, the casus belli for the Iraq war is a bit unclear, but there was a good potential for WMDs or some if the project were restarted. And Saddam was an evil mass-murderer.

Here is an interesting article about deaths in Iraq... http://markhumphrys.com/iraq.dead.html

Memnochxx said,

And just because other places have it worse means we should just accept whatever we're given, right?

You are obviously confusing something: Seeing another's problem doesn't mean you have to conform to yours.

It helps you get a clear picture, helps you figure out a solution by taking into account other people's mistakes, prevents you from going to the other extreme.

You can bury your head in the sand, though. Convince yourself that your solution is awesome, and will have no negative impact. That those who don't conform are in the wrong...

But then, we are back to square one. Right?

It doesn't matter how bad Saddam was or wasn't. Bush & Co lied to get what they wanted and then make points about what a great idea it was after the fact. As of now, we've killed tens of thousands in Iraq, label them as you will.

As for this, they will demonize Anonymous at every turn. As with any group like this, many different color hats are worn. Only the Fox/MSNBC watching dolts will buy into all of them being bad and miss the overall point they're trying to make. It wouldn't surprise me if the Feds loaded the deck with patsies for this very purpose... they do it all the time.

hooded sweatshirts randomly given away to homeless people.

Lets face it, anonymous by its very nature of its name means it could be anyone. Donating the money directly to charities would mean it'd be tracked and the money taken off them. Not a nice donation at all.

I can see someone buying a load of stuff, giving away the actual items to the needy. It'd make sense and it'd still be a charitable donation.

Saddam himself was the wmd and killed hundreds of thousands of people. I get tired of hearing that crap. At the same time I do think the war was b.s. and wished we hadn't spent the money but..... no where near as many people have died in the war as.. oh never mind.

Free hoodies for everybody!

DrunkenBeard said,

Umm ... don't know about US laws, but I'm pretty sure that's illegal.

It could be, but it isn't very black-and-white. For instance, undercover police setup stings all the time when they pose as drug dealers, drug users, and prostitutes. If someone comes up to them solicits for their services they will be arrested.

From my understanding, you can't set a particular person up, but you can set up a situation where that person may be involved and incriminate themselves.

Not sure this is a true story; the fear mongering seems to be right up there with "Iraq has WMDs" or the new variation of that lie...

Brian Miller said,
Not sure this is a true story; the fear mongering seems to be right up there with "Iraq has WMDs" or the new variation of that lie...

First, that wasn't necessarily a lie - the intelligence report could have been wrong. I also believe I read that Iraq's nuclear weapons project was more on hold, and could have been resumed.

But second, this isn't really blatant fear-mongering...

Edrick Smith said,
You really think a group of kids were going to spend it for the better causes of justice?

This is not true. Someone filthy rich is trying to put bad name on Anonymous because they are making him loose money.... how sad for him.

DaveBG said,

This is not true. Someone filthy rich is trying to put bad name on Anonymous because they are making him loose money.... how sad for him.

wtf? are you high? you are just trolling right? anonymous are a lil bunch of kiddies im surprised that they did not spend it all on candy and lego.....

SPEhosting said,

wtf? are you high? you are just trolling right? anonymous are a lil bunch of kiddies im surprised that they did not spend it all on candy and lego.....

Hey! I'm 27 and would certainly spend $700k on Lego if I had those funds available.
Lego is amazing.

DaveBG said,

This is not true. Someone filthy rich is trying to put bad name on Anonymous because they are making him loose money.... how sad for him.

What?! You TRUST this bunch? Dude ... seriously, they're scammers. This is not a world bettering group ... they're out for their own gain.

Largoh said,

Hey! I'm 27 and would certainly spend $700k on Lego if I had those funds available.
Lego is amazing.

I could build a fort with that much lego.... hmmm...

SPEhosting said,

wtf? are you high? you are just trolling right? anonymous are a lil bunch of kiddies im surprised that they did not spend it all on candy and lego.....

Dude anonymous are like heroes and a group of the most skilled hackers in the world, you sir are the script kiddie.

Daniel_Pooh said,

Dude anonymous are like heroes and a group of the most skilled hackers in the world, you sir are the script kiddie.

oh i see internet sarcasm ... cool..

DaveBG said,

This is not true. Someone filthy rich is trying to put bad name on Anonymous because they are making him loose money.... how sad for him.

Too bad they haven't donated to the education system so they could teach people how to spell "lose" instead of "loose".

Daniel_Pooh said,

Dude anonymous are like heroes and a group of the most skilled hackers in the world, you sir are the script kiddie.

Because as we all know, heroes steal and spend other people's money.