Stratfor offers ID protection to Anonymous attack victims

Victims of the recent cyber attack on the servers of the security think tank Stratfor are going to be given some free protection against the threat of identity theft. PCWorld.com reports that in an email sent to Stratfor customers on Wednesday, the company said it would offer free identity protection services to those customers who had their credit card numbers exposed by the cyber attack.

Over 50,000 credit card numbers were taken from Stratfor's servers as a result of the attack, which was conducted by members of the Anonymous hacker group. However the vast majority of those numbers had expired. For the customers who were unlucky to have unexpired numbers, Stratfor said that it would offer ID protection for a year via CSID.

Stratfor's own web site has been down since the incident and in the email the company said that it will remain down for a little while longer as it continues its own investigation into the Anonymous attack. The statement said, "We expect this to take approximately a week, but it might take longer."

One of Anonymous' spokespersons claimed that the company's servers were attacked to get to a large number of emails. The spokesperson said it did not expect to obtain access to any credit card numbers as a result of its actions.

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I love when people tell me this is no form of terrorism just because they do not blow **** up, it is called Cyber Terrorism a huge difference. Anon rather whining about stupid crap why not go get a job and help the economy with all that power? I guess being a 12 year old troll is what you are good at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOPXpd9PSU

Hello, SONY.
We are Anonymous.

It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned.

To those doubting our powers. We've infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day.

For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift.

Operation Blackout, engaged.
Operation Mayhem, engaged.
Operation LulzXmas, engaged.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Supporters of SOPA, you should've expected us.

ShareShiz said,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOPXpd9PSU

Hello, SONY.
We are Anonymous.

It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned.

To those doubting our powers. We've infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day.

For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift.

Operation Blackout, engaged.
Operation Mayhem, engaged.
Operation LulzXmas, engaged.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Supporters of SOPA, you should've expected us.

No I do not ****ing support SOPA but I do not condone Cyber terrorism either, I myself have Sony Blu-ray player and use the internet to watch on it so stop your BS and get a real ****ing job just like yo mom at the corner, it least she is doing something for the Economy.

Hello,

STRATFOR is a security company, but not necessarily in the sense that some people seem to understand it. They don't make anti-malware software, for example, nor are they hunting for 0days.

STRATFOR's business is strategic forecasting. They aggregate various public domain forms of intelligence (press releases, news articles, etc.) and provide an analysis as to what it all might mean. Here's some examples from their Facebook page:

Dispatch: Yemen's GCC Power Transfer Deal: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100515958067930
Dispatch: Dynamics of a U.S.-Brazil Trade Conversation: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100513404999300
Dispatch: Islamist Militancy in Kazakhstan: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2899338367502

Also, these Wikipedia entries on the company and its founder:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratfor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Friedman

STRATFOR provides geopolitical intelligence, not information about computer security, per se, and supposedly what little coverage they have had on Anonymous has been pretty neutral and sticking to the facts. And Anonymous itself has publicly stated they are not responsible: http://pastebin.com/8yrwyNkt

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Anonymous being blamed?
Weird how I've only found that out from your post.
I think their leadership design of having some random spokesperson that posts YT videos and random pastebin files means they're very easy to blame for an attack, and I guess more attacks will be happening in the future and they'll be getting blamed by the people that are behind them.

n_K said,
Anonymous being blamed?
Weird how I've only found that out from your post.
I think their leadership design of having some random spokesperson that posts YT videos and random pastebin files means they're very easy to blame for an attack, and I guess more attacks will be happening in the future and they'll be getting blamed by the people that are behind them.
I dont think they give a damn if they are blamed.. they probs d0x the person who blamed them

Crafty. Managed to turn an attack on the home turf into a business opportunity.
If a security company cannot secure themselves against a non-zeroday attack how can they seriously talk about any kind of security? They are but scammers and deserve getting pwnt.

cralias said,
Crafty. Managed to turn an attack on the home turf into a business opportunity.
If a security company cannot secure themselves against a non-zeroday attack how can they seriously talk about any kind of security? They are but scammers and deserve getting pwnt.

I was gonna say the same thing. 'we can offer you security' and then lose all your details again in a few months!

A lot of people waste a lot of breath lately talking about what other people "deserve". I was just wondering, who decides that?

I mean, in terms of being punished for illegal behavior, we have a pretty extensive justice system that involves presenting evidence, making a case, and convincing uninterested peers that you're right. In terms of basic social norms, we have a system of acceptance, rejection, and positive/negative reinforcement.

But this concept of a company 'deserving' an attack (which hurts the customers, mind you, who did not 'deserve' the trouble in this equation), I'm not sure what we're talking about. Do they provide a subpar product/service? In that case, all they really deserve is poor sales, no?

'Deserve' an attack by a group that nobody chose to represent the will of society or any particular arm of justice... it's so strange. Do you have other priorities that weird? Or just this concept of chaotic justice?

Joshie said,
Do you have other priorities that weird? Or just this concept of chaotic justice?

Both. I'm that kind of strange.
But no worries, I'm now retracting my statement after the post by goretsky (below). I didn't care to look that they aren't a computer security company.
It's still a shame that a company that's supposedly being top-secret and working with Fortune 500 clients keeps passwords as plain text and doesn't enforce enough entropy for them.

Joshie said,
A lot of people waste a lot of breath lately talking about what other people "deserve". I was just wondering, who decides that?

I mean, in terms of being punished for illegal behavior, we have a pretty extensive justice system that involves presenting evidence, making a case, and convincing uninterested peers that you're right. In terms of basic social norms, we have a system of acceptance, rejection, and positive/negative reinforcement.

But this concept of a company 'deserving' an attack (which hurts the customers, mind you, who did not 'deserve' the trouble in this equation), I'm not sure what we're talking about. Do they provide a subpar product/service? In that case, all they really deserve is poor sales, no?

'Deserve' an attack by a group that nobody chose to represent the will of society or any particular arm of justice... it's so strange. Do you have other priorities that weird? Or just this concept of chaotic justice?

Refusing to learn about new technologies and giving up private information to other organizations makes you deserving of such thefts. You are 100% to blame for trusting somebody else out to make money with your information.

Jebadiah said,

Refusing to learn about new technologies and giving up private information to other organizations makes you deserving of such thefts. You are 100% to blame for trusting somebody else out to make money with your information.


Wait, so any company that makes money with information about you should never be trusted? Because that's a LOT of companies. It's a whole industry, in fact. And it's one that a lot of people are eager to give money to.

And it still doesn't explain who decides that. Anytime you say somebody "deserves" something, you're implying there's some sort of moral/ethical standard by which their actions are being punished. But since those standards are subjective, it's a moot argument, and part of the reason we rely on courts.

At any rate, if you want to be a part of the next step of the information age, with intelligent computers that learn about you and can anticipate well enough to understand you, you're going to have to start trusting companies with personal information, knowing that that information will be making those companies money.

Totalaero said,
99% of internet users are morons because almost anyone can false clam to be in anonymous.

False claim? Anyone can be "in" anonymous. No claim is false, lol.

Colin McGregor said,

fixed for you.

I would say signing up for free identity theft protection is even more moronic. Compensating for a theft by giving up info to another organization is utterly stupid. Falling for the same organization is retarded.