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Stratfor gets back online following Anonymous attack

Credit card details weren’t encrypted
Wed Jan 11 2012, 17:50

GLOBAL INTELLEGENCE ANALYST FIRM Stratfor has announced that its web site is back up following an attack that compromised its servers and its subscribers' data.

Hacktivist group Anonymous targeted the firm in one of its recent attacks, gaining access to its servers and the email addresses and credit card details of its customers. The firm is adamant that the efforts of the group have not been successful.

Stratfor CEO George Friedman said in a blog post, "The attempt to silence us failed. Our website is back, though we are waiting for all archives to be restored, and our email is working again. Our failures have been reviewed and are being rectified."

He said that servers were deliberately shut down while an outside consultant rebuilt the system from the ground up. In addition the handling of credit cards has been off-loaded to a third party.

"We knew our reputation would be damaged by the revelation, all the more so because we had not encrypted the credit card files. This was a failure on our part," added Friedman, blaming the rapid growth of the company for the mistake of not having encrypted the credit card details.

Anonymous tweeted:

It appears that the group might still have some control over the Stratfor web site, going by the sarcastic post on Twitter.

Talking about the group, Friedman said, "I don't know if the hackers who did this feel remorse as they discover that we aren't who they said we were. First, I don't know who they actually are, and second, I don't know what their motives were."

"I don't know if there is remorse or if their real purpose was to humiliate and silence us, in which case I don't know why they wanted that."

He strangely goes on to say that he expects Stratfor to be attacked again because he thinks the attackers are intent on doing further harm. This seems an odd thing to say, but it might be reverse psychology or an invitation intended to attract and trace further intrusion attempts.

Friedman closed his blog post by saying, "To all, I dedicate myself to denying our attackers the prize they wanted." µ


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