(LiveHacking.Com) – The hacking group known as Anonymous says it has stolen emails, passwords and credit card information from the Texas based security think-tank Strategic Forecasting, Inc. According to the BBC, an alleged member of Anonymous posted an online message, claiming that the group had used Stratfor clients’ credit card details to make “over a million dollars” in donations to different charities.
Stratfor’s website was defaced with the message “merry lulzxmas! are you ready for a week of mayhem? H0h0h0h0h0.” In response Stratfor took down its website and suspended email processing. The company, which provides independent analysis of international affairs and security threats, sent an e-mail Sunday to subscribers:
“On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members. We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed.”
However in a bizarre twist another posting appeared from Anonymous saying “hackers claiming to be Anonymous have distorted this truth in order to further their hidden agenda”
“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” said Anonymous via an emergency Christmas Anonymous press release.