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Hackers Dump Security Company Data

DATA LOSS

January 2, 2012

The hacker collective Anonymous has exposed the usernames, e-mail addresses and passwords of 860,000 users of the security think tank Stratfor--including the credit card information of 75,000 of them, reports VentureBeat. Stratfor has consequently shut down its website pending the completion of a "thorough review and adjustment by outside experts." Anonymous reportedly broke into Stratfor's Web servers and downloaded 200 gigabytes of data. A New York Times report notes this breach could be "especially embarrassing" if hackers can prove the company--"which markets its security expertise"--did not encrypt its sensitive data. One security expert says requisite credit card fraud has already been "well documented," and advises Stratfor customers to contact their credit card companies.
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