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Hackers Expose Security Company Data

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND & U.S.

January 6, 2012

The hacker collective Anonymous has exposed personal information--including credit card numbers--of 860,000 users of the U.S.-based intelligence firm Stratfor, putting the information of some New Zealand companies and government agencies at risk. Stuff.co.nz reports that the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Air New Zealand, police and fire services and some banks are clients of Stratfor. The hackers posted the information online, and unauthorised activities have occurred on some of the stolen credit cards. The company, which provides reports and analysis on international security, shut down its website pending a review by outside experts. A Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet spokesman said while the department will not discontinue the service, it hopes Stratfor will improve security and it will watch its account.
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