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Hacking Group Anonymous Gives World a “Christmas Present”

The hacking movement Anonymous claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of security think tank Stratfor in an attempt to give a “Christmas present” to the world.  Anonymous says that they will use the client list for user’s credit card numbers in order to make charitable donations.

One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed that there had been unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards.

Anonymous has stolen more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords, and home addresses.

“Not so private and secret anymore?” Anonymous taunted in a message on Twitter, promising that the attack on Stratfor was just the beginning of a Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.

The client list stolen has already been posted and apparently is only a small portion of the total 200 gigabytes of information Anonymous stole from Stratfor as they promise more leaks to come in the near future.

Anonymous stated that they were able to steal credit card easier because Stratfor didn’t bother encrypting them.  If this is true, it is an embarrassing flaw for a security related company due to it being an easy fix (to encrypt the credit card numbers).

Hours after publishing what it claimed was Stratfor’s client list, Anonymous tweeted a link to encrypted files online with names, phone numbers, emails, addresses and credit card account details.

Many people that are on this list have noticed multiple transactions of hundreds of dollars over the past week.  All of these transactions are going to different charities such as Red Cross, CARE, and Save The Children.  Perhaps this is Anonymous’s way of giving the world a Christmas present.

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