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In an illegal act of charity this Christmas, the hacker group known as Anonymous claims to have hacked the American security firm Stratfor and stolen private credit card numbers, passwords, emails and addresses from many of the firm's clients.
Their proof of the successful hack was displayed on Twitter, where their followers were encouraged to download the information. In addition, unauthorized charges were made to credit cards for gifts to charitable groups such as CARE and the American Red Cross.
Anonymous suggests that Stratfor was negligent in handling their client's data because they did not use encryption to protect its data. Since the cyber-attack on Sunday, the website for Stratfor has been removed and replaced with the corporation's logo and a message about maintenance.
Anonymous claims it has 200 gigabytes of stolen information on the 4,000 Stratfor clients. Among the companies impacted are the United States Air Force, the Miami Police Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency and Apple and Microsoft.
Stratfor offers its clients analysis reports on political, economic and military issues. According to Fred Burton, a vice president of intelligence for Stratfor, law enforcement is investigating the matter.