The hackers known as “Anonymous,” who helped organize and support the Occupy Wall Street protests this past fall, claim to have stolen emails and credit card numbers from Stratfor, the highly respected U.S. security think tank.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Hackers on Sunday claimed to have stolen a raft of emails and credit card data from U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, promising that it was the start of a weeklong assault on a long list of targets.
Members of the loose-knit hacking movement known as “Anonymous” posted a link on Twitter to what it said was Stratfor’s tightly-guarded, confidential client list. Among the list: the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the Miami Police Department.
The rest of the list, which Anonymous said was a small slice of its 200 gigabytes worth of plunder, included banks, law enforcement agencies, defense contractors and technology firms.
Anonymous has threatened further attacks throughout the week to come, striking during the holiday lull. Its activities could further link the Occupy Wall Street movement to the criminal underworld.