It looks like charities such as the Red Cross, CARE and Save the Children got some much needed money this Christmas, but it came from the Internet hacking group know as “Anonymous.” It is being reported Anonymous broke into a reporting and security firm called Stratfor. It stole thousands of client credit card numbers and donated money from those individuals to charity. The cardholders are probably not on the hook for the money, but the banks that issued the cards are. It is being reported the donations are around $1 million total. I feel bad for the company because Stratfor is a legit security information company. I have used them as a source for information, but I am a bit surprised their security was breached. Stratfor has many clients that pay for analysis that include the U.S. military and big city police departments. You have not heard the end of this story. More information is going to be revealed as Anonymous has gotten more than just credit card information from Stratfor clients. (For more on the story from the Associated Press Click here.)
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