– Stratfor has been dubbed the ‘Shadow CIA’
– Firm uses sources to create daily intelligence briefings
December 29, 2011
Hackers who stole thousands of credit card numbers from U.S. security firm Stratfor are now set to release 2.7 million of its confidential emails.
The loose-knit Anonymous movement vowed to heap further embarrassment on the intelligence company, dubbed the ‘Shadow CIA’, it hacked over Christmas.
It wants to humiliate the firm, which uses a global network of sources to create daily intelligence briefings on security and financial risk, by publishing the communications. And it said they could provide the ‘smoking gun for a number of crimes’.
Anonymous posted the credit card numbers of 30,000 of its clients – including executives from HSBC and Barclays and a member of the House of Lords – on Monday.