_ We are still around, and hacking, infojamming, and sharing is still the game!
The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S. based security think tank, Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals' accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards.
Allegedly much of the credit card information was easy to obtain because Stratfor didn't encrypt it. This action on the part of Anonymous is meant to be part of a week-long holiday hacking spree, in which they're publicizing users' info and then using the pilfered credit card information to make donations to charity.
Wishing everyone a “Merry LulzXMas,” a nod to its spinoff hacking group Lulz Security, Anonymous also posted a link on Twitter to a site containing the email, phone number, and credit number of an employee of U.S. Homeland Security.
The employee, Cody Sultenfuss, said he had no warning before his details were posted. “They took money I did not have,” he told The Associated Press in a series of emails, which did not specify the amount taken. “I think Why me?, I am not rich.”
But the breach doesn't necessarily pose a risk to owners of the credit cards. A card user who suspects fraudulent activity on his or her card can contact the credit card company to dispute the charge.
Until the onset of 2012, the AP notes “Anonymous warned it has enough targets lined up to extend the fun, fun, fun of LulzXmas through the entire next week."