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Dear Stratfor Reader,

While addressing matters related to the breach of Stratfor’s data systems, the company has been made aware of false and misleading communications that have circulated within recent days. Specifically, there is a fraudulent email that appears to come from George.Friedman[at]

I want to assure everyone that this is not my email address and that any communication from this address is not from me. I also want to assure everyone that Stratfor would never ask customers and friends to provide personal information through the type of attachment that was part of the email at issue. This email, and all similar ones, are false and attempt to prey on the privacy concerns of customers and friends. We strongly discourage you from opening such attachments. We deeply regret the inconvenience this latest development has created.

While Stratfor works to reestablish its data systems and web presence, we ask everyone to please look for official communications, such as this one, and to monitor the Stratfor Facebook page and Twitter feed for company-approved communications.

Thank you for your patience.

Please direct any questions and concerns to


George Friedman

Originally posted to kennethlipp on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 10:38 AM PST.

Also republished by Anonymous Dkos.

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  •  Yup, and the hack ain't over yet (2+ / 0-)
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    buddabelly, northsylvania

    it's all over the twittersphere;-)

    "Stratfor" has been sending out lewd emails (per CNN), and Cryptome's posted the same communique as you've quoted above.

    Rumor is that Stratfor doesn't digitally sign their correspondence. Hmmmmmmmmm. Facepalm.

    "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

    by Lisa Lockwood on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 01:49:33 PM PST

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      Some commenters on the Stratfor FB page have me facepalming till it hurts.
      One was about one of the fraudulent emails sent out from Stratfor 'post hack', complaining that the recipient "recieved it and wondered about why to fill a: "Butthurtreportform" .......

      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 02:02:08 PM PST

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      •  I guess they're not fucking with free members (0+ / 0-)

        as I've not seen any of the fake emails though I did get this one actually from Stratfor....they've done a decent job of keeping us informed by my standards...

        I tell you though had I been a paid subscriber, and if I could have afforded it I would have been........  they have some good intel on Mexico and I have too many friends and brothers in the thick to not want to stay abreast of the nightmare......

        I really lost a lot of respect for anonymous over this one....

        I've never seen anything but stratfor being a news and intelligence agency for hire, kinda like journalists......I thought Anon was all about the freedom of information....I guess they still are more about the lulz, though I don't find this one very lulzy myself......

        ....and fucking stealing the card numbers was just a step too far .....

        Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
        I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
        Emiliano Zapata

        by buddabelly on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 08:34:58 PM PST

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        •  FWIW, and just my educated guess, (0+ / 0-)

          this is part of Lulzmas 'gifts' brought about by AntiSec, who've posted quite a bit of their reasons and taken a great deal of 'credit' for reeking havoc on some of the bigger players in the Intel/security/MIC/banking world. Thumbing their noses, if you will.

          On Dec. 24, Anonymous stole nearly 900,000 email addresses and more than 68,000 credit card numbers from Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based firm that counts powerful companies including Chevron, Sony, Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs, the United Nations, Google, AIG, HSBC, Bank of America and the U.S. military as its clients.

          Greetings Global Pirates,

          We truly hope that you’ve been enjoying the Lulzxmas festivities so far. The gifts that AnonSanta left under the LulzXmas tree are just the beginning. As we speak, his little helpers at the North Pole are readying his battle sleigh of lulz with more goodies to bring you LulzXmas joy all week long. Joy in the form of over $500,000 being expropriated from the bigshot clients of Stratfor. You didn’t think we’d let 2011 end without a BANG, did you?

          However, if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of customers of STRATFOR Global [Un]Intelligence, you probably woke up Christmas morning to find heaps of burning coal in your stocking. But don’t fret. Take comfort in the fact that at least you’re not George Friedman or any of the STRATFOR IT guys right now.

          We create chaos. We create mayhem. We curb stomp companies that play fast and loose with their customers’ private and sensitive information. We bring pain to greedy whitehats willing to flip for a dime on government payrolls. And don't worry—there's plenty more havoc in store for the rest of the week. So throw a log on the fire, grab some hot chocolate and settle in for a long week of lulz.

          Did you have fun looting and plundering from the pocketbooks of the rich and powerful? How about laughing at the reaction of some of their butthurt customers. We LOL’d hard when poor little Cody Sultenfuss, ranch owner and DHS employee, who asked "Why me?" and when Allen Barr, just retired from the Texas Dept. of Banking, exclaimed, "It made me feel terrible. It made my wife feel terrible.” Let us not forget dear old Victor Gebilaguin, who posted the following on STRATFOR’s Facebook wall in defense of the company: "The hackers ought to be shot then hanged upside down in public." Well since you feel so strongly about it Victor, we went ahead and ran your card up a bit. Hope you don't mind. Really guys, cry us a river. Then go and fill out our all-purpose Butthurt Form, so we can get back to you promptly. Your feedback is important to us. Thanks.

          Interestingly, one thing we noticed in the fallout of this catastrophic hack was that STRATFOR hired not one, but two outside consultants to try to bail their sorry asses out of the hellhole of a grave we dug them. Top identity theft protection? Professional security consultant? We'll see how that works out for you, if you ever dare to put your servers back online again. Until then, we’ll be watching and waiting. And laughing, of course.

          By the way, now that you have notified your customers of this massive security breach, we might have to pick up the pace of releasing peoples’ credit card information.

          Accordingly, we'll start the day after Christmas off right by dropping a third of the damn alphabet. How does a drop of 30,000 additional names, credit cards, addresses, phone numbers, and md5 hashed passwords sound? Sounds like a financial calamity to us. And just as the markets in the US are opening after the holiday weekend? Might be trouble.

          But wait! That’s not all folks. 0h hell n0. Tomorrow, we will be dropping another enormous dump on our next target: the entire customer database from an online military and law enforcement supply store. Bring the pain? Shit, we brought the motherfuckin’ ruckus. You really trying to step this this?

          Of course, this could all be averted. Have you given our comrade Bradley Manning his holiday feast yet, at a fancy restaurant of his choosing? Better make it happen, captain.

          We’ll end today’s LulzXmas festivities by throwing in 25,000 tickets from the online support database. It's probably not as controversial as the contents of their private mail spools that we'll be dropping later, but perhaps it will shed some light on just how clueless this company really is when it comes to database security.  

          Stay tuned ...

          It's time to dump the full 75,000 names, addresses, CCs and md5 hashed passwords to every customer that has ever paid Stratfor.
          But that's not all: we're also dumping ~860,000 usernames, email addresses, and md5 hashed passwords for everyone who's ever registered on Stratfor's site.

          > ...
          > WTF?!?!
          > Did you say 860,000 accounts????
          > Did you notice 50,000 of these email addresses are .mil and .gov?
          > fuck men...we're pretty much screwed up now...tinfoil hat please here..
          > yeah, for the lulz :D/
          > sounds illegal...
          * /me phones police
          > holy shit, like frontal crash at 180mph!!!
          > :P
          > lol xD

          We almost have sympathy for those poor DHS employees and australian billionaires who had their bank accounts looted by the lulz (orly? i just fapped).
          But what did you expect? All our lives we have been robbed blindly and brutalized by corrupted politicians, establishmentarians and government agencies sex shops, and now it's time to take it back.

          Protip: search terms for Pastebin - AntiSec, Lulzmas, Op Hiroshima, and AntiSec LulzXmas

          "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

          by Lisa Lockwood on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 10:00:43 PM PST

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