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Swedes targeted in 'Anonymous' hack

Swedes targeted in 'Anonymous' hack

Published: 27 Dec 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Dec 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00

Dozens of Swedes, including staff at government agencies and telecoms giant Ericsson, had their personal data exposed after a breach at US-based security company, reportedly carried out by activist hacking group Anonymous.

According to the Expressen newspaper, information on people employed at Sweden's embassy in Washington, DC, as well as with the  Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt – FRA) and large Swedish companies was included among the data taken from global intelligence company Strategic Forecasting, known as Stratfor, and spread on the internet.

Personal information such as email and credit card details of staff at Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson as well as with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, a government agency focused on improving international conflict and crisis management, was also exposed in the data breach, which took place on December 24th.

“This is a blow against the electronic financial system, and I'm guessing that's what they're trying to get at,” Ingolf Kiesow, a former Swedish ambassador to Kuwait and one of the Swedes whose data was exposed in the attack, told Expressen.

“I hurts confidence in credit card use. You can't use your credit card in the say way any more.”

On Sunday, Stratfor confirmed that information about its clients had been exposed in the hacker attack.

"On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members," the company said in a statement, according to CNN.

"We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed."

While initial reports indicated that activist hacker collective Anonymous was responsible for the attack, another statement circulating on the internet cast doubt on the claim.

“This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous,” read an "Emergency Christmas Anonymous Press Release" dated Christmas Day.

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19:36 December 27, 2011 by sgt_doom
Riiiiiiiiggggghhhhtttt....(regarding that last silly quote). You might wish to read the latest on that, dood:

Anonymous' Barrett Brown speaks: "Stratfor was not breached in order to obtain customer credit card numbers, which the hackers in question could not have expected to be as easily obtainable as they were. Rather, the operation was pursued in order to obtain the 2.7 million e-mails that exist on the firm's servers. This wealth of data includes correspondence with untold thousands of contacts who have spoken to Stratfor's employees off the record over more than a decade. Many of those contacts work for major corporations within the intelligence and military contracting sectors, government agencies, and other institutions for which Anonymous and associated parties have developed an interest since February of 2011, when another hack against the intelligence contractor/security firm HBGary revealed, among many other things, a widespread conspiracy by the Justice Department, Bank of America, and other parties to attack and discredit Wikileaks and other activist groups. Since that time, many of us in the movement have dedicated our lives to investigating this state-corporate alliance against the free information movement. For this and other reasons, operations have been conducted against Booz Allen Hamilton, Unveillance, NATO, and other relevant institutions."

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/anonymous-explains-why-27-million-stratfor-emails-were-hacked
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