Hackers Set to Dump Intel-Analysis Firm's Emails; Stratfor's Clients Include Federal Agencies, Corporations

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Hackers Set to Dump Intel-Analysis Firm's Emails; Stratfor's Clients Include Federal Agencies, Corporations


Byline: Kristina Wong, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Security analysts are bracing for the release of millions of emails that computer hackers stole from a U.S. intelligence-analysis firm whose clients include federal agencies, large corporations and foreign countries.

The emails could reveal sensitive material to foreign spy agencies and corporate rivals about Stratfor's clients, which include employees of the Pentagon, Bank of America and the Austrian armed forces, among others.

The hackers, identifying themselves as part of the collective Anonymous, warn they will soon release more than 3.3 million emails and information about Stratfor's website subscribers. They already have released names, website logins, passwords and credit card information for more than 50,000 subscribers whose names begin with A through M, and promise the release of N through Z.

The repercussions from the Stratfor emails could be as far reaching as the WikiLeaks release of 250,000 State Department cables, said cybersecurity expert Richard Stiennon, who blogs at ThreatChaos.com.

In addition, the emails can be used to reveal identities and secret assignments, he said. If a general or colonel has a secret responsibility, these could reveal that person's job and responsibility or particular project.

An unofficial spokesman for the hackers, Barrett Brown, solicited volunteers online Tuesday, posting that 3.3 million emails between some of the most powerful men in the world are about to be released.

Please prepare to help search through them.

During an online chat late Wednesday, he said the emails would be released within the next day or two.

A Stratfor spokesman said Thursday the company is aware of the hackers' claims, which it could not verify. …

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