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The Puzzling Case of Stratfor and Anonymous


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. – Anonymous

Dominant Social Theme: Stratfor doesn't support WikiLeaks, but we do.

Free-Market Analysis: Here is a strange case. Anonymous has apparently attacked the famous, web-based Intel-analyzer Stratfor in support of WikiLeaks, and yet WikiLeaks is evidently and obviously (to us anyway) a kind of false-flag facility. We've had our doubts about Anonymous as well. Here's something about Anonymous on Wikipedia:

In January 2011, Anonymous launches DDOS attacks against the Tunisian government websites due to censorship of the Wikileaks documents and the 2010–2011 Tunisian protests ... In January 2011, Anonymous, in response to the 2011 Egyptian protests, attacked Egyptian government websites and voiced support for the people of Egypt ...

This is interesting to us because the only evidence we can find for government hacking involves the Tunisian and Egyptian governments (and maybe Zimbabwe – hard to tell). You would think an anarchic group like Anonymous would be targeting government groups around the world.

There is a good deal of evidence, in fact, that these Middle Eastern and African youth movements are to some extent engineered via the CIA and that AYM is a control group of the US State Department. So why would Anonymous support movements apparently controlled via the Anglosphere? Surely Anonymous gives such movements additional credibility by supporting them. Or is that the point?

Other questions. The security measures in place when it co

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