In December 2011, members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous suggested they’d breached Texas-based intelligence and threat analysis firm Stratfor, goading the company by tweeting “Thanks for storing your customers’ CC/CCV #s in cleartext, w/corresponding addresses. Y u no bother encrypting?” At the time, a security firm laid hands on the stolen data, deducing that 9,000 active credit cards, 27,000 phone numbers and 20,000 “easily cracked” passwords had been dumped into the online wilds. Anonymous members also claimed at the time that they had emails from over 100 company employees and would eventually release them.
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