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Hack Exposes 50,000 Credit Cards And 44,000 Passwords
Online hacking and the fight to stem its growth sometimes doesn’t come off without a hitch; at least this is what online security and monitoring company, Stratfor is finding out.
The company was recently victim of a hacking attack by popular hacking group Anonymous—an attack which when first reported was grossly underestimated. Initially, it was thought that there was no major security breach and most of the data stolen or exposed was insignificant. But how wrong was Stratfor? And what’s worse, it wasn’t even the so-called guardian of ‘internet security’ that discovered the extent of the damage.
Credit for that goes to New York based online identity protection firm, Identity Finder. After Stratfor gave the all-clear, Identity Finder decided to analyse the data, and what they found was staggering. According to their data analysis, a whopping 50,000 credit cards, and 44,000 passwords were compromised in the attack. Also compromised were a reported 86,594 email addresses, of which 47,680 are unique; 27,537 phone numbers, of which 25,680 are unique, and a bevy of other sensitive data.
The examination carried out by Identity Finder revealed Stratfor had very weak verification and validation protection systems in place. This coupled with a general culture of encrypting passwords, contributed in large part to the effects of the attack.
Anonymous of course will always disagree since it believes that the superior hacking skills of its members are robust enough to crack any security setup. That may or not be the case and I for one am in no hurry to prove or disprove it.
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