Nearly a week after suffering a cyberattack at the hands of hackers claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous, the website for global security think tank Stratfor remained offline as the organization continued its investigation into the matter.
On December 28, four days after the Christmas Eve data security incident, spokesman Kyle Rhodes said Stratfor was waiting until its measures had been properly checked out both internally and by a third-party. Only after the process was complete would the company's website launch again, he said.
"As part of our ongoing internal investigation, we have also decided to delay the launching of our website until a thorough review and adjustment by outside experts can be completed," Rhodes said.
Hackers breached Stratfor's system and stole information on some 4,000 of the think tank's clients. Those responsible posted about their attack on the information-sharing website Pastebin, and the incident was also confirmed on Stratfor's Facebook page.
Despite claims by the cybercriminals of their association with AntiSec – a partnership between hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec – members of Anonymous quickly took steps to distance the loose-knit community of hackers from the attack, according to CNN. Specifically, the group posted its own release on Pastebin.
"Hackers claiming to be Anonymous have distorted this [incident] in order to further their hidden agenda, and some Anons have taken the bait," it read.
Still, Stratfor and its clients continue to feel the tremors of the data breach. In response, the company recently released a statement saying it will grant fraud monitoring protection to the victims of the incident. Victims will have 12 months of access to such services, according to the organization.
"We deeply regret that this event has occurred, and we are working to prevent it from happening again," Stratfor CEO George Friedman told victims in a letter. "Our highest concern is the impact that this has had on you, our loyal members and friends … Please take advantage of this service."
The worst may soon be to come, as the hackers responsible for the attack aren't quite finished. They said are preparing to release the more than 2.7 million emails between Stratfor and its clients that were stolen during the incident. Among the companies appearing on a list already released by the Antisec hackers include Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, Interpol, the U.S. military and the United Nations, among others.
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