Did Anonymous make donations to charity using stolen credit card info?

By on December 26, 2011, 10:30 AM

Hacktivist group Anonymous reportedly claims to have stolen 200GB worth of email and credit card data in what is being called a weeklong, Christmas-inspired attack on multiple targets. The hacking movement plans to steal $1 million and give the money away as Christmas donations. That is, of course, depending on whom you believe.

Anonymous’ first target was Strategic Forecasting, known as Stratfor, a US-based security think tank whose client list includes the US Air Force, the US Army and the Miami Police Department. An email to Reuters on Sunday indicates that the site’s servers and email were suspended as soon as the breach was recognized. As of writing, Austin-based Stratfor’s website is down “for maintenance” and a brief message encourages visitors to check back soon.

One of the victims, Alan Barr, was contacted by an AP reported to comment on the story but was unaware of the unauthorized charges to his credit card beforehand. According to Barr, all of the donations were to charities: the Red Cross, CARE and Save the Children.

The group also claims to have information from several other companies including banks, law enforcement agencies, defense contractors and tech companies including Apple and Microsoft.

To complicate matters, some outlets are claiming that Anonymous had nothing to do with this attack. A press release found here says the Stratfor hack is not the work of Anonymous. Posts on the @Anon_Central Twitter account claim the “hack is a desperate attempt to gain attention by anonops. We don't hurt the innocent and steal their credit cards”. Yet posts from the Twitter feed of @AnonymousIRC seem to paint quite the opposite picture. TG Daily reports that the attack could be linked to Sabu of LulzSec fame.




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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If this group does not want credit for work done by anyone anonymous, they should decide to choose a name. Until then the credit will go to anonymous and yes this group is included.

Any personal or group identification used for separation and the term anonymous is no longer relevant. Anonymous is anonymous and anyone that falls into this category is a party to the whole group.

If you don't want to be identified with the rest of the nameless, get a name.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

(sigh) All this pretense of Anonymous - or whomever - trying to paint themselves as some sort of good guy Robin Hoods is asinine. They're nothing more than loser, pimply-faced script kiddies, with zero social skills, living in their Mom's basement wrecking havoc and stealing digital data simply because they have the time and knowledge to do it.

They've already caught a few of them, hope they catch the rest and throw them in the prison general population yard for a few decades so they can find out what "real" socialization is the hard way.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

TomSEA said:

(sigh) All this pretense of Anonymous - or whomever - trying to paint themselves as some sort of good guy Robin Hoods is asinine. They're nothing more than loser, pimply-faced script kiddies, with zero social skills, living in their Mom's basement wrecking havoc and stealing digital data simply because they have the time and knowledge to do it.

They've already caught a few of them, hope they catch the rest and throw them in the prison general population yard for a few decades so they can find out what "real" socialization is the hard way.

Oh dear this made me chucke. Script Kiddies, you imply as if you knew more then them which you most likely don't. If they are really hacking all these corporations they are hardly script kiddies.

fimbles fimbles said:

I like anonymous.

A few of the companys mentioned particulary,bill gates and microsoft give a tremendous amount to charity already.

Pointless publicity hack guys. Stick with the real problems.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"..you imply as if you knew more then them which you most likely don't."

I wouldn't make broad assumptions like that artix - makes you look foolish. These script kiddies are targeting agencies with poor security practices, nothing more. They really want to strut their stuff? Let's see them hack Iran's nuclear program or go after the Chinese hackers who are also routinely hacking agencies with poor security practices.

fimbles fimbles said:

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Iran is in the works. china coming soon

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

Artix : "..you imply as if you knew more then them which you most likely don't."

TomSEA: "I wouldn't make broad assumptions like that artix - makes you look foolish."

TomSEA: "They're nothing more than loser, pimply-faced script kiddies, with zero social skills, living in their Mom's basement wrecking havoc and stealing digital data simply because they have the time and knowledge to do it."

What was that about BROAD ASSUMPTIONS? Feeling foolish yet Tom?

Guest said:

@TomSEA, You have no idea what you;re talking about, but this thread dosen't need me saying it to know its true. As far as your massively ignorant and gross generalization, you've made an *** of yourself and really dont need anyone to point that out.

Guest said:

@TomSEA - the fact you used the word "Script Kiddies" says it all. You have no idea what you are talking about. Whoever is behind the "hactivity" has the right idea: steal money from the ultra rich and give to the mega poor. These people are not hackers, they are just exploiting the weakness of people who think they are invincible and in turn giving to the exploited weak. I only wish I could be a part of something like this.

Guest said:

That's quite alright, bankers buy politicians with stolen taxpayer money, I'd say we're even...

Guest said:

I think this might not be all that bad! I mean. After religion failed, capitalism failed, democracy failed, communism failed, socialism failed; maybe massive hacking and re-distribution of wealth by smarter people than the %1 whom control everything is not all a bad thing. The %1 show to fail miserably at creating prosperous conditions for all, in the contrary they follow a regime of self enrichment at the expense of others. If a corporation cannot produce gaining than it is considered not worth it and dissolved. Corporations are counter productive to the prosperity of all in that because they don't want to close they often cut corners and use abusive and unfair practices which most times hurt smaller guys. The only property a corporation seeks is to itself. If the people don't want to unnecessarily suffer then I guess that supporting measures that will force the "%1" to change practices might be good?

Guest said:

My Main concern where the Hackers are concerned is less the damage they do to multi-billion dollar companys then it is to the regular joe who gets caught up in the drama. I agree with a previous poster. Dammit start tackling the countrys who are hacking us. They can still defend against inbound attacks w/o telling us who they are. I would love to see an article here where our hacker group completly exposes all the other countrys who have been attacking us and gives us definate proof we can take to these goverments and say STOP! You have been caught.

Guest said:

"They're trying to hurt banks and big corporations, they're really hurting just people," said Barr, quoted in another news-site

Thank you, Mr. Barr, for clarifying that banks and big corporations are not people. That's a step in the right direction.

Guest said:

@TomSea

After a year or more, it's hard to believe real people are still writing this way. Is this an HBGary sock-puppet or what?

BORG LOCUTIS said:

They made the 1%er's have a charitable heart-they get the oz "tin-woodman" award-wear the heart on a chain proudly!!!!

BORG LOCUTIS said:

The average joe is never the target-and when we marxist's take the cannons and revolution to the corrupting thugs and level the government-we will not be hanging "the average joe" either! The corporations know this-because we are sizing their necks only for the hanging noose!

Guest said:

first off this group is not going to steal to get their way

and people accusing anonymous are the same people trying to disband them so that no one trusts them and no one stands beside them when the time to stand up to the government comes. why i do not under stand why accusations like these against a group who is against the government devious was wouldnt alert anyone? i mean why not get THE MEDIA TO SAY THIS. people would believe anything and by getting rid of a group like anonymous then that is one less threat the government has to worry about open your eyes people and see what's going on here. i will just leave with this anonymous did not do this it is just a story blaming them no such hacking happened. i know this because it would have appered on all government files and did they or did you just hear it off of the news?

Guest said:

They also specifically target people that post negative comments about them on random forums and sites like this, so...

Eddo22 said:

Two wrongs don't make a right. They never have and they never will.

Guest said:

the 1% they are stealing from is everyday folks who probably could be users of said charities :) Silly techspotties!

treetops treetops said:

Eddo22 said:

Two wrongs don't make a right. They never have and they never will.

Yeah and 2 rights dont make a wrong! All I know is I was happy to see them shut down the Egyptian government for 2 days or so during the rebellion. Then there are all the other shenanigans they pull or are accused of pulling which makes for some entertaining news articles.

P.s. I don't like dictators who mass murder and enticingly cleanse.

Guest said:

And how is it that you know all these things you can't possibly know?

Guest said:

Glad to see the Season of Joy is still within the hearts of everyone ;)

andy06shake said:

Hack the Planet!!!

Guest said:

Losers. Aholes. Cowards. Liars. Cheats. Douchbags.

Zilpha Zilpha said:

So many of you just don't 'get' it.

Guest said:

But there are times when injustice is so pervasive that good people have no choice but to stand up to it. If I see somebody about to be killed, and the only way to stop the perpetrator is to harm him, I WILL do it. I will not stand idly by and watch. If you can do that, and live with yourself, you're not a complete human being, and you're an accessory to a crime.

Guest said:

Time to sit back and laugh, these "hacktivists" have made themselves targets, you do not steal money from goverment agency accounts nor from the sort of people who put the information stratfor sells to serious use without payback. These guys will be found and and charged if they are lucky, some of the people searching are not fussy about using violence to retrieve what is theirs.

Guest said:

You should educate yourself before passing such loose comments. Anonymous did hack HBGary, which was "The most" reputed security firm!

andy06shake said:

Anonymous are fighting the good fight people! There are doing what all of us should be doing, destroying/sabotaging the Illuminati corporate scum that is attempting to impose an orwellian one world society on this fine planet!

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