Tens of thousands of bank accounts are at risk after the “Anonymous” hackers’ network stole personal data from a U.S. security company and threatened to use the data to make $1 million of charitable donations, the Financial Times reports.
“Several clients of Stratfor, the Texas-based private security company, confirmed that their accounts had been used for unauthorized transactions to charities such as the Red Cross and Save the Children,” the Financial Times writes.
Anonymous also published the security firm’s confidential client list, which includes heavy hitters such as Apple, Barclays, HSBC and BAE Systems. Stratfor has hired external security consultants to investigate the attack and an identity theft monitoring firm to assist victims. “Stratfor has come under criticism from many clients for apparently storing sensitive details unencrypted on its computers, making it far easier for hackers to obtain them,” according to the newspaper.
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