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WikiLeaks to publish security think tank emails
al Reauters ^ | 2:33 PM Monday Feb 27, 2012

Posted on 02/26/2012 6:00:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said it would begin publishing more than five million emails on Monday from a US-based global security think tank, apparently obtained by hackers.

In its latest high-profile disclosure, WikiLeaks said in a statement it had acquired access to a vast haul of internal and external correspondence of Strategic Forecasting Inc (Stratfor), based in Austin Texas.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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1 posted on 02/26/2012 6:00:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

We really need a Presidential candidate who will take it to the nihilist movements such as Occupy, Anonymous, and Wikileaks.

These groups have left any nobility of cause behind. They attack private individuals, private organizations, and private enterprise now.


2 posted on 02/26/2012 6:04:31 PM PST by magellan
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

national security... must plug the leak

track down all members and contributors of wiki leaks...

plug them.

problem solved.


3 posted on 02/26/2012 6:07:07 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: magellan
Are there no pickup trucks? Are there no chains!

(/s)

4 posted on 02/26/2012 6:07:57 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Any conservative-leaning organization should already be more than aware that their IT security is being studied by Anonymous. For a “think-tank” to not think about this is beyond the pale.

Spend some money on keeping your crud private, if privacy means anything to your business.

Idiots.


5 posted on 02/26/2012 6:09:46 PM PST by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

If there was ever a good non-Al-Qaeda target for a Predator drone or two its these guys. In the old days the CIA would have put these guys away a long time ago.


6 posted on 02/26/2012 6:11:53 PM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: magellan

What you have are a bunch of Anarchists raised on William Gibson novels and the ‘cyberpunk’ ethos.

Wanna know what they do next or how they think Read Neuromancer or Burning Chrome. Pull up the old logs of Alt 2600. Watch Swordfish, Johnny Mnemonic or films of that genre. You are dealing with sci fi geeks with a serious love of a romantacized ‘ethics system’. And the IT/computer skills to pull a lot of it off.


7 posted on 02/26/2012 6:16:18 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: ConservativeMind

Agreed. Any company that of note that puts their stuff online has nothing but hubris. As the ‘leak’ has shown, Stratfor has put our ‘diplomats’ in Pakistan at risk because of their weak security.


8 posted on 02/26/2012 6:18:01 PM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Will the “anti-secrecy” group reveal its sources?


9 posted on 02/26/2012 6:21:54 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: LRoggy
If there was ever a good non-Al-Qaeda target for a Predator drone or two its these guys. In the old days the CIA would have put these guys away a long time ago.

The problem is that you'd have to get them all at the same time. Wikileaks published a huge encrypted file last year which they say is their "insurance policy." The implication is that the dirt in it is so bad that no government could dare try to take them out lest they make public the decryption key.

10 posted on 02/26/2012 6:31:28 PM PST by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Sparticus

Even if you got the actual heads of it, all the fanboys have the ‘key’.

If it’s real info and real ‘bad’, then the US is either at the mercy of pimple-faced geeks who can now control aspects of our policy or ‘we’ have to deal with the fallout of ‘bad’ and move on from there.

That’s a pretty horrid thought to ponder, but when you get right down to it, it’s the reality: Anarchists in control under threat of blackmail.

Killing them all and deal with whatever happens is the far lesser of the ‘evils’ because at some point, just like any other blackmailer, they will demand more than we collectively as a country are willing to or CAN give.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 6:46:00 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I believe that the Obama administration has as it’s goal the weakening and destruction of our country. They’re feeding these things to wikileaks to expose our weaknesses and weaken our national security.


12 posted on 02/26/2012 6:51:00 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Norm Lenhart

Time for the Feds to pull the plug and go low-tech. I bet DOS was before the hackers’ time, heck bet they can’t edit an autoexec bat.


13 posted on 02/26/2012 7:07:00 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: GreatRoad

I had great success with those simple scripts. Of course I had to do it. :^)


14 posted on 02/26/2012 7:09:32 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: sten
national security... must plug the leak

In this instance, it's not a national security issue - Stratfor is a private organization.

Now if Stratfor is gaining access to the government's classified information, then it raises a completely different issue - namely that they are illegally gaining access to classified information.

When this happened, somebody here raised the issue of whether Stratfor was paying folks in the military or government for classified information. If these emails prove that government employees or military personnel are illegally providing Stratfor with classified information, I predict some careers ending and people doing jailtime over this.

And yes, there are people who are dumb enough or bold enough to be using their real names and even their .gov or .mil email addresses.
15 posted on 02/26/2012 7:17:36 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Anti-capitalism at work.

Destroy the economy, and destroy the power. So, they expose the communications on decisions with geo-political, intelligence and economic implictions on a massive scale, and.....

Next, we’ll hear that Wikileaks has the Rothchilds, IG Farben, Rockefellers and Clintons by the short hairs.


16 posted on 02/26/2012 7:20:26 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Let’s see Wikileaks take down Soros. Then, I’ll believe that they’re really anti-capitalist.


17 posted on 02/26/2012 7:22:19 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks E. Pluribus Unum.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 7:32:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: af_vet_rr
lol:

'It is now clear that the "Stratfor Leak" is replete with spies. The "Stratfor Leak" needs further intensive review. Cryptocomb has discovered that Ann Foley (Illegal Russian Spy) was a Stratfor Member. She used her real russian name "Elena Vavilova" (Stupid Move) in her registration, and used her cover name (Ann Foley) as her billing name. Her Stratfor password was "heathfield". Her email address was/is annfoleysvp@hotmail.com'

19 posted on 02/26/2012 7:46:46 PM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: sten

I heard an interview on John Batchelor with the author of a book on the “super-hackers” who had broken into just about every government and financial computer system. The author said that the hackers didn’t go into Russian systems because the Russians had made it very clear that such an attack would result in death, no matter who or where.


20 posted on 02/26/2012 7:47:26 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: magellan

Stratfor? Ha! They just hacked into 5 million pieces of spam and exercises in creative writing. They might as well have hacked the emails of Attorney Odingo Njuba of Lagos, Nigeria, who needs help moving several million dollars from Lagos to London.


21 posted on 02/26/2012 8:02:09 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: VanShuyten
The book is Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You by Misha Glenny.

A summary of the interview is here: http://johnbatchelorshow.com/jb/2012/01/darkmarket-for-all-2012/

22 posted on 02/26/2012 8:12:13 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: af_vet_rr
...I predict some careers ending and people doing jailtime over this...

Zerohedge reporting George Friedman has resigned as Stratfor CEO.

http://www.zerohedge.com/

http://pastebin.com/D7sR4zhT

23 posted on 02/26/2012 8:37:20 PM PST by Tenega
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To: Theoria
'It is now clear that the "Stratfor Leak" is replete with spies. The "Stratfor Leak" needs further intensive review. Cryptocomb has discovered that Ann Foley (Illegal Russian Spy) was a Stratfor Member. She used her real russian name "Elena Vavilova" (Stupid Move) in her registration, and used her cover name (Ann Foley) as her billing name. Her Stratfor password was "heathfield". Her email address was/is annfoleysvp@hotmail.com'

Interesting, but I wonder if she got actual classified information from Stratfor. I will give Stratfor the benefit of the doubt and assume they got their information from careful analysis of events through the media and press releases that anybody with a brain could develop, but if it is something like another FReeper said, and there are people in the government or military selling information to Stratfor, there will be some people in trouble
24 posted on 02/26/2012 8:49:57 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Tenega
Zerohedge reporting George Friedman has resigned as Stratfor CEO.

Surprised he admits that Stratfor didn't have good security. Seems like that would open them up to a lot of lawsuits from their subscribers.
25 posted on 02/26/2012 9:01:23 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

many corporations deal with classified information as part of their function.

all levels of information.


26 posted on 02/26/2012 9:34:18 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This is not the first time they have been hacked, or maybe this is the info that Wikileaks allegedly has:

“STRATFOR’s subscribers list was confidential, and the company’s publicity list includes Fortune 500 companies and international government agencies.[5] The hacker group Operation AntiSec claimed to have made it public on December 24, 2011,[6] however, Stratfor denied that the hack recovered the client list.[7] Stratfor instead claimed that the group only recovered a list of news subscriptions.”


27 posted on 02/26/2012 10:05:55 PM PST by expat1000
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To: sten
many corporations deal with classified information as part of their function.

all levels of information.


Do those corporations sell that information or sell reports based on that information? Because that's what Stratfor does. I'm not aware of any corporations selling classified information to anybody with a pulse and a credit card. At least legally.

The hacking crap - that's a criminal case. They need to catch the guys who did it and file charges against them and throw them in prison. Stratfor's former founder and CEO admitting they didn't have good security - that's a civil case just waiting to be filed by Stratfor subscribers. Chances are Stratfor will fire some people (the wrong people), settle out of court, and continue doing business as usual.

But if it comes out that there are government/military personnel selling information to Stratfor, and that's what being mentioned by people who have seen some of the hacked stuff, that's a completely different matter. That's going to involve both the informants and Stratfor.
28 posted on 02/27/2012 12:50:05 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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