Update: December 25, 2011: There’s a press release stating this was not the work of Anonymous, from Anonymous. See it after the break.
Emergency Christmas Anonymous Press Release
THE STRATFOR HACK IS NOT THE WORK OF ANONYMOUS
Stratfor is an open source intelligence agency, publishing daily reports on data collected from the open internet. Hackers claiming to be Anonymous have distorted this truth in order to further their hidden agenda, and some Anons have taken the bait.
The leaked client list represents subscribers to a daily publication which is the primary service of Stratfor. Stratfor analysts are widely considered to be extremely unbiased. Anonymous does not attack media sources. In this excerpt from Time, there is a brief description of how Stratfor analysts uncovered a possible US backed coup in Iraq preceding the US invasion.
“In the past month Stratfor has drawn attention to a carefully assembled open-source report that asserted that last month’s attack on Iraq wasn’t intended just to punish Saddam Hussein for blowing off U.N. weapons inspectors. By sorting through thousands of pieces of publicly available data–from Middle East newspapers to Iraqi-dissident news–Stratfor analysts developed a theory that the attacks were actually designed to mask a failed U.S.-backed coup. In two striking, contrarian intelligence briefs released on the Internet on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, Stratfor argued that Saddam’s lightning restructuring of the Iraqi military, followed by executions of the army’s Third Corps commanders, was evidence that the coup had been suppressed. Predictably, U.S. officials said the report was wrong.”
Stratfor has been purposefully misrepresented by these so-called Anons and portrayed in false light as a company which engages in activity similar to HBGary. Sabu and his crew are nothing more than opportunistic attention whores who are possibly agent provocateurs. As a media source, Stratfor’s work is protected by the freedom of press, a principle which Anonymous values greatly.
This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous.
We are Anonymous
We do not forgive
We do not forget
I don’t know who to believe now aside from the hack having happened, as shown by the contemporaneous screensnap I grabbed and published here.
Second Update: December 25, 2011: