Statement From Anonymous On Stratfor Email Database Seizure
In the wake of the recent operation by which Stratfor's servers were compromised, much of the media has focused on the
fact that some participants in the attack chose to use obtained customer credit card numbers to make donations to
charitable causes. Although this aspect of the operation is indeed newsworthy, and, like all things, should be
scrutinized and criticized as necessary, the original purpose and ultimate consequence of the operation has been largely
Stratfor was not breached in order to obtain customer credit card numbers, which the hackers in question could not have
expected to be as easily obtainable as they were. Rather, the operation was pursued in order to obtain the 2.7 million
e-mails that exist on the firm's servers. This wealth of data includes correspondence with untold thousands of contacts
who have spoken to Stratfor's employees off the record over more than a decade. Many of those contacts work for major
corporations within the intelligence and military contracting sectors, government agencies, and other institutions for
which Anonymous and associated parties have developed an interest since February of 2011, when another hack against the
intelligence contractor/security firm HBGary revealed, among many other things, a widespread conspiracy by the Justice
Department, Bank of America, and other parties to attack and discredit Wikileaks and other activist groups. Since that
time, many of us in the movement have dedicated our lives to investigating this state-corporate alliance against the
free information movement. For this and other reasons, operations have been conducted against Booz Allen Hamilton,
Unveillance, NATO, and other relevant institutions. The bulk of what we've uncovered thus far may be reviewed at a wiki
maintained by my group Project PM, echelon2.org.
Although Stratfor is not necessarily among the parties at fault in the larger movement against transparency and
individual liberty, it has long been a "subject of interest" in our necessary investigation. The e-mails obtained before
Christmas Day will vastly improve our ability to continue that investigation and thereby bring to light other instances
of corruption, crime, and deception on the part of certain powerful actors based in the U.S. and elsewhere. Unlike the
various agents of the U.S. Government, the hacking team that obtained this information did not break down the doors of
the target, point guns at children, and shoot down any dogs that might have been present; Anonymous does not resort to
SWAT tactics, and this is simply one of many attributes that separate the movement from the governments that have sought
to end our campaign and imprison our participants. Of course, such points as these will not prevent our movement from
being subjected to harsher scrutiny than is given to those governments which are largely forgiven their more intrusive
tactics by virtue of their status as de facto holders of power in a world that has long been governed in accordance with
the dictate that might makes right.
Incidentally, many of us are more than happy to proceed according to that amoral dictate if we find it to be necessary.
And, increasingly, we have found it to be so.