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Anonymous Nabs 50,000 Credit Card Numbers From Security Think Tank

Analysis of stolen data yields some 44,000 passwords; more than 9,000 credit cards are currently active

Hacktivist group Anonymous stole more than 50,000 credit card numbers, along with a variety of other data, in its hack of private security think tank Stratfor earlier this week, according to analysis of the data.

The identity theft protection firm said it analyzed the data stolen and posted by Anonymous and has come up with the following figures:

• 50,277 unique credit card numbers, of which 9,651 are not expired.

• 86,594 email addresses, of which 47,680 are unique.

• 27,537 phone numbers, of which 25,680 are unique.

• 44,188 encrypted passwords, of which roughly 50 percent could be easily cracked.

• 73.7 percent of decrypted passwords were weak.

•10 percent of decrypted passwords were less than 5 characters long

• 13,973 of the addresses belonged to United States victims; the remainder belonged to individuals from around the world

The hackers claim to have an additional 2.7 million email messages that they have not yet released. Anonymous stated that Stratfor isn’t "the harmless company it tries to paint itself as," and that the emails will show that.

Stratfor has promised to inform the affected customers no later than Dec. 28.

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