Stratfor- Global Security Firm Return Online After Security Breach

In the X-Mass days of 2011 U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor was hacked. Hacktivist Anonymous claimed that they have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients. Later they completely denies the phenomena. After the cyber attack Stratfor was down for mroe than 20 days. This Wednesday Texas-based global security consultancy Stratfor said that it was relaunching its online operations. 

George Friedman -- who is the founder, chief intelligence officer and CEO of Stratfor -- disclosed Wednesday that the company had not encrypted personal information before the hacking, which destroyed its servers. "We did not encrypt credit card files," Friedman said in a news release. "This was our failure. As the CEO of Stratfor, I take responsibility. I deeply regret that this occurred and created hardship for our customers and friends."
The company said it would move its entire e-commerce process to a secure third-party system, eliminating the need to store credit card information in-house. Visitors to Stratfor's website were still experiencing problems early Wednesday, with the company blaming heavy traffic in a message to subscribers. 
"We may experience brief service interruptions as we work to handle the high level of interest in the new website. If you have trouble connecting to the new site, please check back again soon," the message said.


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