13 Jan 2012

Security company apologizes for information leak

After hackers stole thousands of user names, passwords and credit card numbers from Stratfor, a security company based in Austin, Texas, founder and CEO George Friedman apologized and said the matter was a failure on the company's behalf. Stratfor should improve internet security to make sure there are no further breaches in the future.

"We were under no illusion that this was going to be kept secret. We knew our reputation would be damaged by the revelation, all the more so because we had not encrypted the credit card files," Friedman said in an apology email, which said the company was hacked in early December.

Friedman said the company was dismayed that information had been taken and that its servers were destroyed. He said the attack was designed to silence the company by destroying its website and records.

It's still unclear who the hackers were, but there are claims that hacking collective Anonymous was involved. People who have their information on Statfor's website should make sure they are following good methods of internet security to protect themselves.