Anonymous Explains Why 2.7 Million Stratfor Emails Were Hacked

Tyler Durden's picture

Barrett Brown, who has taken on the (seemingly lucrative) role of the public face of hacker group Anonymous, best known recently for breaking into Stratfor's servers, speaks about the logic behind the hacking of 2.7 million email accounts which will likely very soon be made public, in addition to the tens of thousands of credit card numbers and full client details (including home addresses) of Stratfor clients that Anonymous has already released.  

From pastebin:

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 ignored.


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,


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.


Barrett Brown


Project PM

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Conrad Murray's picture

Metal Gear, bitchez.

Oh regional Indian's picture

This Anonymous crap might as well be called  Ananymouse.

Lot's of talk, probably a ton of profit, pay-offs etc.

And look, we take in whatever they say hook line and sinker. Talk abotu a dis-informers paradise.

This is not how disclosure happens. I smell a rat.


kind of like this...


CPL's picture

Well, it's another group under the Anonymous umbrella called SWAG Sec that does this stuff.  Most of us just watch, hunt for information or provide tactical operational support. We are a secondary support system, nothing more, we make sure the information get out instead of staying hidden.  Occasionally we have to tame some of the more insane members that live on nothing but red bull and meth.

SWAG is slightly more aggressive, they want names and places to hunt tptb.  The financial stuff isn't that important to them, out of all the collected groups they are by far the hardest nihilists I've talked with.  They simply hate, and I mean HATE the powers that be.   It's a little disturbing if they roll through channel which is rare as most live online in deep web under TOR and a dozen proxies.


They are the equivalent of the troll under the bridge we are all warned about as children to not go near.  They have their fun but the intent is usually to escalate into something less than benign.  They are part of Anonymous as /b/rothers; feral, insane, a complete lack of a moral compass and they seem to be harder to kill than an NYC cockroach, but they have their roll to play starting next week.



Rollerball's picture

" ... a complete lack of a moral compass ... "

Like the matrix machine(s) creating software viruses in order to create virus prevention/control software?

Yeah, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?  Tell that to Bradley Manning.

But, thanks for the /r/evolutionary update Dr. Darwin. 

CPL's picture

As I said, they are nihilists, they coined the term/meme "not a single fuck was given" and they truly believe it.

People have a strange concept of exactly who Anonymous is, but that's the point.  Most of it starts from the Chaos Computer club two+ decades ago.  If you were online and active in the BBS/FIDO universe and you pirated, you eventually bumped into one of them. Nice guys, you could swap tech ideas, hacking was closer to hardware level, occasionally someone would ask for a hand testing their system or software security.  Sometimes even played cards if the BBS in question had more than one dialup line.

The various chapters got setup across the planet in the early 90's and it's was mostly benign.  Then script kiddies showed up that wanted to act as the crowbars and swords of the groups because of guys like Kevin Mitnik.  Eventually the script kiddies of the 90's became fully grown SWAG Sec members. 


You have to understand most of them were pissed that we didn't pull the trigger for kicking over NYSE and NASDAQ, but from the tools we developed the lab results were not good and it would have be a complete bust as far as an OP goes.  Our estimations were 40% of the group would have been pulled into the drag net, in addition the banks were shit canning our inside guys in the banks.  Still doesn't change the fact that SWAG was pissed off.

Most members were fully aware that if we let them spin themselves into a core group, they would only feed on their own ideas, so most of the groups elected to ask them to stay.  Not to keep an eye on them, but to make sure once a member stopped being angry at the universe they had an online group to transition to.  It's a fairly cult like group and the membership in SWAG is diverse and global; versus the regional plain jane Anonymous groups, the OPs we take credit for reflect the members in the ranks.  We'll hunt child pervs, thieves, knock down scams, we do cooperate with the authorities on this as well.

However as of late, the pedo-ring in DC and hollywood was completely ignored.  This of course blostered the SWAG ranks and regular members are becoming increasingly annoyed with the "authorities" ignoring the detective work laid down by a lot of hard working people.  We're talking everything from photos, video, emails, letters, poloroids.  I understand that the package of evidence delivered to the MSM was just simply ignored. 

Can't see how a 56 year old congressman fucking a 5 year old girl, then an 8 year old boy, then a 10 year old boy can be ignored.  But that's the shape of things right now.  Fucking ridiculous, we had 34 members of congress stone cold with their dicks in kids, and it was completely ignored.  To be honest, I've though about joining but I am not done yet with regular background channels.  Until those are entirely closed I'm going to keep trucking.  Only place I seen anything on it was here and a couple of little back page blurbs in US news.


Otherwise all we can do is store it in the deep web and hide it until something happens that enables justice to be carried out, otherwise, we lose normal and peaceful people to the very seductive call of SWAG.

MsCreant's picture

tips [ at ]

JW n FL's picture



Tyler can not release that kind of info.. JP Morgan would get mad at him!

CPL's picture

I like this site MsCreant, if the MSM doesn't pick up a story and it's out of bounds in terms of financial news, Zerohedge could quickly go down the Infowars path.  We have a our share of batshit crazy, but the site also attracts philiosophers, writers, business people, traders.  Besides if you posted the pedo ring stuff, the website would be shut down as everything abotu the situation and the content "obtained" from the ring itself is vile.


The Tylers and the readers here deserve ZH, myself included in that.  Anonymous will keep shoving it down MSM mouths until we find someone that's pissed and prints it all over the front page.  The human condition is fairly predictable and finding someone with a grudge in the MSM will eventually pay off by the power of large numbers.


Cistercian's picture

The kiddie abuse by the congress members is used to blackmail them by really evil people, the ones who actually run the country.They kill anyone who screws up their plans....asap.I can't emphasize strongly enough how dangerous those bastards would have to not exist to reveal them safely.

  I support efforts to unmask them of course.But calling them dangerous is the understatement of the century.They are EVIL.


eureka's picture

Cistercian -  and who are they - these evil fucks?

Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Hank Paulsen, Jamie Dimon, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Bushes, CIA, Mossad, FNI, HomeLand Security... who who who - a lot here on zerohedge hint that they know, but no one ever provides even a short list or any real evidence.... why... to seem mysterious.... or because it's all fantacy and the very greedy and thus very rich & very evil are really not conspiratorially aligned, but rather synergistically so...?

Or - do they swear allegiance to their old boy networks - when they get inculcated at the Ivy Leagues.... their Skull & Bones and other fratboy networks... - and do those oats of allegiance supercede and wipe out all other allegiances, such as those to their nation, their people, and to principles of justice & freedom for all....?

Who are they?

Stop with the "secrecy", the "mystery", the hints and conspiracy theories - smack the evidence on the table or shut up  - or be known to rational readers as conspiracy morons.

I personally have no doubt that the people I mention above are ultra-selfish and immoral cocksuckers - and the funny thing is that the eidence is in the MSM - clear to anyone to read - and obviously the list of evil cocksuckers goes on and on in the US Empire - as anyone can read in MSM articles and books by people like William Black, Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibi etc etc etc.

However - it is also obvious to me that if any zerohedge reader and or Anonymous or Swag or whomever and whatever groups have any real evidence of specific crimes and evil by US Congress Members and or oligarchs and any of their legions of henchmen - you guys need to provid the evidence - just like Black, Scahil, Taibi et al keeps providing theirs. If you can't or won't - you are morons or trolls.

Bring it on - put it on the table - no more fucking babble from you conspiracy theorists - or shut the fuck up.

MsCreant's picture

Give it to Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone, what a great idea!

CPL's picture

That is a good idea actually.  He's proven himself as reliable and honest.  We were looking for Paul M. Rodrigez from the original Boys Town DC pedo ring since he broke the story in the Washington Post 1989 but we can't find him.  Only records of him left are a handful of scanned front pages from the original DC pedo-ring.


But Matt Taibbi is veritably alive and kicking at Rolling Stone and has experience with dealing with government agencies acting baddy.



Cistercian's picture

This would not be the first time such crimes have surfaced.Google the Franklin cover up and conspiracy of silence about boys town.

  The story is instructive, to say the least.I really liked the plane crash and attacks and bullying of the witnesses in particular.

 But I still am no closer to seeing who exactly pulled the strings....which is kind of the point in a cover-up.

 Saying that posting evidence is dangerous should be apparent.

 I hope it gets posted.



CPL's picture

...and that is exactly why it's ignored.  The fear of Boys Town part 2 reprisals.


Except now it's perfectly legal to make someone disappear with the NDAA, we were attempting to get it out before the legislation passed.  SOPA doesn't help either.

swani's picture

I find this hard to believe, not that there are pedophiles in positions of power, or that they have gotten away with it because they are powerful, I just find it hard to believe that there are people who are supposedly on the side of the 'good', who are in possession of such a smoking gun.

How would these 'activists' have gotten these photos? How do they know that they are real? 

If the MSM are really in possession of un-doctored photos of Congresspeople having sex with children and they have chosen to ignore this, those people would know that if this ever got out, they would be guilty of child endangerment and the reputation of these 'news' organisations would be seriously compromised. 

Wouldn't they try to spin the story instead?

 And while I would put nothing past the MSM, there are human beings working there, most of them have children, and very few people would want to be complicit in the harming of children. Wouldn't someone somewhere, have leaked this information to someone at RT, Press TV, or somewhere else? Wouldn't they have, at least, sent these photos to Alex Jones or Benjamin Fulford, even Anne Barnhart? 

And wouldn't the 'activists' have started, or contacted other groups, like Mothers Against Pedophiles for example, to start a Truth movement about this, like the Architects and Engineers for September 11th Truth? 

I just don't understand how people could possibly possess this kind of 'evidence' and not know how to get it out to as many people as possible. I mean there are so many ways, and if all of those fail, there are always the enemies of your enemies. They could have gotten them to Hugo Chavez for God Sakes! 






AnonymousAnarchist's picture

The doc that was mentioned earlier in this thread...

Conspiracy of Silence (Banned Discovery Channel Documentary).

"Conspiracy of Silence" is a powerful, disturbing documentary revealing a nationwide child abuse and pedophilia ring that leads to the highest levels of government. Featuring intrepid investigator John DeCamp, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran and 16-year Nebraska state senator, "Conspiracy of Silence" reveals how rogue elements at all levels of government have been involved in systematic child abuse and pedophilia to feed the base desires of key politicians.

So why have you never heard of the Franklin cover-up? Originally scheduled to air in May of 1994 on the Discovery Channel, "Conspiracy of Silence" was yanked at the last minute due to formidable pressure applied by top politicians. Some very powerful people did not want you to watch this documentary.

Malachi Constant's picture

I -1'ed your comment, because of propaganda of panic.

how dangerous these bastards are ... They are EVIL.

No they are not. They are as human as the next guy. You want to paint them as undefeatable, but they are not.

Look at what's going on a boxing ring. Instead of hanging heads in pessimism, we should look for vulnerabilities and stay positive. Size does not matter - determination does.

Waffen's picture

Bullshit. If there are pictures, all need be done I post them on some image boards. Hell make some zip files and put them on mega download.

If they do exist it's your duty to get them inp the public record.

Give them to Alex jones for example.

CPL's picture

That's where the stuff started from.  A image board picture surfaced, someone recognized a face, screenshotted, then all hell broke lose.

CPL's picture

By image board I mean Onionchan.  Not the Orgs.

I did it by Occident's picture

but that would completely discredit our fine institution (congress)! 

 Oh, wait, they are already discredited.  But what you describe would discredit it to the nth degree.  The approval rate of congress is 11%.  I wonder how low it has to go before they lose auctoritas patrum and thus legitimacy to rule.  Then things will really get interesting.

CPL's picture

You see the issue then.


This is about damage control and I'm not talking political capital.  The original boys town pedo-ring in DC made a lot of people vanish, now it's story that has vanished except for the handful of wackadoo christains that own the original scans from the news papers.  Only place it exists in anyway shape or form is in the blog universe.


OWS was difficult enough trying to keep people from bringing guns.   This...I would turn a saint to sinner quickly enough.

Shizzmoney's picture

In short, someone will stop getting paid.

Appreciate all ya'll do.  It's nice to know that some hackers are on the people's side.

holdbuysell's picture

Thanks, CPL. Your posts make me think twice about movies such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the author's untimely death.

Optimusprime's picture

Girl With Dragon Tattoo is unmitigated leftist bullshit from beginning to end.  Read Andrew Hamilton's reviews.

The rapes in Scandinavia are virtually 100% Brown-immigrant-rapes-white girl.  FACT.

chindit13's picture

What about going hardcopy?  Print papers and stuff them in those free newspaper mailboxes in every major city (even DC has them) that usually are just local real estate listings.  Metro stations are full of them.  The world will get out.  There is always a Woodward or Bernstein who isn't afraid to take on TPTB, either as a public service or ego gratification/awards....doesn't matter why.  I think the oft mentioned "threats" are more hyperbole than reality.  Woodward and Bernstein took down a sitting President and are still alive today to talk about it. 

CPL's picture

Fingerprints/hair/spit on materials delivered, printers and photocopiers all have hidden serials burned into every document, prints and video copies as well.


Easier just putting a gun in one's mouth and pulling the trigger.  Faster too.

buyingsterling's picture


You've got pictures of 34 congressmen having sex with children? I don't doubt there are pedos in congress, but I think you're full of shit about having these pictures (by you I don't mean you personally, but the group). There are dozens of effective ways of getting this information into the public sphere. Send your pics to Tom Coburn, Pat Buchanan, Bay Buchanan, Alan Keyes(!), National Enquirer, Phyllis Schlafly, William Banzai, Tyler, etc. One will get it out. There's no reason aside from political calculation or blackmailing the pedos to hold this information. If you're doing that, your putting more kids at risk letting the pedos stay free.

robobbob's picture

So you're a player, and I'm nobody, so maybe you could explain it in smaller words.

We're out here with spitballs and plastic swords trying to take down giants. We start telling people about FEDs, CBs, TPTB, and the great Ponzi, and even if they don't look at you like you have three heads, and ask for evidence, you have to go into an eye glazing fifteen minute warm-up dissertation to just try to even explain it.

And you're sitting there armed with a neutron bomb?

Good god man. Do you realize what people went though at Omaha beach? Or Valley Forge? Or Selma? People have died for truth. Not for corruption. Not for a bunch of oligarchs. And sure as hell not for a bunch of pedi-freaks. What, you're going to wait until the internet kill switch is complete then decide to do something? Or is the plan to play the leverage game? If so, then you've already delivered one hell of a lever straight into the hands of the same damn corrupt incestuous deviants you're against. what do you think they're buying with that information?

The MSM might bury it, but there are just toooo many avenues on the internet. Words can be dismissed, but photos? they would be unstoppable. The MSM buried the "weiner" story, until people saw the offending "member" with their own eyes. And then, all the kings spinmeisters could'ld save him.

step up. push the button.

The Heart's picture

Well, with the fast growing traction getting efforts to RECALL ALL SENATORS AND CONGRESS that voted on the NDAA, it would be a good tip to the groups involved to expose.

Waffen's picture

If this is true, then there is no, I repeat no excuse to not release this to the public.

By keeping the records hidden while the "watchers" won't act on it, then you are just as to blame. Our libirties are being completely stripped from us and yet you et al do not expose it?


CPL's picture

It has been delivered, for over a year the OP has run.  If it's a bunch of suburban slobs, the MSM picks it up and delivers credit.  This one to impossible...until we find someone that's pissed and is in a mood to commit career suicide.  and more than likely get black bagged.


There's even a article on ZH somewhere about it.



Waffen's picture

I have never heard of it, and I troll the image boards. This means that the approach of the op is a ridiculous failure. It is not that difficult to spread something to the public. We all want justice, we just need the ammunition and y'all are falling in this regard.

eureka's picture

"the OP has run"

I dare you : I think you're a pretensious little knucklehead - or a troll/FBI/CIA.

"the OP has run" - give me a fucking break.

You think you're so cool, don't you?

I think you're ridiculous.

Who do you think you can impress with your secrecy?

Isn't secrecy what you villify - so why be play secret yourself?

Put up - or shut up.

CPL's picture

Get in channel junior.


Meet you on Onionchan.

eureka's picture

ever mysterious, huh - the onionchan front page looks like a stealth porn site - but suit yourself...

I think zerohedge is intended as a finance and finance related political philosophy site... i.e. a forum for rational arguments with zero hedges of mystery, secrecy, hinted but unstated insights and other assorted pretensions

like I said - put facts, analysis and argued opinions on the table - and take the nonsense elsewhere or be ignored and knwon as a cook

CPL's picture

Still waiting for you to show up.

CPL's picture

Here's the address in case you misplaced it.



eureka's picture

server not found

publish your info if you dare - and if not, don't dare publish it - don't publish that you have it.

catacl1sm's picture

eureka, I think you need to be on TOR to get to .onion addreses. It doesn't work on the regularz old internetz.

JW n FL's picture



how many non-hackers are part of ANON?

how many non-hacking ANON members dont even realize they are part of the movement?

how many of us are there verse how many of them?

we out number them and their Police Forces.

we just havent figured it out yet.

we just arent motivted enough yet.

I have been waiting for the idiot police to fuck up and gun down a bunch of Children like the Amry Reserves did to the Kent State Students.

I am not alone in waiting for the Government to be so bold as to gun down peaceful children on my watch.

I am not the only Southern Man.. who would consider that the act to be the straw that broke the Governments back.

All out war between the Many and the Few is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much closer than anyone here wants to know.

here's a thought.. instead of the police chasing.. imagine the police being chased?

those Bunkers for the Government Lobby Whores are for a reason..

the math of We the People v thier Meter Maids Dressed Up Like Marines has NEVER been in thier favor.

Thusly! Bunkers were built!

and We the People are to fucking stuppid to chase the real people pulling the strings.. only those puppets in Washington DC will be chased down right? WRONG!

maybe the majority of idiots will be chasing T.V. Puppets.. But Not All People will be chasing thier tails.

The Many have Suffer at the Hand of thr Few for TOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUCKING LONG!

and pay back will be sooooo veryyyyy sweeeet.

eureka's picture

"we had 34 members of congress stone cold with their dicks in kids, and it was completely ignored"

I dare you and your friends to post your aledged evidence on your own websites - and provide links here and everywhere else you can think of - i.e. stop depending on MSM to distribute your info - i.e. stop being victims of MSM and TPTB.

I guarantee MSM will follow up on such proprietary postings. 

And to everyone else who reads zerohedge - AND keeps tapdancing around moral imperatives: who do you think makes you dance...? Evil is evil and must be destroyed - STOP TAPDANCING ALREADY!

Expose and destroy all evil - or be a moral tapdancer - i.e. a loser - i.e. complicit with evil.

Waffen's picture

I think he is full of shit. I do not doubt that such pictures exist to blackmail these guys. I just doubt their existence in the hands of anon. If they were they would have to be known by the non mainstream by now.

Smells like bullshit. So far hackers, wikileaks etc have delivered an apache shooting kids and that's it.

FeralSerf's picture

<<I guarantee MSM will follow up on such proprietary postings. >>

Nonsense!  Remember 9/11?  How much evidence has been sent to the MSM that has been ignored about the worst threat to Americans' freedoms?  People die from being whistleblowers nowadays.  They're not rewarded.

buyingsterling's picture

Bad example. The 'media' hasn't been preaching about how pure the people in congress are, so they don't have to look like hypocrites, like they do on 9.11.

Cathartes Aura's picture

"the media" deals in fluff - where's the reporting on the daily aerosoling of NATO country skies?  weather"men" have occasionally slipped up and mentioned it - where's the investigative story?  where's the reporting on GMO related health scares?  or even the percentages of GMO grains in the food supply?  where's the "media" reports about the new engineered super-flu about to be made known to the science boys?  where are the stories - which you can read online - about global biowarfare?

the "media" is cartoons for people who can't turn off the teevee, addicts.

CPL's picture

If you want to release it, then get your group together and we will hand it over and you may take full credit but make completely sure you know what you are asking for.

eureka's picture

CPL - are you talking to me?

If so - obviously I cannot know what I am "asking for" from you, because you are only hinting at what evidence you possess, of affairs that may be ancient - or do you have evidence of 30 plus current congress members engaging in pedophelia - and if so, why would you "hand it over" to an insignificant zerohedge reader when you could easily copy your info & evidence and mail it to all the world's biggest media outlets including those based in nations hostile to US dominance of their nations and cultures?

You make no sense what so ever. Gobble, gobble. Over and out.

CPL's picture

...then come into onion chan IRC and I'll give you the key and location.


You can have it, you seem to have a solid grasp of the situation and the minerals to execute the task.

eureka's picture

CPL - You persist in playing at once enlightened and ignorant.

If you are the carrier of secret knowledge why do you not have the courage to reveal it yourself ? 

Why do you want some else, who doesn't understand what you are talking about, because you speak in code and strange acronyms, to reveal your knowledge to the world?

You know the freedom-&-truth-loving axiom:  IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE WELL - DO IT YOURSELF !

You want the world to know what you know !

Why don't you follow the principle of truth you aledge to serve - publish the info you want the world to see? 

Why do you want an uninitiated third party to assume the risk of fulfilling your cause?

Can any man expect any respect and credibility from a veiled and cowardly stance?

Any further gobble gooble from you will remain unanswered - becuase it is revealed as nothing but such.