Barrett Brown, the outspoken and unofficial representative of the hacktivist group “Anonymous” wants to clear the air. According to him, Stratfor was not breached in order to obtain customer credit card numbers. That was just gravy, intended to do damage and grab headlines. Rather, the operation was pursued in order to obtain the 2.7 million e-mails that exist on the firm’s servers.
This data includes correspondence with thousands of contacts who have spoken to Stratfor’s employees anonymously, off the record, for 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
Anonymous and associated parties have developed an interest since in these organizations since February of 2011, when another hack against HBGary revealed a “widespread conspiracy” by the Justice Department, Bank of America, and other parties to attack and discredit Wikileaks and other activist groups.