Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison


Published: 23 November, 2012, 22:17

Jeremy Hammond (AFP Photo / Chicago Police Department)

Jeremy Hammond (AFP Photo / Chicago Police Department)

A pretrial hearing in the case against accused LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond this week ended with the 27-year-old Chicago man being told he could be sentenced to life in prison for compromising the computers of Stratfor.

Judge Loretta Preska told Hammond in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday that he could be sentenced to serve anywhere from 360 months-to-life if convicted on all charges relating to last year’s hack of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose servers were infiltrated by an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Hammond is not likely to take the stand until next year, but so far has been imprisoned for eight months without trial. Legal proceedings in the case might soon be called into question, however, after it’s been revealed that Judge Preska’s husband was a victim of the Stratfor hack.

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STRATFOR, not as neutral as they claim.

I have been a subscriber to STRATFOR for a number of years now, and they make quite a fuss about their non-partizan policy and how they are a geopolitical intelligence forecaster with no judgement on events or groups.

You can imagine my disapointment when I read the following SITREP on today’s stunningly peaceful demonstration in France, were 100 people asked for a national referendum on mosque construction and Islamic immigration. Perfectly reasonable requests given the actions of religious Muslims in France, and the effect immigration is having on French culture. In fact, one could argue that immigration as Europe is doing it might contravene the UN definition of genocide via population replacement. Yet STRATFOR elected to go father than the French media even who referred to the protestors as, “Far-Right” and added ‘extremist’ to the description even though they committed no violence, did not incite violence and gave zero indication of any desire for vioelnce but merely for long-overdue democratic process and an enforcement of the French laws of secularism, ‘Laicite’.

Then, just a couple of hours after I received this one, another SITREP came in describing an attack by Boko Haram today in Nigeria where they murdered 23 people at minimum. Check out the description below:


Get it? A hundred French citizens peacefully demand their democratic rights as specified under French law and disperse without any objection and are “far right extremists”.

But a blood thirsty Islamic supremacists group that has mass murdered hundreds if not thousands of non-combatants especially Christians worshipping peacefully in their churches, are “Islamist Militants”.

I must go over my old articles and see if they refer to the shootings at Fort Hood as “work place violence” because from where I sit, STRATFOR has eaten the Obama pudding.


Two countries have instructed their embassies to have all their nationals leave Lebanon immediatly.

According to Stratfor, both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are urging their nationals to leave Lebanon due to threats of kidnappings of Suni Muslims presumably by Syrian regime loyalists. I’m not 100% clear on the rationale yet but it is interesting that both nations have issued this warning to all their citizens within hours of each other.



STRATFOR: Egyptian unemployment for 15 – 29 YO, 77.5%

Egypt: Unemployment Rate Hits Record High

August 15, 2012 | 0033 GMT

Egypt’s national unemployment rate rose to 12.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012 up from 11.8 percent for the same quarter last year, Egypt’s official statistics agency CAPMAS said Aug. 14, Ahram Online reported. According to CAPMAS, the total number of unemployed Egyptians currently stands at 3.395 million. Unemployment rates for young people — from 15 to 29 years old — hit 77.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

STRATFOR: Sniper murders 7 in Khorug Tajikistan

Four of the murdered were children. The term, ‘recently restive’ was used to describe the area. I suppose “restive” doesn’t mean quite what it sounds like it means as “restive” areas always seem to be places where Muslims are slaughtering people wholesale as opposed to say, a Club Med.

The original SITREP is at WWW.STRATFOR.COM

Increase on religious Islam in Azerbaijan

Here is a short excerpt taken from a STRATFOR report. The increase in mosques is interesting.


in 1991. That year, there were fewer than 40 mosques in Azerbaijan; at present, there are more than 1,700. More important, Islamism also appears to be climbing, as evidenced by increased religious rallies and religious schools.

The reasons for this increase are manifold. Azerbaijan is situated between two traditionally Islamist areas — Iran and Russia’s North Caucasus region — that through various groups are attempting to spread their own versions of Islamism throughout the country. With the rise of these groups comes the concern that their members could destabilize the country through radicalism. Radical Islamism may increase in the long term, but Baku will be able to manage the situation through its security apparatus and through political accommodation with nonviolent groups

Hackers set to publish stolen emails after Stratfor breach

The National Post:

  Dec 27, 2011 – 6:56 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 27, 2011 8:09 PM ET



In the past year, hacker group Anonymous has launched attacks on companies perceived to be enemies of the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

  • Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group said they are getting ready to publish emails stolen from private intelligence analysis firm Strategic Forecasting Inc, whose clients include the U.S. military, Wall Street banks and other corporations.

Strategic Forecasting Inc, which is also known as Stratfor, disclosed over the weekend that its website had been hacked and that some information about its corporate subscribers had been made public.

The hacking group known as Antisec has claimed responsibility for the attack and promised to cause “mayhem” by releasing stolen documents.

Antisec has already published what it claims are the names of thousands of corporate and government customers, as well as email addresses, passwords and credit card numbers of individual subscribers to its services. Customers on the list published by Antisec include Bank of America, Exxon Mobil Corp, Goldman Sachs & Co, Interpol, Thomson Reuters, the U.S. military and the United Nations. Continue Reading →

STRATFOR Hacked by ‘anonymous’

As much as I think ‘anonymous’ are a cross between spoiled children and terrorists, making quasi or under-informed judgments about the world then applying their ‘skills’ at thievery and destruction and vandalism on whoever’s property on the internet and information they decide doesn’t meet their personal criteria of whatever it is that they use as a standard, I think STRATFOR owes a lot of us an apology for sloppy security at their own site, and not informing us directly by email.

I think I shall have to cancel my subscription.


STRATFOR suggests the attack in Belgium today was an Islamist attack

In keeping with my agreement with STRATFOR.COM here are 2 paragraphs from their recent report on the attack in Belgium. Stratfor is an interesting site and for those that can, it is worth the subscription fee. For all, it is well worth getting the 2 week trial they offer free

The Karachi Post in Pakistan claimed that the attack was linked to the sentencing in Liege on Dec. 12 of the family of Sadia Sheikh, who was killed by four family members in October 2007 over her refusal to accept an arranged marriage. A bomb threat was issued Dec. 12 against the court in Liege.

Although police know the identities of at least two of the attackers, they have only released information on one of them — 32-year-old Amrani Nordine, who died in the attack. According to Belgian newspaper Sudpress, Nordine was sentenced to 58 months in prison in 2008 for weapons possession and the cultivation of cannabis. Once the other attackers’ identities are available, we will be able to better determine the motivation for the attack. Regardless, the attack appears to follow STRATFOR’s forecast that jihadists and other militants will move to armed assaults for terrorist attacks.

STRATFOR: The Rising Threat from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Militant Group


with permission.

November 10, 2011


Readers Comment on STRATFOR Reports


By Scott Stewart

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, issued a warning Nov. 5 indicating it had received intelligence that the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram may have been planning to bomb several targets in the Nigerian capital during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid al-Kabir, celebrated Nov. 6-8. The warning specifically mentioned the Hilton, Nicon Luxury and Sheraton hotels as potential targets.

The warning came in the wake of a string of bombings and armed attacks Nov. 4 in the cities of Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum, all of which are located in Nigeria’s northeast. An attack also occurred in the north-central Nigerian city of Kaduna. The sites targeted in the wave of attacks included a military base in Maiduguri and the anti-terrorism court building in Damaturu. Militants reportedly attacked these two sites with suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). The Nigerian Red Cross reported that more than 100 people were killed in the attacks, while some media reports claimed the death toll was at least 150.

According to AFP, a spokesman for Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks Nov. 5 and threatened more attacks targeting the Nigerian government until “security forces stop persecuting our members and vulnerable civilians.” On Nov. 7, a Boko Haram spokesman claimed that his group employed only two suicide operatives in the attacks and not 12 as reported by some media outlets.

Though Eid al-Kabir passed without attacks on Western hotels in Abuja, a deeper examination of Boko Haram is called for, with a specific focus on its rapidly evolving tactical capabilities.


Boko Haram


Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful” in Hausa, was established in 2002 in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state. It has since spread to several other northern and central Nigerian states. The group officially is known as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, Arabic for “group committed to propagating the Prophet’s teachings and jihad.” Some in the country have referred to Boko Haram as the Nigerian Taliban in reference to the group’s call for Shariah throughout Nigeria. (At present, only the northern part of the country adheres to Shariah.) In June, a spokesman claiming to represent Boko Haram amended this demand, instead calling for what the group defines as a stricter form of Shariah in the northern Nigerian states where Shariah already is the law.


The Rising Threat from Nigeria's Boko Haram Militant Group
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With approximately 150 million people, Nigeria is the most populous African country and one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It has some 250 distinct ethnic groups, with the dominant groups being the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa-Fulani, along with a smaller but critical fourth group, the Ijaw. These groups are in constant tension as they attempt to dominate the nation’s politics and the allocation of its natural resources. Approximately half the country is Muslim and half is Christian (though many Nigerians follow traditional religions). As reflected by the adjacent map, which depicts the sites of the Nov. 4 attacks as well as the Nigerian states governed by Shariah, the Muslim population predominates in the north while Christians predominate in the south. The Muslim north is parched and devoid of significant resources (agriculture is the north’s economic mainstay). This contrasts sharply with the economic environment in southern Nigeria, an area that includes Lagos, the country’s vibrant commercial capital and the business hub for much of West Africa, and the Niger Delta region, home to about 90 percent of the country’s large crude oil and natural gas sector.

In addition to ethnic tensions, Nigeria has experienced frequent and intense bursts of sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims, especially in the areas where the two religions overlap, like Jos in the northern tip of Plateau state. This struggle pits the powerful Hausa-Fulani from the north, which tends to be Muslim, against a number of smaller local ethnic groups that tend to be Christian. Indeed, Boko Haram has been involved since its inception in several outbursts of inter-communal violence, including the November 2008 violence that saw some 800 people killed in Jos, the July 2009 violence that saw more than 700 people killed in Jos, and the January 2010 violence in Jos that claimed 450 lives.

Following the July 2009 violence, which brought Boko Haram to the world’s attention, Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf and his deputy, Abubakar Shekau, were both killed. Yusuf died in police custody, allegedly during an escape attempt, though his followers have called his death an extrajudicial execution. Continue Reading →

STRATFOR: On the failure of NEXIA, the Belgium state bank

This doesn’t look good at all. I would post the video here directly but I find that STRATFOR’s embed code causes their videos to auto-play on page load. As I find this supremely annoying, as do most readers here, I’ll just post the link here.

I think Belgium is now in a great deal of trouble. Buy silver and gold. And if you are in Europe, maybe some lead as well.

Muslim group in china takes credit for dozens of innocent deaths

China: Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Xinjiang Attacks

September 8, 2011 STRATFOR

A 10-minute video featuring jihadist militant group Turkistan Islamic Party leader Abdul Shakoor Damla claims responsibility for recent attacks in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, AP reported Sept. 8. In the video which was released in late August, Damla said the attacks — which resulted in the deaths of at least three dozen people — were perpetrated as revenge against the Chinese government. The SITE Intelligence Group said the Turkistan Islamic Party seeks the independence of Xinjiang region.

STRATFOR: Nigeria: 5 Dead, 12 Injured In Sectarian Clashes

How much you want to bet that the “sectarian clashes” are in fact Muslims trumping up a charge and then attacking in ‘retaliation’ for it as they seem to do all over the world.

STRATFOR SITREP: July 20, 2011

Five people died and 12 were severely injured in clashes between Muslim and Christian youths late July 19 in Jos, Nigeria, Capt. Charles Ekeocha, a spokesman for the military task force in charge of local security, said July 20, AFP reported. The riots began in Angwan Rukuba district when Muslim youths protested the murder of a Muslim carpenter they believe was lured to his death by a group of Christian youths, Ekeocha said. Ekeocha said Muslim youths from nearby Nasarawa Gwom district confronted the Christian youths, triggering the clashes.