In turn, Wikileaks is partnered with 25 magazines and news organisations across the world to help spread the word about what it claims is evidence of corruption in global businesses.
Wikileaks has not named the source of the emails officially, although on its blog are closely associating themselves with the leak. Anonymous have made the claim that ‘government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money.’
‘The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.’ they continued.
The servers of Stratfor, which describes itself as a business/think tank which ‘provides strategic intelligence on global business, economic, security and geopolitical affairs,’ were hacked at the end of 2011.
Statfor’s official statement and reaction to the upcoming Wikileaks expose reads “…thieves compromised Stratfor’s data systems and stole a large number of company emails, along with other private information of Stratfor readers, subscribers and employees…This is a deplorable, unfortunate – and illegal – breach of privacy.”
Wikileaks official statement said “The material contains privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. The emails also expose the revolving door that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States.”
The twitter account @AnonOps also claims that global finance giants Goldman Sachs will be one of the named and shamed corporations, tweeting “Goldman Sachs will be exposed in just a few hours”.
An FBI investigation into the Stratfor hacking has led to several arrests of hackers linked to Annonymous in the UK and the US.
Last week Anonymous announced plans for a regular Friday attack, just to keep everyone on their toes with the announcement that “Each and every Friday Anonymous will be launching attacks… with the specific purpose of wiping as many corrupt corporate and government systems off our internet.”