Sunday, December 25, 2011
STRATFOR is Taken Down
But STRATFOR was never a "go-to" source for me; I don't think I've linked to them more than a few times, and not in the past two years or so. Their business model has been "pay for what we tell you" and I'm not interested in paying for what it was they were selling. Hence, I'm not being affected by this. They have an old E-mail address, but I did not have an account with them. Whoever did is now sweating bullets.
This sort of thing reflects badly on their organization, but it really shouldn't. All it takes is for one employee to leave the network vulnerable by using a poor password or for one mistake when it comes to establishing security and the whole operation can fall apart.
STRATFOR has fallen apart, and their members are being humiliated and charged money. This may very well destroy them, or at least cripple them and cost them millions in funding. You cannot hold yourself up to be a cutting edge research operation when it would appear that a few hackers have put you squarely on your ass.