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Charities May Pay Price for Hacking of Security Firm

(Doug Miller/KHOU)
AUSTIN, Texas—Hackers who cracked into the computer system at an Austin-based security firm say they plan to use stolen credit card information gleaned from a “week of mayhem” to donate $1 million to charity.

But computer experts say the scheme will probably hurt worthy charities, forcing them to invest time and money charging back ill-gotten donations rejected by credit card companies and their customers.

Cybercriminals claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous, a loose confederation of computer hackers, broke into the databases of Stratfor Global Intelligence, a security consulting service renowned worldwide for its analysis of information on everything from Mideast terrorist groups to Mexican drug cartels.  (See full story at KHOU-11 News)

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