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Someone claiming to speak – or at least post – on behalf of Antisec has published a threat on Pastebin that they are planning to release e-mails obtained in the Stratfor Global Intelligence break-in.

This post, which along with some Twittter posts has further fuelled the media frenzy surrounding the attack, states that the e-mails “will vastly improve our ability to continue” what the poster claims, perhaps hubristically, is an investigation into “corruption, crime and deception on the part of certain powerful actors based in the US and elsewhere”.

More reliably, the AnonymousIRC Twitter channel has a post stating that “Stratfor is not the harmless company it tries to paint itself as. You’ll see in those e-mails.”

That Twitter channel also directs readers to this Pastebin post, which links the attack to anger over the Bradley Manning trial, boasts of running up individuals’ credit cards, and threatens further attacks.

AnonymousIRC also claimed that Stratfor was storing credit card CCV numbers along with customer data: “If #Stratfor would give a shit about their subscriber info they wouldn’t store CC/CCV numbers in cleartext, with corresponding addresses”, it Tweeted.

The operator/s of that Twitter account are also threatening to use the card data to make charitable donations, something which drew this Twittter response from Boston-based NGO the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group: “Folks pls don’t donate with stolen CC, we get hit $35 per fraud transaction”.

The Courier Mail in Australia is reporting that member of parliament and opposition communications spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull is among the victims of the original data breach. However, Turnbull has told the ABC he believes the published data is out of date.

Billionaire businessman David Smorgon is also listed in the data released on Pastebin. ®

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