Stratfor back online after cyberhack

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LONDON (AP) — Security analysis firm Stratfor has relaunched its website after cyber hackers brought down its servers and stole thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to the company’s clients over Christmas.

Stratfor acknowledged Wednesday that the company had not encrypted credit-card files — calling it a “failure” and saying it has decided to move its entire e-commerce process to a third-party system, which will eliminate the need to store credit information.

Stratfor previously had declined to say if information was encrypted in its database, as was suggested by members of the loose-knit hacking collective Anonymous, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Stratfor’s website went down over Christmas and was relaunched early Wednesday morning.