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Stratfor
Stratfor
is an American geopolitical intelligence platform and publisher founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas, by George Friedman, who was the company's chairman. Chip Harmon[2] was appointed as president in February of 2018. Fred Burton is Stratfor's chief security officer. Other executives include Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon, Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker, former U.S. Special
Special
Operations Command officer Bret Boyd, vice president of custom intelligence services;[3] and Editor-in-Chief David Judson.[4]

Contents

1 Products 2 Books and media 3 Subscribers 4 Funding 5 Incidents

5.1 2011 hacking incident 5.2 2012 leak

6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Products[edit]

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Stratfor
Stratfor
bills itself as a geopolitical intelligence platform, with revenues derived from individual and enterprise subscriptions to Stratfor
Stratfor
Worldview, its online publication, and from advisory work for corporate clients. Stratfor
Stratfor
has published a daily intelligence briefing since its inception in 1996. Its rise to prominence occurred with the release of its Kosovo
Kosovo
Crisis Center during the 1999 NATO
NATO
airstrikes over Kosovo, which led to publicity in Time magazine, Texas Monthly, and other publications.[5] Before the end of 1999, however, Stratfor
Stratfor
had introduced a subscription service through which it offered the majority of its analyses. At the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Stratfor
Stratfor
made its "breaking news" paragraphs, as well as some notable analyses predicting likely actions to be taken by al-Qaeda and the Bush administration, available freely to the public. Stratfor's publishing business includes written and multimedia analysis on Stratfor
Stratfor
Worldview and an iPhone and Android mobile application.[6] Stratfor
Stratfor
Threat Lens, an enterprise level product launched in September 2016, offers specific insight and analysis to support corporate security leaders. Some of Stratfor's work remains available free to the public.[7] Books and media[edit] Stratfor
Stratfor
has published collections of analysis in paperback and as e-books on a variety of topics. Topics include user guides to personal security,[8] the "devolution of jihadism," and the U.S. war in Afghanistan, according to a series of promotional videos on the company's YouTube channel. Apparently, at one point, the books were sold through a storefront on the company's website. Stratfor
Stratfor
e-books and long form analyses are now available through a dedicated, on-site store. A number of the company's top analysts have published books in their own name. Notable among these are founder George Friedman
George Friedman
and vice president for intelligence Fred Burton. Kamran Bokhari, Stratfor's former vice president for Middle East and South Asian
South Asian
affairs, is the author (with Farid Senzai) of Political Islam in the Age of Democratization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Reviewer Amani el Sehrawey called the book "an invaluable tool for those seeking to gain knowledge of the nuances of the political systems of the Muslim world from a historical perspective, as well as to understand the contemporary changes happening in the region."[9] Barron's once referred to Stratfor
Stratfor
as "The Shadow CIA".[10] Barrons' Jonathan Laing has called Friedman "one of our favorite experts on geopolitics," saying, "His judgments tend to be more nuanced and long-term than those of the press or Wall Street."[11] More recently, The Atlantic's James Fallows
James Fallows
referenced a Stratfor
Stratfor
article on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Ukraine, following outbreaks of turmoil in those regions.[12] Friedman resigned from the company in 2015 to launch a new company, Geopolitical Futures.[13] Subscribers[edit] The subscribers list for Stratfor
Stratfor
is confidential. The company's publicity list includes Fortune 500
Fortune 500
companies and international government agencies.[14] The hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec claimed to have made it public on December 24, 2011 as part of Operation AntiSec. However, Stratfor
Stratfor
denied that the hack recovered the client list.[15] Stratfor
Stratfor
claimed that the group recovered only a list of news subscriptions. Funding[edit] In October 2015, Stratfor
Stratfor
raised $12-million in funding through a growth equity investment by Dallas-based Teakwood Capital.[16] Stratfor's plan for the funding includes expanding its intelligence networks, enhancing operational infrastructure and moving into frontier markets.[1] Incidents[edit] 2011 hacking incident[edit] It was reported on December 24, 2011 that members of Anonymous had stolen e-mail messages and credit card data from Stratfor's website.[17] According to the one page that remained published at Stratfor's website, its status was reported as "Site is currently undergoing maintenance[:] Please check back soon".[18] The hackers claimed to have used stolen credit card information to make donations to various charities exceeding one million dollars.[18] The hackers also claimed to have retrieved more than 200 gigabytes of data,[19] and the list of the leaked accounts has been made available online for users to check if they are affected.[20] The group initially posted three sets of stolen credit card data, one containing 3,956 items and the other 13,191 items.[15] Next, they posted a set of more than 30,000 items.[21][22] In November 2013, computer hacker Jeremy Hammond
Jeremy Hammond
was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for his role in the Anonymous attack.[23] An FBI informant, Hector Xavier Monsegur (also known as "Sabu"), initially faced 124 years in prison for his role in the attack, but his sentence was reduced to time served plus one year's supervised release in May 2014 in exchange for his cooperation as an FBI informant.[24] 2012 leak[edit] Main article: 2012 Stratfor
Stratfor
email leak WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
announced the initial publication of more than five million of Stratfor's e-mail messages on February 26, 2012.[25] Anonymous claimed to have provided WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
with the data.[26] George Friedman stated that third parties may have forged or altered the e-mail messages, but that Stratfor
Stratfor
would not validate either alterations or authenticity.[27] Stratfor
Stratfor
condemned the release as "deplorable".[28] Journalist Amy Goodman, writing in The Guardian, referred to the first published leaks of Stratfor
Stratfor
material as peering into an "intelligence-industrial complex".[29] References[edit]

^ a b "Austin's Stratfor
Stratfor
raises $12 million to fund growth". Mystatesman. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.  ^ " Stratfor
Stratfor
Appoints Chip Harmon as President to Lead Next Phase of Growth". Stratfor. Retrieved 2018-03-01.  ^ Boyd, Bret. "Bret Boyd". Stratfor
Stratfor
(Vice President of Custom Intelligence Services). Retrieved 26 June 2014.  ^ "Executives". Stratfor. Retrieved 26 June 2014.  ^ "Spies Like Us", Time, January 25, 1999 ^ Stratfor
Stratfor
products ^ "Stratfor's Free Intelligence Reports". Stratfor. Retrieved June 29, 2013.  ^ Cofall, Dan (April 19, 2010). "The Wall Street Shuffle". NorAm Asset Management. Retrieved 9 July 2014.  ^ El Sehrawey, Amani. "Book Review: Political Islam in the Age of Democratization by Kamran Bokhari and Farid Senzai". European Politics and Policy. London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 9 July 2014.  ^ Laing, Jonathan R. (October 15, 2001). "The Shadow CIA". Barron's magazine. Retrieved December 19, 2010.  (read complete article Archived 2011-06-01 at the Wayback Machine.) ^ Laing, Jonathan (16 August 2014). "Putin's Big Miscalculation". Barrons. Retrieved 19 August 2014.  ^ Fallows, James (June 24, 2014). " Stratfor
Stratfor
on American Grand Strategy in Iraq and Ukraine". National correspondent. The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 July 2014.  ^ Pope, Colin (December 3, 2015). " Stratfor
Stratfor
Founder George Friedman Starts Media Business," Austin Business Journal. https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2015/12/03/stratfor-founder-george-friedman-forms.html ^ "Brazil Oil Finds May End Reliance on Middle East, Zeihan Says". Bloomberg. April 23, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2008.  ^ a b John P Mello (December 26, 2011). "Confidential Client List Safe from Anonymous, Says Hacker Target". PCWorld. Retrieved December 26, 2011.  ^ "Austin security firm raises $12M, plans C-suite hire". Bizjournals. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.  ^ "Anonymous Claims Hack of Credit Data From Security Group". Wall Street Journal. December 25, 2011. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011.  ^ a b Nicole Perlroth (December 25, 2011). "Hackers Breach the Web Site of Stratfor
Stratfor
Global Intelligence". New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2011.  ^ Olivia Katrandjian (December 26, 2011). "Hacking Group 'Anonymous' Takes First Step in 'Master Plan,' Vows to Strike Again". ABC News. Retrieved December 26, 2011.  ^ "Stratfor's customers checklist". Dazzlepod. December 26, 2011. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2011.  ^ Norton, Quinn (December 26, 2011). "Antisec Hits Private Intel Firm; Millions of Docs Allegedly Lifted". wired.com. Retrieved December 29, 2011.  ^ Clark Estes, Adam (December 27, 2011). "Anonymous Hackers Play Tricky 21st-Century Robin Hood". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved December 29, 2011.  ^ Kopfstein, Janus (21 November 2013). "Hacker with a Cause". The New Yorker. Retrieved 8 March 2014.  ^ Pilkington, Ed (May 27, 2014). " LulzSec
LulzSec
hacker 'Sabu' released after 'extraordinary' FBI cooperation". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 June 2014.  ^ "The Global Intelligence Files". WikiLeaks. February 27, 2012.  ^ Andy Greenberg. " WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
Tightens Ties To Anonymous In Leak Of Stratfor
Stratfor
Emails". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-02-27.  ^ " George Friedman
George Friedman
on Email Theft and the WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
Release". Stratfor. February 28, 2012. Some of the emails may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies. Some may be authentic. We will not validate either [...]  ^ " George Friedman
George Friedman
on Email Theft and the WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
Release". Stratfor. February 28, 2012.  ^ "Stratfor, WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
and the Obama administration's War on Truth". The Guardian. March 1, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Friedman, George (2005). America's secret war: inside the hidden worldwide struggle between the United States
United States
and its enemies. Random House. ISBN 978-0-7679-1785-8.  Friedman, George, Torture and the U.S. Intelligence Failure, Stratfor, Geopolitical Weekly, April 20, 2009

External links[edit]

Official website Stratfor: Inside the World of a Private CIA WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
Goes Inside Corporate America's Wannabe CIA Stratfor
Stratfor
Monitors and Studies Social Movements Геополитические прогнозы «STRATFOR» по России Fred Burton, Stratfor
Stratfor
VP for Racist Slurs Al Ak

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