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Important security information from STRATFOR FROM:STRATFOR TO:firstname.lastname@example.org Message flagged Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:13 Dear Subscriber, As we alerted you over the weekend, an unauthorized party illegally obtained and disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our paying subscribers. We deeply regret that this event has occurred, and we are working to prevent it from happening again. Our highest concern is the impact that this has had on our members and in your confidence in us as a potential member and Free Intelligence Report subscriber. As a result and at our expense, we have taken measures to provide our members whose credit card information may have been compromised with access to CSID, a leading provider of global identity protection and fraud detection solutions and technologies. We have arranged to provide one year of CSID’s coverage to such members at no cost. As part of our ongoing investigation, we have also decided to delay the launching of our website until a thorough review and adjustment by outside experts can be completed. We expect this to take approximately a week, but it might take longer – please bear with us as we recover from this unfortunate event. In the meantime, we will not be deterred from doing what we do best: providing our members with top-notch geopolitical analysis. Therefore, while our website is being tested we will be sending our free Geopolitical Weekly and Security Weekly to you via email as we have always done. In the meantime, we want to hear from you about this situation and have set up a special email address at email@example.com to get your thoughts on this event. To say we wish this hadn’t happened is a massive understatement. As I have stated in prior emails to you, I sincerely apologize for these unfortunate events. Our investigation and coordination with law enforcement is ongoing, and we will continue to update you as more details become available. Sincerely, George Friedman STRATFOR221 W. 6th Street, Suite 400Austin, TX 78701 US512-744-4300
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