10GB of Law Enforcement Data Exposed (#AntiSec)

Hackers associated with the "AntiSec" collaboration between Anonymous and recently disbanded hacker group LulzSec have released more than 10GB of information from 70 different law enforcement agencies across the United States. The leakers called it one of their largest data dumps yet, released as retaliation for recent U.S. and U.K. arrests of alleged AntiSec members.
Nestled within the data dump, posted as both a BitTorrent release and posted on sites accessible via the Tor anonymity network, are more than 300 different email accounts from 56 law enforcement Web sites. Details from the ransacked Missouri Sherriff's Association Web site also appear in the release, including user names and passwords as well as users' home addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers–a move that's sure to infuriate law enforcement officials even before they note the actual name of the hackers' release, "Shooting Sheriffs Saturday."

Also found within the release are various police training files, a list of users who have submitted information to an online "anonymous" crime tip system, and various server-related information and login credentials.

"We have no sympathy for any of the officers or informants who may be endangered by the release of their personal information. For too long they have been using and abusing our personal information, spying on us, arresting us, beating us, and thinking that they can get away with oppressing us in secrecy," reads the hackers' Pastebin-posted. "Well it's retribution time: we want them to experience just a taste of the kind of misery and suffering they inflict upon us on an everyday basis."

The hack was allegedly carried out following an initial breach of a server owned by the company Brooks-Jeffrey Marketing, which hosts various sheriff's association sites. Its server was initially taken offline following confirmation of the first attack, but its subsequent relaunch allegedly kept intact the same backdoor methods the hackers users to access the original server. At that point, the hackers went ahead and started defacing the more than 70 different law enforcement agency domains associated with Brooks-Jeffrey Marketing.
"We lol'd as we watched the news reports come in, quoting various Sheriffs who denied that they were ever hacked, that any personal information was stolen, that they did not store snitch info on their servers. Many lulz have been had as we taunted the sheriffs by responding to their denials by tweeting teasers exposing their SSNs, passwords, addresses, and private emails," reads the hackers' manifesto.

The hackers also used stolen credit card information to make donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Bradley Manning Support Network, among other organizations.

-News Source (PC Mag)


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