AntiSec Hackers Post Stolen Police Data as Revenge for Arrests
In retaliation for arrests, the AntiSec hackers say they've released their "largest cache yet" of data stolen from law enforcement agencies in the U.S., including personal information, private e-mails, passwords, training files, data from informants, Social Security Numbers, and stolen credit card information from an online sheriff's store.
The data dump, dubbed "Shooting Sheriffs Saturday Release," was done to "embarrass, discredit and incriminate police officers across the U.S.," the group said in a statement on Pastebin that estimated that there was more than 10GB of data.A Twitter profile, @AnonymouSabu, said that the Web site of Italy's largest police association had been attacked. The hackers said the U.S. attack was done in response to the arrest 10 days ago of one of their associates, whose hacker handle is "Topiary."
The hackers say they were easily able to get back into the compromised servers after they were taken offline and then put back online by the law enforcement agencies.Government and law enforcement agencies have been prime targets for the hackers. "We hope that not only will dropping this info demonstrate the inherently corrupt nature of law enforcement using their own words, as well as result in possibly humiliation, firings, and possible charges against several officers, but that it will also disrupt and sabotage their ability to communicate and terrorize communities," the statement said.
The hackers say they were easily able to get back into the compromised servers after they were taken offline and then put back online by the law enforcement agencies.
"It took less than 24 hours to root BJM's server and copy all their data to our private servers. Soon after, their servers were taken down and a news article came out suggesting they received advance FBI 'credible threat' notice of a 'hacking plot,'" the statement says.
"We were surprised and delighted to see that not only did they relaunch a few sites less than a week later, but that their 'bigger, faster server that offers more security' carried over our backdoors from their original box. This time we were not going to hesitate to pull the trigger: in less than an hour we rooted their new server and defaced all 70+ domains while their root user was still logged in and active."
The hackers used the stolen credit card details to make donations to the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Bradley Manning Support Network, according to the statement. The hackers are strong supporters of whistle-blower site WikiLeaks and Manning, the Army soldier arrested last year for leaking classified data to the site.
Reference : CNET News
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