Militant hacking group claims email addresses and credit card details of US police officers were released on the internet over the weekend.
As part of its antisec campaign and as a response to recent arrests, including that of suspected LulzSec spokesperson Topiary, Anonymous said it released over 10GB of private police emails, training files and personal information over the weekend on what it called ‘Shooting Sheriffs Saturday'.
It said that the information available contains over 300 email accounts from 56 law enforcement domains, 7,000 usernames, passwords, home addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers, online police training academy files and a compilation of ‘Report a Crime' names, what it called a ‘snitch list'.
In a statement, Anonymous said that this release was intended to embarrass, discredit and incriminate police officers across the US, saying it had 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. Well it is 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,” it said.
“Let this serve as a warning to would-be snitches and pigs that your leaders can no longer protect you: give up and turn on your masters now before it's too late.”
It said that the action would demonstrate ‘the inherently corrupt nature of law enforcement' and hoped it would result in humiliation, firings and possible charges against several officers as well as ‘disruption and sabotage of their ability to communicate and terrorise communities'.
Several reports however claimed that critical details like names, social security numbers or other personal information were not hacked and published. The hacking group denied this.
Anonymous said: “Despite active FBI investigations and their additional security measures, they could not stop us from owning their servers, stealing their identities and dropping all their data. Two weeks later only a few of the sites are up with limited functionality as we scared them into removing any dynamic PHP scripts, forcing them to use static HTML content.”
The emails were mainly regarding police from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi, with many of the websites operated by Arkansas-based media services hosting company Brooks-Jeffrey Marketing.
Anonymous also said that it took less than 24 hours to root this server and copy all the data to its private servers. “At this point it was too late for them because the stolen files were gonna [sic] get leaked regardless."