The Texas Police Chief Association was hacked last night with classified information leaked along with private emails from police.
While the website is currently down, with only a message displayed that reads ‘our site is currently offline for maintenance and updates, please check back tomorrow', Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the attack but a statement did not bear its traditional hallmarks of ‘we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget'.
A statement said that the action was ‘in retaliation for the arrests of dozens of alleged Anonymous suspects'. It said: “For every defendant in the Anonymous ‘conspiracy' we are attacking two top Texas police chiefs, leaking 3GB of their private emails and attachments. Mind you, we don't expect a sane response. Even a few insults would have been better than the way you cowards hide behind protocol, innuendo and your badge.”
It confirmed that it had been ‘lurking' emails, law enforcement portals, records and reporting systems for more than a month and of the data released, it said that these include several dozen FBI, Border Patrol and counter-terrorism documents classified as ‘law enforcement sensitive' and ‘for official use only'.
“The emails also included police records, internal affairs investigations, meeting notes, training materials, officer rosters, security audits, and live password information to government systems. The private chief emails also included several racist and sexist chain email forwards and personal details sure to embarrass, discredit and incriminate several of these so-called ‘community leaders',” it said.
The statement said that this action, along with hacks of the Arizona police force, defence contractors and the recent Shooting Sherriffs Saturday, was in retaliation to arrests of former LulzSec spokesperson Topiary, protesters arrested during the #OpBart actions, Bradley Manning, Stephen Watt and other hackers and leakers worldwide.
It said: “While many of our comrades facing charges and in prison are innocent, there is no such thing as an innocent police officer and we will continue to directly attack the prison industrial complex by leaking their private data, destroying their systems and defacing their websites.”