Sunday, August 7, 2011

Anonymous Group breaks into U.S. law enforcement sites to steal data and leak sensitive information about ongoing cases - 7th Aug 2011

The group known as Anonymous today said that it hacked into around 70 law enforcement websites in the United States - a data breach that one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation.

The loose-knit international hacking collective posted a cache of data to the Internet early in the day, including emails stolen from officers, tips which appeared to come from members of the public, credit card numbers and other information.

Anonymous said it had stolen 10 gigabytes worth of data in retaliation for arrests of its sympathisers in the U.S. and Britain.

Tim Mayfield, a police chief in Gassville, Arkansas, told Associated Press that some of the material posted online — including pictures of teenage girls in their swimsuits — was sent to him as part of an ongoing investigation. He declined to provide more details.

Mayfield's comments were the first indication that the hack might be serious. Since news of some kind of cyber-attack first filtered out less than a week ago, various police officials said they were unaware of the hacking or dismissed it as nothing to worry about.

Though many of the leaked emails appeared benign, some of the stolen material seen carried sensitive information, including tips about suspected crimes, profiles of gang members and security training.

The emails were mainly from sheriffs' offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.

Many of the websites were operated by a Mountain Home, Arkansas, media services hosting company. Read More