AU: Hackers published personal data of 25,000 police officials

The Austrian Independent reports:

An Austrian hackers group has published the names and home addresses of 24,938 police officials sparking fears that many could be targeted by criminals.

Police say the data published by the Austrian branch of the global hacker collective „Anonymous”, known as AnonAustria contained private information for officials ranging from beat officers through to senior commanders.

Police union official Walter Scharinger said today (Mon) that the situation was worrying for officers who might become targets of revenge by criminals they have dealt with before.

Read more on Austrian Independent.

The leak was posted on @AnonAustria’s Twitter account earlier toay with a link to a data dump that reveals the officials’ first and last names, street/postal address, and dates of birth.

As reported in the Austrian Independent and on derstandard.at, AnonAustria did not actually claim to have acquired the data directly via their own hacking methods. Their description leaves open the possibilities that the data were either leaked to them or that some other hacker(s) provided them with the data.

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