Baton Rouge police database ‘hacked’ in retaliation for killing of Alton Sterling

Patrick Howell O’Neill reports:

Just days after the fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge police prompted international outrage and a Justice Department investigation, the Baton Rouge city government’s servers have been “hacked” and 50,000 city police records leaked online including names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers.

A hacker named @0x2Taylor claimed responsibility for accessing the database on Thursday afternoon. It is unclear whether Taylor accessed the data himself or was given it by a third-party and took credit.

The database was confirmed as legitimate by Jamie-Luke Woodruff, a security intelligence analyst who works at Patch Penguin, a British cybersecurity firm.

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