Ca: Police chiefs’ website suffers cyber attack
Add the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police to any list of law enforcement agencies attacked by Anonymous or its affiliates.
A cyber attack on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s website has only bolstered the organization’s support for the government’s controversial online surveillance bill, a spokesman said Saturday.
The association took down the site after it was hacked late Friday afternoon by people claiming to be linked to the group Anonymous, association spokesman Joe Couto said.
The identity of those responsible for the attack has not been confirmed, but activists allied to the loose-knit Anonymous movement had threatened to target federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and others over the Harper government’s surveillance bill.[…]
Ontario provincial police are investigating the breach to determine how much information was accessed, Couto said.
While the organization doesn’t keep sensitive information about court cases, it does have databases on senior police officers, he said.
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A hacker known as Visi0nZ posted the hack on Pastebin.com on Friday. Friday’s have become a day where members of Anonymous release hacks involving law enforcement with the Twitter hashtag #FFF or in some cases, #OpPiggyBank. In this case, the hacker posted 8 admins’ login information: usernames, plain-text passwords, full names, and e-mail addresses. OACP does not seem to have commented on whether those logins were correct and why passwords were stored in plain text (if they were).
A login for a computer supplier to the police, EPROM, Inc., was also posted.
For additional coverage on the incident, see CTV.ca and The Edmonton Journal.