Hackers attack three more law enforcement-related sites, dump data
A few more law enforcement-related web sites were hacked this past week, to add to the growing list:
Travis Crum reports that the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association site was hacked and officers’ data dumped online:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for the people responsible for leaking the home addresses, home phone numbers and cellphone numbers of every police chief in West Virginia, according to the president of a statewide police chiefs organization.
William Roper, president of the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, said his organization’s website was compromised Monday by a group associated with Anonymous, an international hacker group with a stated mission of protecting free speech and fighting anti-piracy laws.
The subgroup, which calls itself “CabinCr3w,” posted the personal information of more than 156 police officers, including current and retired police chiefs, to a public website.[…]
The hackers also posted the e-mail addresses and usernames of the association’s members. However, they were not able to gain access to the members’ passwords, Roper said.
The group posted apparent passwords for each of the association’s members, but they did not work Tuesday night.
Read more in The Charleston Gazette.
The Dallas Police Department was hacked Sunday. In a statement on the hack, CabinCr3w and W0rmer refer to a police officer who was placed on leave last month after he reportedly crashed his car while driving while intoxicated. The hackers write, “The police claim there (sic) are here to enforce the laws, to protect the people while hypocritically violating them on a daily basis themselves.” The data dump included 23 userids, e-mail addresses, and plain-text passwords as well as 21 first and last names with employee ID numbers and hire dates.
In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association web site was hacked Monday by CabinCr3w, Kahuna & W0rmer. They did not dump any personal information but did dump an administrative login and password. Operating independently, another hacker, Visi0nZ, had posted three logins/passwords as well as 540 e-mail addresses from the same organization the previous day.
The hackers note that all police departments should consider themselves targets:
All over the world people are starting to stand up for their rights and fight against the machine. These people ARE people, people with rights, people with the will to stand up against what is wrong in this world, people who are willing to quit their jobs, leave their homes and spend day after day practicing their right to protest and fight against what they are not happy with. These people have come under constant oppression by police departments around the world, they have had their rights stripped from them, their freedom pulled from them and we have had enough of it. We will NOT stand by and watch these public servants that WE pay with our hard earned money, abuse, arrest and torture our people anymore. EVERY police department is at risk, and will remain that way until police departments start taken notice as to whom they work for. They do not work for corporations, bankers, or governments, they work for the people and we are the people. Expect US!
Info A$$urance - February 9, 2012
Commmon, “All over the world people are starting to stand up for their rights and fight against the machine”…. This is a bit much. Since you have so much time to play, please come up with a better lingo. = )
I don’t believe in all that the state and government say, but there are other ways to handle this. Once the FBI and NSA get involved, it will be extremely hard to hide. These hacks probably are occurring at open WiFi areas so they think their tracks are being covered by obtaining IP that cannot be tracked back. There are ways, Thats all I am going to say. = X
Without the stability of a proper law enforcement, the world would be more chaotic. Without any police, you’d be in a Police state. You’d be LUCKY to have FOOD, let alone a place to live and a computer to hack with. Today, people’s views are distorted; they do NOT realize how good they have it. Imagine a city, let alone a country – without the basic necessities you thrive on. It’s a dog eat dog world, no one is trusted, and the odds are survival are slim. I’ll take the way it currently is over a change for the worse.
All of these sites must have a common provider and a common login or vulnerability. In the world today, if your protecting assets and you do not require a complex password that is more than 10 charecters, the assets are patched as required, and the staff understand the risk of what might take/infect/affect the assets of the company, then there will be issues.
If you host confidential information on a commercial provider, make sure you get a BIG, potentially multi-million dollar policy that they will pay if your information is breached. I wonder how many compnaies guarantee that…. “We will pay you to a maximum of 10 million dollars should the leak of any PII, trade secret, confidential, medical or banking information be compromised, resulting in catastrophic repautational loss to customers and clients. HEH, there aren’t any. They only guarantee that can provide that is a place that stores that info OFFLINE, in a vault as secure as Fort Knox.
Hackers sometimes thrive on publicity; give it to them, then they “give it to them” in respect to their victims.