Hackers post US police data online
Published 08/08/2011 | 05:00
Hackers have broken into the computer systems of dozens of police departments in the US, releasing vast amounts of information including reports of crime submitted by the public.
Members of the anti-security groups Anonymous and LulzSec posted a seven-gigabyte file, also containing credit card details, social security numbers and other private data, online on Saturday.
The hackers said they were acting in retaliation for the arrests of members in Britain and the US last month, as part of an investigation being led by the FBI.
They singled out "Topiary", alleged to be Jake Davis (18) from the Shetland Islands, for "solidarity". Mr Davis has been charged with five offences relating to alleged computer attacks and online break-ins.
The groups appeared to have taken files from 77 law enforcement offices in states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. About 100,000 emails from officers' police accounts were released.
One file, titled "Snitch crime tip report", appeared to contain dozens of tip-offs about local incidents from members of the public, some of whose names and addresses were included.
Many of the tipsters had asked for their identities to be kept secret. In a statement, the hackers said: "We have no sympathy for any of the officers or informants who may be endangered by the release of their personal information."
Anonymous also published details of credit card numbers taken from police files. It said the cards had been used to make "involuntary donations" to organisations including a support group for Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing intelligence files to WikiLeaks. (© Daily Telegraph, London)