Anonymous, the Internet “hactivist” group, today, apparently in support of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, hacked into several different police databases and leaked sensitive personal data, among them passwords, names, addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers from the Boston Police Patrolmens’ Association (BPPA) and Birmingham, Alabama Police Department, according to several reports. Additionally, Anonymous claims to have hacked the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and offers the above image as proof.
A whois search of the domain shown in the image verifies it is registered to International Assocation of Chiefs of Police.
Dan Kaplan at SC Magazine, a magazine for IT security professionals reported today that “the stolen data” was leaked “as part of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality.”
After a brief respite from exposing the personal information of its targets, the Anonymous hacking collective on Friday posted documents that appear to contain the personal information of police officers in Massachusetts and Alabama.
Calls placed to both the Birmingham Police Department and BPPA were not immediately returned.
Today’s commemoration included ground protests, as well, highlighted by a demonstration in Harlem against the New York City police’s stop-and-frisk practices. The protest received support from the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thirty-two people were arrested, according to reports.
The leaked data was spread online through several Twitter accounts.
In related news, a group reportedly affiliated with Anonymous issued a statement yesterday claiming it had leaked personal details of Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit in retaliation for the arrest of Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York.
And The New York Observer today writes, “Andrew Auernheimer ( a.k.a. “Weev“), one of the most martyred heroes of the hacker community, showed up at Occupy Wall Street earlier this week.”
“This is even better than Alec Baldwin and Kanye West combined!” – Everyone in Anonymous
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