Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers, federal agents
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A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of
thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers, TechCrunch has learned.
The hackers breached three sites associated with the FBI National Academy Association, a coalition of different chapters across the U.S. promoting federal and law
enforcement leadership and training located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA. The hackers exploited flaws on at least three of the organization’s chapter websites
— which we’re not naming — and downloaded the contents of each web server.
The hackers then put the data up for download on their own website, which we’re also not naming nor linking to given the sensitivity of the data. The spreadsheets contained
about 4,000 unique records after duplicates were removed, including member names, a mix of personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their
TechCrunch spoke to one of the hackers, who didn’t identify his or her name, through an encrypted chat late Friday. The hacker claimed to have “over a million data” [sic] on
employees across several U.S. federal agencies and public service organizations.
Doxing is an incredibly shitty thing to do to someone in 99% of cases, this moreso because it potentially endangers LEOs.
I hope they are happy with themselves.
I know one situation shouldn't justify behavior that is counter-intuitive to openness and transparency. This will used to only create an atmosphere more secretive and lockdown.
Regardless of your opinions on police - law enforcement officers are already in a dangerous career field. Depending on what level you are at - Detective, Special Agent, Patrol, etc, personal information can be used by lone-wolf extremist and organized crime. Anyone on that list is in actual danger - that is nothing to play off or undermine.
All this will do is end in bloodshed, someone extreme enough will try to use this information and murder cops. This puts Agents who do valid investigative work in danger as they will not be able to operate or investigate in a covert manner. This will only serve to justify legislation which will crack down on the net.
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