August 7, 2011

AntiSec Hackers Release ‘Largest’ Data Dump To Date

Recent arrests of individuals linked to cybercrime in Scotland and the US have prompted AntiSec hackers to release what they dub the "largest cache yet" of data stolen from American law enforcement officials, CNET.com's Elinor Mills reported on Saturday.

Mills notes that the information released includes personal information, private e-mails, passwords, training files, data from informants, Social Security Numbers, and credit card information stolen from what is being identified as "an online sheriff's store."

The data dump comes 10 days after the arrest of a suspected member of the LulzSec hacking group, a 19-year-old hacker identified as "Topiary." That arrest had been preceded by 16 similar arrests in the States, four in the Netherlands, and one in London tied to denial of service attacks on Paypal late last year.

AntiSec dubbed this the "Shooting Sheriffs Saturday Release" and, according to Mills, was done to "embarrass, discredit and incriminate police officers across the U.S.," the group said in a statement on Pastebin, which estimated that the dump included over 10GB of data.

They also claim to have hacked the website of an Italian police organization.

"We are doing this in solidarity with Topiary and the Anonymous PayPal LOIC defendants as well as all other political prisoners who are facing the gun of the crooked court system," the hackers said in a statement, according to CNET.com. "You may bust a few of us, but we greatly outnumber you, and you can never stop us from continuing to destroy your systems and leak your data."

"We hope that not only will dropping this info demonstrate the inherently corrupt nature of law enforcement using their own words, as well as result in possibly humiliation, firings, and possible charges against several officers, but that it will also disrupt and sabotage their ability to communicate and terrorize communities," they also said, adding that they had "no sympathy" for anyone who might be put in danger as a result of the information leak.

According to Mills, the stolen credit card information was used by the hackers to send donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Bradley Manning Support Network, a group raising funds in defense of the Army soldier who was arrested last year for leaking confidential information to the Wikileaks website.


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