Against the backdrop of political and social flare-up in the United States, the Anonymous published 269 GB of data from police force databases. More than a million documents have leaked, including addresses, telephone numbers, images of suspects, as well as videos and bank account numbers.
An unprecedented police data hack. Published on the DDoSecrets site, 269 GB of data from police sources were, according to the co-founder of this collective Emma Best, hacked by Anonymous. “This is the largest hack released from US law enforcement agencies,” wrote Emma Best, reports Wired. “It provides the closest inside look at state, local and federal agencies responsible for protecting the public, including [la] government response to Covid and BLM protests [Black Lives Matter, NDLR]. The United States is currently experiencing a virulent political and societal crisis following the death of George Floyd after his violent arrest by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.
Data that has been hacked is exchanged on shared data hubs (fusion centers) between 200 local, federal and state agencies of the American police force. Anonymous would have managed to get their hands on it by exploiting a security hole in Netsential, a company specializing in web development, the services of which are used in the context of fusion centers. “Netsential has confirmed that this compromise was likely the result of a malicious actor who exploited a compromised Netsential client user account and the download functionality of the web platform to introduce malicious content, allowing the exfiltration of other Netsential customer data, “said a memo from the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) that the cybersecurity site Krebsonsecurity was able to obtain.
A cocktail of personal and financial data revealed
The 269 GB of hacked data includes more than a million documents including names, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, PDF documents, images and a large number of text, video, CSV and ZIP files. “Our initial analysis revealed that some of these files contain very sensitive information such as ACH routing numbers, international bank account numbers (IBAN) and other financial data as well as personally identifiable information (PII) and images of suspects listed in requests for information (RFI) and other reports from law enforcement and government agencies, ”confirmed the NFCA.