BlueLeaks: Berlin Seizes Server Hosting Data About US Police

BlueLeaks: Berlin Seizes Server Hosting Data About US Police Cybersecurity

German authorities seized on Wednesday a web server which hosted BlueLeaks, a website which gave access to internal documents stolen from the American police services. The server was owned by DDoSecrets (Distributed Denial of Secrets), a group of activists who released the files in mid-June, continuing the Black Lives Matter protest movement. The seizure of the server was announced by investigative reporter Emma Best, one of the leading figures of DDoSecrets.

“We have received official confirmation that the main public download server of DDoSecrets has been seized by the German authorities (file number AZ 210 AR 396/20 of the Zwickau public prosecutor’s office)”, writes the latter on Twitter. However, it defends the fact that “the server was used ONLY to distribute data to the public. It had no contact with the sources and only served to enlighten the public through journalistic publications. ”

If the portal is now out of service, it was active since June 19, when DDoSecrets published more than 269 GB of data containing more than a million files, which the group would have received from the collective of hackers Anonymous . These files included scanned documents, videos, e-mails, audio files, training materials, private law enforcement alerts and came from more than 200 US police services.

Berlin under American pressure?

This BlueLeaks data could have been stolen from a Houston company that provided web hosting services to the US police. Four days after the BlueLeaks data was released, Twitter intervened and imposed a permanent ban on the official DDoSecrets Twitter account, which the organization used to promote the BlueLeaks portal.

To justify this decision, Twitter explained that the account violated the policies of its platform regarding the sharing of links to private data and pirated material. In addition to the ban, Twitter has also started blocking the ability for users to post links to the BlueLeaks site.

In an interview with Wired, Emma Best admits that the DDoSecrets team may have failed to disinfect or delete files containing sensitive information.

US officials said last month that they were investigating the BlueLeaks security breach, but did not confirm the launch of an official investigation. It is not yet known whether the German authorities acted at the request of their American colleagues, but it is very likely that pressure from Washington pushed Berlin to act.



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