They shot the sheriff, and they claim it was in self defence……..
In what Anonymous and AntiSec have dubbed Shooting Sheriff Saturday (#SSS in twitterland), digital activists and hackers have just dumped 10Gb of information they say has been hacked from over 70 US law enforcement institutions.
Usually such leaks are released as P2P sharing torrents, and its seems this info dump will be the same. Those releasing the info set up a pre release page at featuring a link to Bob Marleys I shot the sherriff on you tube and flagging up what was to come.It seems the plan is to make the leaked emails and correspondence, which is said to contain evidence of police corruption, a searchable database accessible to all.
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.
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. We stand in support of all those who struggle against the injustices of the state and capitalism using whatever tactics are most effective, even if that means breaking their laws in order to expose their corruption. You may bust a few of us, but we greatly outnumber you, and you cannever stop us from continuing to destroy your systems and leak your data.
So whilst this hack and leak is in direct response to the arrest and charging of many hackers over the last fortnight, most famously that of the arrest and charging of Jake Davis, (alleged to be Topairy) an 18-year-old from the Shetland Islands, who was released on bail on Monday after being charged with five offences relating to computer attacks and break-ins by the LulzSec and Anonymous hacking groups earlier this year, its clear that the agenda is not simply about defense of fellow hackers, or what could be called comprades – see what i did there. US Law enforcement agencies are downplaying the leak, but we remember how HBGary also downplayed the leaks that led to demise of the company hire/d by Bank ofAmerica, via the federal government, to find ways to bring down Wikileaks , following Assanges semi veiled threat to dump the info- still unreleased- Wikileaks has on BoA. In fact all those emails are still searchable at http://search.hbgary.anonleaks.ch/
We lol’d as we watched the news reports come in, quoting various Sheriffs who denied that they were ever hacked, that any personal information was stolen, that they did not store snitch info on their servers. Many lulz have been had as we taunted the sheriffs by responding to their denials by tweeting teasers exposing their SSNs, passwords, addresses, and private emails. We also took the liberty to backdoor their online store and capture a few credit card numbers, which were used to make involuntary donations to the ACLU, the EFF, the Bradley Manning Support Network, and more. Despite active FBI investigations and their additional security measures, they could not stop us from owning their servers, stealing their identities, and dropping all their data. Two weeks later only a few of the sites are up with limited functionality as we scared them into removing any dynamic PHP scripts, forcing them to use static HTML content.
I wrote a few months back about how i could see parallel between the original pirates of the Atlantic maratine state http://soundmigration.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/anonymous-bmi-and-the-beginnings-of-pirates/ and stealing credit details and donating money to progressive groups like EFF – “the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world” certainly inject more than a bit of humour into these hacks.
These leaks, much of which can be found at https://vv7pabmmyr2vnflf.tor2web.org/ contains info ranging from low level informants ratting on “illegal” migrants to concerned citizens busting their neighbours for having a party and selling booze. There is also information people reporting others they suspect of being involve in criminal activity such as
Joe that works at aromatique is on meth so bad right now it's ridiculous. Jaclyn Williams smokes more dope than she helps y'all bust. Cc Wilson gives sexual favors for money and sells dope.
as well as email ‘spools’ from various’ law enforcement’ organisations. I havent had a chance to browse through much of this so I can really comment further on the content or any of its implications though.
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The booty contains:
[*] Over 300 mail accounts from 56 law enforcement domains
[*] Missouri Sheriff account dump (mosheriffs.com)
7000+ usernames, passwords, home addresses, phones and SSNs
[*] Online Police Training Academy files
PDFs, videos, HTML files
[*] “Report a Crime” snitch list compilation (60+ entries)
[*] Plesk plaintext server passwords (ftp/ssh, email, cpanel, protected