Anonymous, a hacker collective that aligned itself with Occupy Wall Street protests has leaked information that it stole from four police and government websites today. [Venture Beat]
More than 600 MB of data from the International Association of Chief of Police, or IACP, was released, according to a press release from Anonymous. The group released information that included internal documents, membership rosters, home addresses, passwords, social security numbers.
Anonymous released 1000 names, ranks, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers from the Alabama law enforcement systems; 1,000 names and passwords from the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and released the full contact database from the Matrix Group; a web agency that serves government websites.
Anonymous said its goals were to attack the police directly because they act as a protector of “the 1 percent.” This is not the first time that Anonymous has attacked police in the name of exposing "police corruption and brutality." The Anonymous hack happens to fall on the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality.
According to the press release, Anonymous provides that “We have no problem targeting police and releasing their information even if it puts them at risk because we want them to experience just a taste of the brutality and misery they serve us on an everyday basis,” reads the press release.
In the Pastebin document, the group said it had little concern for the safety of those whose information it had released in its most recent leak.