Anti-Sec (Anonymous + Lulzsec) Robin Hood the police for Bradley Manning
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
The hacktivist collective known as Anti-Sec has hacked their way across the US releasing thousands of personal e-mails from police stations across the country. They also exposed crime tips (or the “snitch files”) sent in from members of the public as well as social security numbers and credit card information by making the data available online.
The “hack attack” was in retaliation of the recent arrests of alleged members of the collective in the UK and the US as part of an investigation by the FBI. One well known alleged member who goes by “Topiary” alleged to be an 18 year old man named Jake Davis from the Shetland Islands, was charged with 5 offenses related to cyber attacks organized by “anonymous.”
A statement released by the hackers said: “We have no sympathy for any of the officers or informants who may be endangered by the release of their personal information”.
They said they were releasing “a massive amount of confidential information that is sure to embarrass, discredit and incriminate police officers across the US.”
The statement also said that they hoped the release would “demonstrate the inherently corrupt nature of law enforcement” and “disrupt and sabotage their ability to communicate and terrorize communities. Police training documents, including some telling officers when and how they should use their guns, were also discovered in the leaked documents.
Anonymous also published five credit card numbers that the group said it had taken from police files.
The collective said the cards had been used to make “involuntary donations” to organizations including a support group for Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking files to WikiLeaks.