Hackers leak personal information of 73 Columbia law enforcement officers

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 7:43 p.m. CDT; updated 1:09 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 3, 2011

*CORRECTION: A previous version of the story indicated that the Boone County Sheriff's Department website was hacked. The Boone County Sheriff's Department's website and computer databases were not hacked or illicitly accessed or damaged at all.

COLUMBIA — More than 7,000 Missouri law enforcement officers’ personal information was released after the Missouri Sheriff’s Association was hacked by a group called AntiSec. A total of 73 Columbia officers' personal information was leaked, according to the AntiSec website. The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association homepage has been down since last week.

Boone County Sheriff's Department Major Tom Reddin said there are some, but not many, members of local law enforcement agencies whose information has been hacked by the group.

“These individuals have likely either attended training or are current or past members of the Missouri Sheriff's Association,” Reddin said. “Those individuals are being contacted and notified of the breach.” 

The FBI is taking the lead on the investigation. FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said the FBI is aware of the reported breaches, but the bureau cannot comment any further.

The private data include entire spools of email records from dozens of different law enforcement agencies, passwords, social security numbers, phone numbers and addresses, the website stated. It also includes information on hundreds of people who made anonymous crime tips to the police, and information on inmates and arrestees, the website stated.

According to a file that the group uploaded, the name, AntiSec, is derived from the anti-security focus of the group, and the attack is a response to recent FBI arrests of members of another hacking group called Anonymous.

In the file, AntiSec stated the reason for hacking was, “in retaliation to the unjust persecution of dozens of suspected Anonymous ‘members’ … We demand persecutors immediately drop all charges and investigations against all ‘Anonymous’ defendants.”

Not all of the 10 GB of private law enforcement data has been released as of now, but the AntiSec website stated it's anticipating the release.

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David Sautner August 3, 2011 | 3:12 p.m.

What idiots. Leave it to the cops to have louzy computer security. There is more to computers than tasering a kid for smoking pot or shooting someone's dog. Hire some good programmers you morons.

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Eric Cox August 3, 2011 | 6:39 p.m.

Didn't an officer here in Columbia illegally access the sealed juvenile records of a man and post them on the internet recently? Ah ethics, who needs 'em.

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