AntiSec hackers release 'largest cache yet' of law enforcement data

Summary:Hackers contributing to the LulzSec-inspired AntiSec movement released a 10GB cache of law enforcement data overnight.

Hackers associated with the AntiSec movement -- a LulzSec and Anonymous combined effort to breach systems with weak security -- have released a 10GB in size cache of data belonging to law enforcement.

Known as 'Shooting Sherrifs Saturday', this follows 'F**k FBI Friday' in June, where LulzSec published hundreds of hacked usernames, passwords and other details from an FBI contractor.

In the latest cache, over 300 email accounts, personal information of suspects and officers, police training videos, and the contents of an insecure anonymous tip system can be found. Confidential information such as personal details of informants and police officers alike are included in the cache, along with social security numbers and credit card information.

Since the Wikileaks' releases, this is thought to be one of the largest caches of government data to be leaked.

It is not clear which hacker group breached the systems.

The cache was posted on a torrent website and mirrored on a website accessible via the Tor anonymity network.

Across the Twittersphere, where a war of words broke out earlier this week between law enforcement and Anonymous, the group is acting 'in solidarity with Topiary', the LulzSec spokesperson charged with hacking offenses in London last week.

This leak comes only days after Anonymous and LulzSec were 'heading stateside' to look for further U.S. government targets.

Published on Pastebin, the AntiSec hackers showed no remorse:

"We have no sympathy for any of the officers or informants who may be endangered by the release of their personal information… we want them to experience just a taste of the kind of misery and suffering they inflict upon us on an everyday basis."

AntiSec's movement follows the initial work of LulzSec and continued by Anonymous, the movement is that of an ideological nature rather than an organised collective of people -- making the task for law enforcement far more difficult.

"You may bust a few of us, but we greatly outnumber you, and you can never stop us from continuing to destroy your systems and leak your data", the hackers said in their Pastebin statement.

Topics: Government : US, Security

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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