Fla. Sheriff's Office Hacked16,000 Files Posted Online; Hacktivists Take Credit
Hacktivists associated with Anonymous have reportedly released sensitive information from the Lake County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
According to WKMG Local 6, hackers who came from an Internet server in Russia posted 16,000 files online, which include 911 calls, witness and victim statements, names of young crime victims, and names of Central Florida SWAT team members and their personal phone numbers, as well as the SWAT unit's operating guide, the number of team members and number of snipers.
The hackers also released the plans surrounding last year's "Operation Summer Nights," a sting by LCSO deputies which took down child sex predators.
News reports also claim that sheriff employee passwords were taken. The information released is only thought to be a fraction of what the hackers possess.
The hacking group LulzKnightz, which associates itself with AntiSec and Anonymous, has claimed responsibility, and took to a Pastebin page to post the data online, which equals 4.7 gigabytes of information.
In a statement posted to that page, LulzKnightz explained its justification for the attack, saying, "More evidence that the illegitimate justice system protects their own, who get away with rampant corruption and theft, while the police apply unconstitutional profiling and pressure in their efforts to raise their arrest quotas and keep homeland security money rolling in."
The LCSO has released no formal response to the breach.