The Missouri Sheriff’s Association is one of about 75 law enforcement groups drawn unwittingly into a widespread cyberattack when a group of hackers claimed to have stolen personal data relating to thousands of police officers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. AntiSec, which has targeted large government agencies worldwide, claims to have accessed Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, usernames, passwords and email addresses for thousands of law enforcement officers across the country.
The group claims the 10 gigabytes of stolen data includes hundreds of police academy training files, the names of “snitches” who provided anonymous crime tips to police, jail inmate databases and lists of active warrants. An internet posting by someone claiming to be associated with AntiSec said the attacks were retaliation after recent FBI arrests of members of another activist online group called Anonymous. AntiSec demanded charges be dismissed against them. “To law enforcement: your bogus trumped-up charges against the Anonymous paypal LOIC attacks will not stick, nor will your intimidation tactics stop us from exposing your corruption,” AntiSec’s posting says. “While many of the recent ‘Anonymous’ arrestees are completely innocent, there is no such thing as an innocent cop, and we will act accordingly.”