Hackers publish the personal details of hundreds of US law enforcement personnel

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Hackers breached the web servers of multiple chapters of the FBI and published the names and addresses of hundreds of law enforcement personnel and thousands of other people online.

The hacked materials include names, job descriptions, email addresses and, in some cases, street addresses of more than 23,000 people in multiple databases. More than 1,000 of the email addresses belong to the FBI.gov domain and the domains of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Included in a database that hackers say are “people being watched by the FBI,”

Among their materials, the hackers said they had “been working quietly since 2014, and did not particularly attract attention, but the time has come to change the world.”

The materials appear to have been made public as a proof of concept, establishing that the hackers are to be taken seriously. The hacking group said it was in possession of even more sensitive information that it hoped to sell.

In a statement, FBI National Academy Associates, an organization supporting graduates of the FBI Academy, confirmed that the websites of three of its local chapters were breached and that “personal information has been obtained to be sold on the web.”

The organization said it was still investigating along with federal authorities, but it said it had determined that its national database wasn’t affected.

In posts, the hackers also prominently promoted what they described as a ransomware encryption package that they hoped to provide to other hackers.

Ransomware experts described the malware code as unique, saying that there were no clues to indicate it was the work of a previously known actor.

Via NBC News

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