Hacker Publishes Personal Info of BART Police; BART Deputy Chief Says Police Officers Association Hacked
Update Thursday: From the Chronicle, regarding responsibility for yesterday’s hack:
Anonymous did not take responsibility for the hacking of the BART police union website. A resident of the Canadian province of Ontario, speaking on behalf of this week’s BART protest organizers, said someone using the name Lamalin_5mg offered a link to the leaked police information Wednesday during an Anonymous-hosted Internet relay chat.
“There are really no leaders in the group, but some people did tell her that she should not have done it,” said the man, who goes by the pseudonym Crappy Tires.
In an online chat set up by Crappy Tires, someone speaking through the username Lamalin_5mg identified herself as a French girl who taught herself computer programming. She said that although this was her first hacking attempt, she had managed to breach the system in less than four hours.
The Hacker group Anonymous tweeted a web page of names, addresses, personal emails, and passwords it says are affiliated with BART police officers. About a hundred names appear on the list.
BART Police Deputy Chief Daniel O. Hartwig spoke with KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm about the breach. Hartwig said the only information he had was that the web site of the BART Police Officers Association has been hacked.
Audio of his response:
The group is also calling for more protests on Monday.
On Sunday, the group, an amorphous band of like-minded hackers, defaced the myBART web site and leaked the personal information of the site’s users. The actions were in retaliation for BART disabling wireless communications during a planned protest of the shooting death of Charles Hill by a BART policeman.
Update 12:40 p.m. BART has issued this statement:
We condemn this latest attack on the working men and women of BART. We are deeply concerned about the safety and security of our employees and their families. We stand behind them and our customers who were the subject of an earlier attack. We are deeply troubled by these actions.
Update 2:10 p.m. In light of the latest action, we wondered whether Twitter was thinking about shutting down Anonymous’ account. KQED’s Ana Tintocalis received this statement from company spokesperson Rachel Horwitz:
We don’t comment on specific accounts for privacy reasons. An account may be suspended for Terms of Service violations outlined here, which includes using Twitter for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities.