Anonymous Retaliates Against Arrests With Massive Police Hack

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Last month the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested people alleged to be involved with hactivist collective Anonymous, and now the collective has responded the way it knows best: by hacking into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, the AP reports, and then releasing the data. According to Gizmodo, hackers with ties to the AntiSec movement released 10 gigs of sensitive data, in what it describes as a "brazen show of solidarity with Anonymous' cause and retribution against an oppressive police system." The Los Angeles Times reports that AntiSec called this cyber attack 'ShootingSheriffsSaturday.'"

Anonymous said in a statement on the website PasteBin that it was leaking "a massive amount of confidential information that is sure to embarass [sic], discredit and incriminate police officers across the US." So far, reports are that the data included "emails stolen from officers, tips which appeared to come from members of the public, credit card numbers and other sensitive information."

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