On June 19th, an activist group called Distributed Denial of Secrets or DDosecrets.com published 269 gigabytes of information hacked from over 200 law enforcement agencies in the US. The information was gathered from intelligence hubs or “fusion centers” serving the LOE communities in the US and is being released as #BlueLeaks on the DDosecrets.com website.
The group Anonymous takes credit for the hack. The information was collected from local, state, and federal agencies. According to Security Boulevard:
BlueLeaks … stems from a security breach at … Netsential, a Houston-based web development firm [which] maintains a number of state law enforcement data-sharing portals.
The information contains video, audio, case files, information about victims and criminals, phone numbers, bank account numbers, the personal information of law enforcement personnel, and more.
The co-founder of DDosecrets.com, Emma Best explained the magnitude and significance of the “data dump,” saying:
It’s the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies. It provides the closest inside look at the state, local, and federal agencies tasked with protecting the public, including [the] government response to COVID and the BLM protests.”
Law enforcement is the problem
Anonymous, DDosecrets, and others believe law enforcement is the problem causing the unrest in the US right now. They believe that law enforcement is systemically racist and they are hoping that the hacked information will help groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter target law enforcement. Best said: Part of what a lot of the current protests are about is what police do and have done legally.
Best explained that DDosecrets.com purged information from the massive data dump that might harm victims of crime, but the personal and financial information of law enforcement officers and individuals remains in the data released as #BlueLeaks.
The potential of the data, especially in the long run and when correlated with other datasets, outweighs any downsides to allowing the public to examine it.
Law enforcement targeted
Leaking personal data like addresses and financial information puts law enforcement personnel at risk physically and financially, but that seems to be the point of the data dump.
But Best justified releasing the personal information, saying: “The public has an interest in the identities of public servants.”
The public also has an interest in finding out how the BLM organization and Antifa organized and financed their destructive “protests.” One has to wonder if Anonymous will also hack Antifa and Black Lives Matter to reveal the finances and coordination of those groups that are fomenting the overthrowing of our nation.