Anonymous retaliates for UK arrests by releasing Texas police information

Anonymous retaliates for UK arrests by releasing Texas police information

In response to the recent arrest of two men in the U.K. accused of being involved with the IT security violation of federal contractor HB Gary's systems earlier this summer, hacktivist group Anonymous dumped 3 gigabytes of sensitive data from law enforcement offices into the public domain.

Excerpts of the information include highly embarrassing emails between Texas police personnel containing graphically racist and religiously bigoted commentary about black people and Muslims. More critically, however, TG Daily reported that data security content released by Anonymous details the results of security audits, training materials and internal affairs investigations.

Polemics from the Anonymous side were also not in short supply, with the announcement containing references to imprisoned hackers, protesters taken into custody during the recent Bay Area Rapid Transit protests, well-known prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal and the so-called "prison industrial complex," according to TG Daily.

Attacks from hacktivist groups like Anonymous have become increasingly common of late, threatening IT security measures at a widening range of different organizations.