Law enforcement organizations hacked in latest AntiSec incident

Law enforcement organizations hacked in latest AntiSec incident

A 10-gigabyte data cache containing information from multiple U.S. law enforcement agencies was released this weekend by the AntiSec group of hackers.

Most of the websites hacked belonged to rural sheriff's offices in the South, and nearly all were hosted by Arkansas-based media services firm Brooks-Jeffrey Marketing.

A wide variety of important information was compromised in the incident, including email addresses and passwords for more than 300 accounts, police training videos and even the contents of an anonymous tip system, according to ZDNet.

Additionally, the tech news site said, Social Security numbers and credit card data of informants and officers alike were included in the dump.

A report from Government Technology indicated that the targeting of relatively small, insecure agencies came as no surprise to many experts, who also said that the incident provided another example of the practice of targeting IT vendors that has worked so well for the hackers in the past.

Other experts note that the attack highlights the importance of IT security, even for companies that outsource their hosting needs.