UPDATE: Group Hacks Missouri Sheriff's Association
JEFFERSON CITY - A hacking group attacked the website and server of the Missouri Sheriff's Association along with 76 other law enforcement institutions across the region, and released the personal information of more than 7,000 officers.
A group calling themselves, "AntiSec" is claiming credit for this attack. Their name is derived from the anti-security focus of the group.
It is unclear exactly when the attacks occured, but it appears some websites have been down since early last week.
AntiSec posted 10GB of private data online along with all 77 websites they hacked. The private data AntiSec says they have, includes entire spools of email records from dozens of different law enforcement agencies, passwords, social security numbers, phone numbers, and addresses of more than 7,000 officers, information on hundreds of people who made anonymous crime tips to the police, and information on inmates and arrestees.
The private data is down for the time being, but AntiSec says they're waiting to release more information.
President of the Missouri Sheriff's Association Steve Cox said he thinks the hackers claim to have more information than they really do. Cox said the group just wants glory and fame.
The hacking group said the attack is a response to recent FBI arrests of members of another hacking group, Anonymous.
AntiSec wrote on their posting, "In retaliation to the unjust persecution of dozens of suspected Anonymous 'members', we attacked over 70 US law enforcement institutions, defacing their websites and destroying their servers...We demand persecutors immediately drop all charges and investigations against all "Anonymous" defendants."
The post claiming credit for the attack can be found here.