Anonymous jacks and tags Boston Police Department
Hackers linked to Anonymous and AntiSec have jacked and tagged a site run by the Boston Police Department in retaliation for a recent BPD raid against an OccupyBoston encampment in Dewey Park.
On Friday morning, BPDNews.com was serving up a page inserted by Anons titled "Anti-Sec," which included a message from the collective, along with an embedded version of "Sound of Da Police" performed by KRS-One.
"Do you remember a few months ago when #antisec attacked the Boston Police and released hundred of passwords in retaliation for the brutality against Occupy Boston?" Anonymous wrote in a communiqué pasted on the jacked website.
"They clearly ignored our warnings, because not only did they raid the camp again and kicked protesters off of public parks, but they also sent undercover TSA agents to assault and attempt to steal from some organizers. So you get your kicks beating protesters? That's OK; we get kicks defacing and rm'n your websites - again. BDNNews.com, the 'Boston Police Department Virtual Community' also fell to the swift merciless vengeance of the hive. Do you really want to step to this???"
For its part, the BPD acknowledged BPDNews.com was compromised and pledged to restore the site ASAP.
"It is unfortunate someone would go to this extent to compromise BPDNews.com... [The site is] a helpful and informative public safety resource utilized daily by community members seeking up-to-date news and information about important safety matters... [Our] detectives continue their investigation into individuals engaging in this type of disruptive and criminal activity."
In other Anonymous related news, members of the collective hacked the Syracuse (New York) police website, but did not, at least according to the SPD, access law enforcement reports or other sensitive information. Nevertheless, Syracuse police department names and apparent passwords were apparently posted to the 'Net.
In addition, Anonymous accessed the Greek Justice ministry website on Friday and posted a protest video criticizing Greece's austerity policies mandated by the EU and IMF. "You have joined the IMF against your people's acquiescence," the group intoned on the video. "Democracy was given birth in your country but you have killed it..."
FInally, as TG Daily reported earlier today, hackers linked to Anonymous and AntiSec managed to obtain a "sensitive" conference call between the FBI and the British Scotland Yard - which was held to discuss the collective on January 17th.
The FBI confirmed the incident, stating that the call "was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained."
It remains unclear if the hackers intercepted the call or extracted a recording from either the FBI or Scotland Yard networks. However, Sophos security researcher Graham Cluley believes Anonymous was able to secretly access the call after compromising a police investigator's email account.