Hackers just leaked sensitive files from over 200 police departments that are searchable by badge number

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A hacktivist group released hundreds of gigabytes of potentially sensitive police files in the United States on Friday in the form of a searchable database that can be sorted by officers' ID numbers.
The leaked data came from a security breach at a Houston-based web service company that maintains multiple law enforcement data centers. This emerges from a memo by security reporter Brian Krebs.
The files don't contain much information about police misconduct, but they do contain emails that show how police and the FBI have monitored protests in the United States.
The files contain police authorities that exchange information about people's clothing, tattoos, and Twitter handles during the protests.
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A group of hackers has released hundreds of thousands of files that have been alleged to have been leaked from over 200 law enforcement agencies and FBI offices in the U.S., including internal memos, emails, and personal information from officials.
The data dump known as "BlueLeaks" was released on Friday by a hacktivist group called DDoSecrets. Many of the documents are said to show how law enforcement agencies exchanged information about COVID-19, George Floyd protesters, and even police-critical tweets.
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Ten years of data from over 200 law enforcement agencies, merger centers and other law enforcement training and support resources. Hundreds of thousands of documents include police and FBI reports, bulletins, guides, and more.
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The files appear to be due to a data breach at Netsential, a Houston-based web service provider that contracts with U.S. law enforcement agencies. A memo from security reporter Brian Krebs says hackers have compromised Netsential's servers and stolen files hosted by fusion centers or government agencies to facilitate the exchange of information between police forces.
Netsential did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
The leaked files indicate that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have closely monitored social media accounts that they believe are organizing protests against George Floyd's death. An unclassified FBI memo to the police authorities in late May said the security of "law enforcement supporters" could be at risk, and quoted two tweets about the destruction of "blue life stuff" utensils.
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The FBI monitors all tweets about the protests and sends them to your local police. #BlueLeaks
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Other internal memos contained in the leak showed that police authorities exchanged information about certain clothing, signs, and cars of demonstrators that were identified as a potential threat. Police officers have already made arrests after tracking people down using photos taken during protests.
#BlueLeaks Remember that you are always hiding your tattoos and anything that indicates who you are. You're looking for. Closely. Doctors are considered extremist because they help injured demonstrators.
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However, the documents do not appear to contain much information about the misconduct of certain officers or complaints about police departments that are unlikely to be exchanged between departments through a merger center.
Similar to WikiLeaks, DDoSecrets states that it serves as a forum to publish leaked information while keeping hackers' identities secret and that it is "not involved in data exfiltration".
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