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AntiSec Strikes Again! Attacks Law Enforcement in Support of #OWS Movement

AntiSec Raids Law Enforcement in Support of "Occupy Wall Street" Movement

On Friday, AntiSec supporters released a massive cache of personal and confidential information, after announcing the successful compromise of several law enforcement websites. The actions, a statement said, were done to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

AntiSec raids law enforcement “In solidarity with the Occupation Movement and the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, allied #anonymous and #antisec vessels took aim at the corrupt bootboys of the 1%: the police,” an AntiSec statement said.

“We hacked, defaced, and destroyed several law enforcement targets, leaking over 600MB of private information including internal documents, membership rosters, addresses, passwords, social security numbers, and other confidential data. According to the IACP's development documents, their systems cost several hundred thousand dollars. We are pleased to destroy it all for free, leaking their private info and defacing their websites in one swift blow.”

As part of the raid, AntiSec supporters compromised webservers used by Matrix Group, a web development firm located in Arlington, VA, boasting several law enforcement and government clients. The attack on Matrix Group led to the removal of dozens of websites from the Internet, and several other defacements. The defacements included Matrix Group information including sever logs and history files, financial data, client lists, and project information.

In addition to Matrix Group, AntiSec hit the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, and police officers in the Birmingham / Jefferson County area of Alabama. In all, more than 40 law enforcement websites were taken offline, and nearly 600MB of documents were seized in addition to the information leaks.

While targeting police officers and law enforcement agencies, the AntiSec announcement made sure that other groups discovered in the raid were left untouched.

AntiSec Supports Occupy Wall Street“We intentionally excluded the unions and other unrelated sites on their servers because, unlike the police and those who support them, we will never betray our working class comrades. We realize our role in the social struggle against capital and against the state, deciding instead to set our sights on the police, military and other government websites hosted by Matrix.”

Some of the compromised data was published to the Web, and more information is expected to follow. The question is now, how will the other Occupy Wall Street supporters react to these actions?

“We are attacking the police because they are the vicious boot boys of the 1% whose role in society is to protect the interests and assets of the rich ruling class. They are not part of the 99%-- they are working class traitors who are paid to intimidate, harass, and repress political movements that would possibly stand a threat to the power structure of the 1%,” the AntiSec statement concluded.

Speaking to SecurityWeek, Josh Shaul, the Chief Technology Officer of Application Security Inc., said that Friday’s breach disclosures highlight the risk of shared hosting environments, and the importance of data protection.

“It’s a clear illustration of the risk in shared hosting environments, where if the host goes down everyone gets hit,” he said.

If the attack was initiated via SQLi, and access from the database was leveraged in order to access the webservers, the result is compromised data and websites that have been, as is the case here, systematically removed from the internet.

“It’s a regular route to the server. To use SQLi at the website to enter the DB, and then use the DB to enter the server infrastructure, which leaves the attacker in control of not only the webservers, but the database and all of the information that was stored,” Shaul added.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.