Blueleaks: Anonymous hacking group leaked a 269 GB database of United States police personnel from nearly 200 Police Departments spread across the country on DDoSecrets
We had already reported that someone had gained unrestricted access to the police personnel posted across the length and breadth of the United States. Our article was based on an AP report which said someone was doxxing Police Personnel publicly through Pastebin Pastes. In that article, we had trashed the claim the Anonymous hacking group was responsible for these doxxing pastes as the leaks didn’t fit the Anonymous modus operandi. But now we have a real leak from the Anonymous hacking group.
The Anonymous hacking group is claimed to have leaked a whopping 296 GB database on the activism website, DDoSecrets. DDoSecrets is a Wikileaks-like website that specializes in leaking caches of previously secret data. The DDoSecrets mission statement is “transparency collective” and put up a tweet announcing the BlueLeaks
RELEASE: #BlueLeaks (269 GB)
Ten years of data from over 200 police departments, fusion centers and other law enforcement training and support resources. Among the hundreds of thousands of documents are police and FBI reports, bulletins, guides and more.https://t.co/sWzdKc2VFc
— Distributed Denial of Secrets (@DDoSecrets) June 19, 2020
What is Blueleaks?
Blueleaks is the name given by DDoSecrets to the massive 269 GB database of nearly 200 police department and fusion centers spread across the United States. The police Fusion Centers city-operated law and safety information centers which spread local law awareness and safety awareness news to the citizens. DDoSecrets says that the Blueleaks is a searchable database containing information about nearly 200 police departments and contains more than one million files, such as scanned documents, videos, emails, audio files, and more.
According to the security researcher, Brian Krebs, the leak seems to be an outcome of the data breach at Netsential, a Houston-based web development firm. Hackers had managed to breach into Netsential webservers and accessed the details of the 200 PDs and Fusion Centers stored on their servers according to the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA).
The link between Blueleaks and the current BlackLives Matter protest
There seems to a coherent link between the current Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and the Blueleaks. The BLM protests are going on in the United States due to the custodial murder of George Floyd and the killing of Rayshard Brooks. The DDoSecrets leaker chose to leak the data on 19th June. 19th June is also known as “Juneteenth” and celebrated as the day of the ending of slavery in the United States.
DDoSecrets says that the Blueleaks data leak was done by the Anonymous hacking group to commemorate the ending of slavery day and protest against the killing of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks. Anonymous hacktivist collective’s LA chapter, AnonymousLA also indirectly confirmed the Blueleaks data leaks
Strangely, the Anonymous hacktivist group’s main Twitter account, YourAnonCentral has not claimed responsibility for the BlueLeaks data breach.
DDoSecrets states that the Blueleaks contain Police Department details of ten years and most of the files are police and FBI reports, security bulletins, law enforcement guides, and more. However, Krebs says that the data does contain sensitive and personal information, such as names, bank account numbers, and phone numbers and is authentic.