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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Anonymous Hacks BART Police Website, Releases Personal Information of 100 Officers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

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Update (2:50 p.m.): BART removed the police website that was hacked this morning, and issued the following statement:"We condemn this latest attack on the working men and women of BART. We are deeply concerned about the safety and security of our employees and their families. We stand behind them and our customers who were the subject of an earlier attack. We are deeply troubled by these actions."

Original story (11:25 a.m.)
Hacker group Anonymous tweeted this morning that someone had hacked into the BART Police Officer's Association website, releasing the addresses, e-mail addresses, and passwords of 102 BART police officers. The list has been posted online.

Anonymous is the notorious online hacker group that organized Monday's BART demonstrations after the transit agency blocked cellphone service on the platforms last Thursday in an attempt to disrupt a rally. Monday's protests caused major disruptions, forcing BART to close four stations, which of course, enraged commuters.

The AnonyOps twitter feed added: "FYI, No one claimed responsibility for the hack. Some random joe joined a channel and released the data to the press." Apparently, the group is so secretive that it doesn't even know what its own members are doing.

The feed advises members to stay skeptical, as "The leak today of BART officer data could be the work sanctioned by those who truly support anonymous, or agent provocateurs."

SF Weekly has been able to confirm that at least one of the San Francisco officers on the list, Hany Abdoun, is a BART officer, as he is listed in a Spring 2011 publication by the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

SF Weekly has called BART for comment, but has not received a response yet. We'll keep you updated.

Read more about the group's plan to disrupt BART service with a demonstration on Monday.

See more pictures from the #OpBart protest on Monday:

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