The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Officers Association website was hacked and a database containing personal information was posted online. Anonymous went to Twitter and denied responsibility for the hacking.
Digital Journal reported earlier this week that the San Francisco Bay Area subway system was hacked. This led to the leaked information of more than 2,400 customers. The hack comes a week after the system shut down cell phone service before a planned protest, which led to the discussion of freedom of speech rights.
A couple of days later, another website affiliated with the subway system was hacked. BART Police Officers Association was compromised and a database containing more than 100 names, email and home addresses and passwords was published online using Pastebin.
As of Thursday morning, BARTpoa.com is offline.
BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow told KCBS Radio that the agency is condemning the attacks and finds it disturbing because the leaked information could put the officers’ lives in jeopardy.
“We roundly condemn it. It's just putting more people in jeopardy,” said Fairow. “Their personal information is out there. BART police officers are used to working in a dangerous environment. What they're not used to is having their families put in jeopardy."
Anonymous took to Twitter Wednesday and did not take responsibility for the hack.
“The leak today of BART officer data could be the work sanctioned by those who truly support anonymous, or agent provocateurs. Stay skeptical,” wrote AnonymousOps on Twitter. “FYI, No one claimed responsibility for the hack. Some random joe joined a channel and released the data to the press.”
An Internet chat log between a user named Lamaline_5mg – claims to be a first-time hacker – and n0pants may suggest that Lamaline_5mg is responsible for the hack.
[08/17/11 11:18] Lamaline_5mg: I don't want the media to know anything about the hackers.
[08/17/11 11:19] n0pants: in what sense?
[08/17/11 11:19] Lamaline_5mg: I am not a hacker. This is my first attack.
[08/17/11 11:19] n0pants: ohwow
[08/17/11 11:19] n0pants: that's pretty newsworthy too
[08/17/11 11:19] Lamaline_5mg: I just got pissed about what bart did and learned a lot about Microsoft SQLi.
[08/17/11 11:19] n0pants: u cover yr ass?
[08/17/11 11:20] Lamaline_5mg: Sure I do.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has already launched an investigation into the first hack and is now working on expanding its probe into the hacking of the BART police union website, which has 230 members.
BART union president, Jesse Sekhon, told the San Francisco Gate that the hackers are criminals and that they are going to go after them.
“These people are criminals and we're going to forward this information to the FBI,” said Sekhon. “These people need to be brought to justice. They can't be terrorizing people."
Nonetheless, according to the International Business Times, Anonymous has announced that it will stage another protest sometime next week during BART rush hours.