Hackers Post BART Police Officers’ Private Information

This is not the first time hackers, who claim to be from Anonymous, have harassed BART. Previously this week members of the group hacked into a BART website and released user names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 2,000 BART customers.

Anonymous made some more trouble this week by posting the names, home addresses, email addresses and passwords of 102 police officers who work for San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency.

This is not the first time hackers, who claim to be from Anonymous, have harassed BART. Previously this week members of the group hacked into a BART website and released user names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 2,000 BART customers.

These harassments are apparently an act of vengeance because BART took precautions by temporarily cutting off underground cell phone service to commuters last Thursday. The precautions were in response to a scheduled protest against the shooting of a homeless man by BART police in March.

According to Computer World, the Anonymous Twitter account made comments concerning the attacks on BART. Furthermore, on a separate Twitter account used by Anonymous noted that “no one claimed responsibility” for this morning’s incident.

BART posted a brief statement on their main site condemning the attack:

“We are deeply concerned about the safety and security of our employees and their families,” BART’s interim general manager, Sherwood Wakeman, said in the statement. “We stand behind them and our customers who were the subject of an earlier attack. We are deeply troubled by these actions.”

So far the BART police union website from which the data was accessed remains inaccessible.

The harassments by Anonymous in opposition to BART are similar to several other attacks the group has stage recently. The attacks are based on the perceived idea that the target had done something wrong and “deserved it.”

It should be noted that sixteen suspected members of Anonymous were arrested last month in a federal raid on the notorious hacking group.