The DDoSecrets activist group, which describes itself as a “champion of transparency,” has published 269 GB of data, owned by law enforcement agencies and data centers in the United States.Fusion Centers usually act as intermediaries and focal points between state law enforcement agencies, local governments, and US federal agencies.
Such centers participate in the training of officers, transmit federal warnings, manuals and various instructions to the local police from the central government and vice versa.
The unveiled dump is called BlueLeaks, and it contains over a million files, including scans of documents, videos, emails, audio files, and more. Representatives of DDoSecrets claim that the data was “kindly provided” to them by anonymous hacktivists.
DDoSecrets also claims that the dump contains files for more than ten years, owned by 200 different police departments and data centers in the United States.
So, most files are police and FBI reports, security bulletins, various law enforcement guides, and more. In addition, some of the files contain confidential and personal information, such as names, bank account numbers, and phone numbers.
“With this volume of material, there are bound to be compromises of sensitive operations and maybe even human sources or undercover police, so I fear it will put lives at risk”, — said Stewart Baker, an attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and a former assistant secretary of policy at the U.S.
Most of the published files are marked “Netsential.com Inc,” the name of a Texas-based hosting company that seems to have been hacked. So, in his blog, the famous IS journalist Brian Krebs writes that the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) has already confirmed the authenticity of this leak by sending an internal warning to its members.
According to NFCA, a preliminary analysis showed that publicly available data was actually taken from the servers of Netsential, a company that provides hosting services to law enforcement agencies and US data centers.
DDoSecrets is often called an analogue of Wikileaks, as the previous “damps” of activists resulted in major government and corruption scandals around the world, and DDoSecrets itself is regularly mentioned on the pages of such magazines as the New York Times, CNN, The Daily Beast and so on.
We also note the recent high-profile leak: Maze ransomware operators leaked data on Costa Rica bank customers.
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