A hacker associated with Anonymous leaks a data dump, which appears to contain the personal details of around 5,400 members of the Spanish Police. The released information contains full names, email addresses, hashed passwords and national ID numbers. A police investigation just started about the case since a cybercriminal had successfully breached the website of Mutual Social Security Police (mupol.es). It is believed that the hacker’s Twitter account goes by [email protected], which has been regularly posting out links to the data to the social media website, however, most of the data has been already removed.
The hacker added a statement alongside the release of the sensitive data saying the leak was made in response to the controversial Spanish “gag law” which came into effect last year and permits the state to levy fines of up to €600,000 (around $668,435) for “unauthorized protests.” At the time the law was passed, it was criticized by NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), civil rights groups and Spanish journalists. UN experts even released a statement on 23 February 2015 saying that it “penalizes a wide range of actions and behaviors that are essential for the exercise of this fundamental right”. The cybercriminal also added this statement