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 about the attack:
“We are publishing a list of members of your ‘force’ in order to make you understand how thin the curtain (or the balaclava) is behind which you are hiding. Make no mistake, with every action, comes a counter-reaction and we all have to pay for our acts! Approximately 5,400 police members’ identities will be revealed and dumped into the free public domain, together with your ID numbers, emails and password hash.” The hacker claimed to have had access to the police database for more than two weeks.
The news was only released about a week after the hacker with the username “Phineas Fisher” – who is responsible for breaches against spy software sellers Gamma Group and Hacking Team – launched an attack on the union of the Catalan police Mossos D’Esquadra (Police Force of Catalonia) and released a video demonstrating his actions.
This was not the first attack on the Spanish law enforcement authorities by the Anonymous. In 2012, an”anti-hack” operation was carried out in retaliation to arrests of several members of the hacker group.