Feeds

Hertfordshire plod passwords leaked by pro-Assange data burglar

Database raid by lackadaisical protestor

New hybrid storage solutions

A UK police website has been hacked, exposing usernames, unencrypted passwords and other sensitive login details for more than 90 serving officers.

The miscreant who raided the Hertfordshire force's database also lifted and leaked workplace phone numbers, email addresses, warrant numbers and PINs of the county's Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The hacker claims to be a sympathiser of Julian Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, and the digital break-in is seen as a protest against efforts by UK police to arrest the Wikileaker-in-chief.

The home county's top cops have suspended part of the knackered website as a precaution while tech sleuths investigate the breach, as this statement explains:

Hertfordshire Constabulary is currently investigating following the publication on the internet of information stored on a database linked to the public Safer Neighbourhoods pages of the external constabulary website.

As a precaution these pages have been temporarily disabled whilst the circumstances as to how this information was obtained is investigated.

There is absolutely no suggestion that any personal data relating to officers or members of the public has been, or could have been compromised. Nevertheless matters of IT security are extremely important to the constabulary and an investigation is already under way.

The black hat hacker who claimed responsibility for the breach leaked what looks like records from the Hertfordshire Police website database along with a quote from Assange and an "OpFreeAssange" banner. The miscreant involved dissociated himself from Anonymous by saying he was not a member of the hacktivist collective.

He stated: "I am not a member of Anonymous. Do whatever the fuck you want with this information, I don't give a fuck! This is nothing big not some l33t h4x shit... but this tells how insecure the web is."

Anonymous has run a number of operations in support of Wikileaks and Assange over recent months, including attacking banks and PayPal for blocking the whistle-blowing website's online fundraising efforts.

Cops are poised outside the Ecuadorian embassy in west London ready to cuff Assange should he attempt to make a break for it. The UK authorities have agreed to extradite Assange to Sweden for questioning over sexual assault allegations made by two women. The Wikileaks founder preempted his arrest by legging it to the embassy and successfully applying for asylum. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap
You should be OK if you're not using ANCIENT password
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it
Now we've had all THAT TRAFFIC, we 'deplore' this theft
Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies
User now 'waiting for the bad guys come and get me with their water-boards'
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.