BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Saboteurs stole passwords and sensitive information on tipsters while hacking into the websites of several law enforcement agencies worldwide in attacks attributed to the collective known as Anonymous.

Breaches were reported this week in Boston, Syracuse, N.Y., Salt Lake City and Greece.

Hackers gained access to the Salt Lake City Police Department website that gathers citizen complaints about drug and other crimes, including phone numbers, addresses and other personal data of informants, police said.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

The website remained down Friday as police worked to make it more secure.

Boston Police Department’s website was hacked Friday morning by the group, which claimed retaliation for police action during the Occupy Boston eviction.

The hackers posted a music video by 80s rapper KRS-One on the website with a message that threatened “more mayhem.”

Friday’s incident was the second time BPD had been hacked. Hackers referenced the initial cyber attack in their statement on

“They clearly ignored our warnings, because not only did they raid the camp again and kicked protesters off of public parks, but they also sent undercover TSA agents to assualt (sic) and attempt to steal from some organizers,” a message read.

Boston police evicted Occupy protesters from Dewey Square back in December after the movement sued for a permanent injunction against the city and lost in court.

Forty-six people were arrested during that eviction.

Boston police issued a statement acknowledging the site had been hacked, saying they were working on fixing the problem.

“It is unfortunate that someone would go to this extent to compromise, a helpful and informative public safety resource utilized daily by community members seeking up-to-date news and information about important safety matters,” a police spokesperson said.

Computer security experts are not surprised.

“There’s no such thing as an un-hackable website,” says Tim Lasonde, the president of Boston-based NSK, inc., an information technology company. “Vulnerabilities that get exploited have been around forever and there always will be those vulnerabilities.”

Boston Police have an active online presence. They say they have more Twitter followers than any police department in the world. They have the oldest police blog in the country, founded in 2005, and it gets up to 90,000 hits a month. Those factors may have made this department a more attractive target.

Anonymous is a collection of Internet enthusiasts, pranksters and activists whose targets have included financial institutions such as Visa and MasterCard, the Church of Scientology and law enforcement agencies.

Following a spate of arrests across the world, the group and its various offshoots have focused their attention on law enforcement agencies in general and the FBI in particular.

The group also claimed responsibility for recently hacking the website of a Virginia law firm that represented a U.S. Marine involved in the deaths of civilians in Iraq in 2005.

Anonymous also published a recording on the internet Friday of a phone call between the FBI and Scotland Yard, gloating in a Twitter message that, “the FBI might be curious how we’re able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now.”

In Greece, the Justice Ministry took down its site Friday after a video by activists claiming to be Greek and Cypriot members of Anonymous was displayed for at least two hours.

Salt Lake City authorities continued their investigation and said criminal charges were being considered.

Police said the group Anonymous had taken credit for the attack through local media but hadn’t contacted the department directly.

The hackers claim to have targeted the site in opposition to an anti-graffiti paraphernalia bill that eventually failed in the state Senate. The bill would have made it illegal to possess any instrument, tool or device with the intent of vandalizing an area with graffiti.

Salt Lake City police Detective Josh Ashdown downplayed any danger to citizens.

He said the department’s website is used by residents to report crimes or suspicious activity, and that some submit the tips anonymously while others include personal information.

Ashdown said investigators believe the group is bluffing about the extent of the information it got from the website, and he noted authorities didn’t think any of the details would be widely distributed.

He said police don’t have any reason to believe that citizens who reported crimes on the website are going to be targeted specifically.

“Our main concern is for the public not to lose confidence in the department,” Ashdown said.

In New York, Syracuse police said the department website had also been hacked in an attack attributed to Anonymous.

Sgt. Tom Connellan said names and passwords of people authorized to alter the site were stolen earlier this week and posted on Twitter.

No private information about officers or citizens was accessed, he said, though the site remained down Friday while the FBI and state police continued to investigate. In an online post attributed to Anonymous, the group claims to have targeted the Syracuse site for failing to aggressively pursue child abuse allegations against a former assistant basketball coach.

Another incident struck the website of the Alexandria, Va., law firm of Puckett & Faraj, which represented a U.S. Marine convicted of negligent dereliction of duty in a 2005 attack in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of 24 unarmed civilians.

Attorney Neal Puckett did not immediately return a telephone message and email seeking comment Friday.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong contributed to this report.

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Comments (54)
  1. sdfsdgsfdgd says:

    Thank you Liz Warren for laying the intellectual framework for the occupy wall street movement.

    1. toby says:

      why would we trust organizations that trounce the CONSTITUTION
      nazi guards followed orders and killed millions
      don’t really feel like waiting until you feel bad for KILLING AMERICANS excersizing their rights

    2. Dr. 9 says:

      What did you expect from a communist?

      Message to all the elected, lying, crooks, who control the cities where the OWS cretins have nested:


    3. Cam Kirmser says:

      The Occupy movement is a new twist on the war between the Haves and the Wants.

      They are too lazy to work, so they lay around on others’ property.

  2. Juan Figuroa says:

    Thugs. We’re turning into a third-world country, with thugs threatening the cops, and committing retaliatory crimes against police who attempt to maintain public order.

    1. Brian says:

      Right, “public order” . . . .

  3. Robert says:

    It’s about time cops learned they may be above the law, but they’re not above justice.

    1. liberals mustgo says:

      Not a smart comment…try again. Robert is dumb. Pass it on.

    2. Publius says:

      I think this is called “projection.” You are actually talking about yourself and your OWS gang, aren’t you Robert?

    3. Mark Matis says:

      Well said, Robert!

  4. ginny2 says:

    I’m not a Tea Party member/follower but, to think that the Tea Party gatherings were all done with permits in place, did not destroy or damage any property, were required to provide their own cleanup crews and security, yet were vilified. The media and people ranted and raved about their 1 day events. Then along comes the Occupy groups,who have no permits, damage and destroy, rack up police costs, and have the media support as weill as the liberal politicians. What a wonderful country we’ve become.

    1. davec says:

      Before making stupid comments, go read the 2011 November Forbes magazine article about the 0.004%-er who went to an OWS rally.

      There essentially were no OWSers there, the crap being pulled is not OWSers, its outsiders coming in to cause trouble and discredit OWS.

      People like you, by the way.

  5. Btruth says:

    Justice doesn’t exist in an obvious corporatism fascist dictatorship like the ussa. More power to the hackers. But they probably are the CIA or some other global elite mafia thug agency/outfit..

  6. frenzic says:

    ussa. Now that is a nice analogy.

  7. Sean says:

    I don’t know. Say there is an informant to a rape or murder or something akin to the same.
    That persons life could now be in extreme danger.
    I feel this has a far wider effect than we may know.

  8. tom nute says:

    american cops are the new bullies. they are fascist and cruel. they are the thugs in blue.. never ever trust a police officer. ever

    1. liberals mustgo says:

      You can’t help being stupid.

      1. richek Vishinsky says:

        you must be constantly looking into the mirror.. Im rubber and your glue .

    2. Cam Kirmser says:

      You are a fool, nute.

      1. Mark Matis says:

        No, he is one of the few honest posters here.

    3. davec says:


      And last weeks cops murdering a 15 year olf black boy with Autism.

      United States of Syria.

  9. TJP says:

    The “thugs in blue” aren’t the ones spreading disease and filth, stealing, raping, and murdering. Not that all OWS are like that, mind you, but it’s statistically more fair to characterize OWS that way than to characterize the police as thugs because of maybe a handful of incidents. OWS is just being a general useless annoyance and getting in the way of regular citizens going about their business. They would have zero legitimacy if the liberal press hadn’t hyped them from the start.

  10. Can we agree that people generally don’t like snitches? Maybe Anonymous supports the Stop Snitchin’ movement

    1. liberals mustgo says:

      I don’t agree. SNITCH ON CRIMINALS!

      1. richie rich says:

        the only criminals you moron are the cops. .everyone knows that….by this time it is common knowledge… not carnal knowledge….

      2. Stupid Occupy Freaks says:

        Richie if you think the cops are criminals something tells me you have been in trouble with the law before. Why don’t you clean up your act along with all the other occupy freaks.

        Take a bath, put on some clean clothes, just because a loose woman dresses… well doesn’t dress properly doesn’t mean she wants to be raped, and stop doing the illegal drugs.

        Maybe then you’d learn that cops are our friends, not foes.

  11. workingman says:

    these are Obama future brown shirts

    1. Atom&Yves says:

      They ARE Obama brown shirts.

  12. richie rich says:

    hopefully these citizen spies are targeted !! dirty people they are… now you pay the price for being a government RAT

  13. Billy Sanders says:

    Exactly! You can not denounce one while praising another. Be it they are both ‘bad’ or both ‘good’ –but you must NOT differentiate between the two Both groups have equal rights to express their opinions/views. Once the Government takes sides, it’s over, we now know where you truly stand.

  14. Italo says:

    Just with other movements around the world that instead may call themselves terrorists, this group represents the part of these elements that are really nuts and criminals, and use the media to commit their “mayhem” and vandalizing on a global scale. I believe that not all OW contingents are bad, just as not all cultures involved in terrorism-related acts are bad because of the culture that they are. This isn’t about media privacy or interference, this is, yes, about thugs and criminals not doing this in the name of the Occupy movement, but because they wish to use the Occupy movement as an excuse to commit wrongdoing. Just like terrorism in the Middle East isn’t about Islam, it’s about nuts who use the name of Islam as an excuse to carry out their serial destruction on an e-global, media-based scale.

    And just with all those types, the OW people do not make themselves look too bright, believable, not entitled, or possessing of common sense if the only way they can get the government’s attention about their own complaints, is to injure the government in the same way, thus simply perpetuating the same wrongdoing.

    1. dowdy says:

      Thank you Italo. Best comment here.

      1. StandUp says:

        Except for his idiotic observations on Islam. Read the damn Koran and you will see that they are not aberarant, but are taking the Koran for it’s word. Terrorism is all part of the “submit” part of Islam, which itself means “submit.” Submit or else.

  15. JW says:

    How anyone can support hacking is beyond me.
    I dare say all the atta boy cheerleaders for the hackers would
    change their minds were they the hacker’s target.
    People who have reported criminal activity in their neighborhoods to police because they were told their reports would be protected and no harm would befall them now live in fear of be targeted for their efforts.

    1. davec says:

      “How anyone can support hacking is beyond me.”

      Thats the result of being un-educated and self absorbed.

      Its not about you.

  16. Tom Paine says:

    Let us hope tipsters now are found hogtied in ditches…

    1. Mark Matis says:

      Works for me. “Law Enforcement” has become the largest gang in the country, far worse than anything they claim to protect us against. They have spit on their oath to the Constitution and instead grovel before their Masters and then do whatever they are told. “Law Enforcement”? Not hardly. Merely Thugs with Guns. And there are appropriate ways of dealing with the swill.

      May every one of them rot where they belong for what they have done to this country.

  17. Willley says:

    Go go hackers! Target the police state.

  18. Anonymous says:

    At some point, will this not be considered a clear and present danger to the security of the United States? Consequently, can’t these anonymous hackers be assassinated?

    1. davec says:

      Stupid, self absorbed comment, hackers are a benefit to security, they show where the leaks are.

      And as to your violent hatred, that should receive help from a psychiatrist, youre mentaly ill

    2. Mark Matis says:

      Better to assassinate the damnable pigs instead. THEY are the swill that have spit on their oath to the Constitution. Nothing quite like a dead pig in the middle of the road, stinkin’ to high heaven!

  19. davec says:

    The problem here is the hackers have proven the whistle blowers are not safe, in proving the cops websites are not secure.

    If they can hack in and get informants names, so can the criminals who they blew the whistle on.

    And the number of you too STUPID to understand this is amazig.

    1. davec says:

      and PS its UNFORGIVEABLE for the cops to be so STUPID as to post this info where it can be accessed on line.

      It should be kept secured on paper.

  20. Anonymous says:

    My, my, my. Doesn’t the awareness of a consequence for antisocial actions fire up the anarchists. Well, as evolution of society has shown, over and over again, eventually the masses will take law into their own hands. In the mean time, I’m amazed that the corporations, targeted by anonymous hacking, have not yet contracted with those fully capable of resolving this problem. It is a much simpler and less expensive solution.

    1. Mark Matis says:

      Actually, they already HAVE. This country’s “Law Enforcement” have all taken an oath to the Institution, but instead spit on that oath on a daily basis. They will soon pay for their treason…

      1. Mark Matis says:

        What a crock! Good ol’ CBS is using autocorrect, and changed “Constitution” to “Institution”. But then what else would one expect from them these days?

  21. danzi777son says:

    good shut these pigs down hahahahah!

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