BART Police database hacked – names and addresses posted online

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A database belonging to the BART Police Officers Association appears to have been hacked, and the names, postal and email addresses of officers posted online.

Just over 100 officers are listed in the document, in what is clearly a serious security breach.

The reason why BART is the focus for so much attention by hackers? Last week, in a highly controversial move, several BART stations in San Francisco halted their cellphone service for a few hours. It was believed that people protesting about the fatal shooting of a homeless man by BART police, might be co-ordinating their protest via mobile phone.

Of course, what’s happened now is that over 100 innocent police officers have had their safety put at risk by hackers revealing their private information.

Earlier this week the Anonymous were blamed for hacking the myBART.org website – belonging to San Francisco’s…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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