Names and addresses of 25,000 police officers published by Anonymous cell

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Police officers are once again finding their names, dates of birth and home addresses have been published on the web. Meanwhile, over half a million customers of a health insurance company have their personal data put at risk.

It’s a bad week for data security in Austria.

Almost 25,000 Austrian police officers are the latest to have their personal information exposed by the actions of Anonymous activists.

What is a cause for concern, of course, is that there is clearly the potential for officers – and indeed their families – to be targeted by vengeful criminals when data like this enters the public domain.

A group calling itself AnonAustria published a link to the data via its Twitter account earlier this week.

24,938 records leaked belonging to the Austrian police: [LINK]

Austria’s International Police Association (IPA) has denied that the information was stolen from their systems, but an Austrian Interior ministry spokesman said that…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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