Hackers Breach BART Union Site
August 18, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Hackers cracked into a the BART Police Officers’ Association Web site and released the names of 102 BART officers online, authorities say.
The hack, carried out Wednesday, was in response to the temporary disabling of underground cellular and Wi-Fi service at downtown San Francisco BART stations, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The decision by BART was made in attempt to keep demonstrators at a protest scheduled for Aug. 11 from corresponding. The protest did not end up taking place.
Names of 102 officers, as well as their home addresses, e-mail addresses and passwords for the site were posted online by a hacker group, with the comment “Yet another success,” written by the hackers.
Union President Jesse Sekhon, whose information was leaked, said he and his members were distressed by the breach in security.
“These people are criminals, and we’re going to forward this information to the FBI,” Sekhon said. “These people need to be brought to justice. They can’t be terrorizing people.”
The hacking group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for hacking and extracting information from 70 police department Web sites nationwide.