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Anonymous Exposes Information Belonging to Cincinnati Police Officials

A black man without any self defensive arm was shot at to death. This angered the Internet-based hacktivist group Anonymous that fought the police of Cincinnati nearly to war. The group in a strong reaction recently leaked confidential data belonging to fifty two police officers, including Eliot Isaac, Cincinnati Chief and others like rank-and-file officials.

Anonymous' action was motivated via its condemnation of the police department following the cops' unnecessary killing of a black person named Paul Gaston on 17th February 2016.

The death of Mr. Gaston followed when police officers shot him number of times because when they were attempting at handcuffing him, he tried to get hold of one pellet gun. Some minutes before, eyewitnesses saw Mr. Gaston falling out from the vehicle that had just dashed against one telephone pole.

Among police officers' personal information which the hacktivist organization leaked were names, age, e-mail ids, street addresses and social media A/Cs. Besides, certain officers' family member details like their names as well as addresses too were exposed. Hackread.com posted this dated February 22, 2016.

The hacktivist organization in a warning to the officers stated that it had one missive for not just the cops of Cincinnati; however, for all law enforcement officials that if they killed any human being, Anonymous would publicly expose their information, even as they would data dump the maximum possible officers whom the group found appropriate for a given circumstance. Incidentally, the warning came through a video which showed part of the killing operation.

As of now, it is not known what precise method was used for executing the data hack, while police of Cincinnati have engaged themselves in assessing the destruction as well as determining the individual's name who has been behind it.

Police Lt. Steve Saunders within one statement reported in Cincinnati.com said that there was no difficulty in accessing the entire lot of data through online searches, adding that Anonymous did not have to really infiltrate any server of the department.

Meanwhile, there have been previous instances also when Anonymous hacked police department in connection with a civilian's shooting as well as assassination.

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