October 24, 2011 Currently, the world’s finest are convening with Chicago’s finest at the 118th Annual International Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition at McCormick Place West. On Monday, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director, Robert S. Mueller and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police. So why haven’t we heard more about the festivities?
The National Chiefs of Police Union’s 51 police chiefs first gathered at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 to discuss the challenges they faced in their departments. In 1902, the organization changed its name to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Tens of thousands of high ranking federal, state, county and local law enforcement officials gather from around the globe for the event, held in a different city each year. Representatives from the defense, law enforcement and the homeland security industries rent booths to tout the latest technology, tools and toys. Cities, agencies, law enforcement personel, fallen heroes and even canines are acknowledged at awards ceremonies. However, a security breach the night before the annual event, perhaps coupled with the global expansion of Occupy Wall Street spinoffs have been keeping them quiet this year – or maybe something more.
‘Anonymous’ is claiming responsibility for hacking several police sites on Saturday, then leaking usernames and passwords. In addition to a show of support for the police brutality protest, the hackers took a swipe at the IACP’s conference. The Web site defacements and leaks were reportedly a show of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street protests taking place in New York, Boston, Chicago and elsewhere.
“Anonymous,” also known as AntiSec, said The International Association of Chiefs of Police website was deliberately targeted because its annual conference opened in Chicago on October 22, which coincidently was the same date of the group’s “Day of Action Against Police Brutality.” The IACP Conference runs through Wednesday, October 26.
According to the group, in a notice posted on Pastebin late Friday it “hacked, defaced, and destroyed several law enforcement targets, leaking over 600MB of private information including internal documents, membership rosters, addresses, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential data.”
Tech site reports say at least 16,000 records memberships, and all IACP-related websites were compromised. According to Wired, the websites of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) the Baldwin County Sheriff’s office in Alabama and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) were replaced by an anti-police rap video. Client list and financials for Matrix Group, a DC-based web design and marketing firm with law enforcement customers were reportedly compromised as well.
A video also greeted visitors on the IACP website in which a masked spokesperson speaking in a computerized voice said:
“the clashes the Occupy Wall Street protestors had with police serve to remind us that we’re living in a police state with absolutely no respect for the right of the people to peacefully assemble and exercise their constitutional free speech. But we will not be scared away… This abuse of authority by the NYPD only serves to strengthen our resolve and reinforce our belief that corruption and injustice in America must be fought.”
An online post specifically referenced the IACP conference and the Chicago protests:
“The IACP thought they could hold their 2011 annual conference in Chicago unfettered by the clutches of insurrection,” an online post stated. The post continued:
“They must not have known their conference starts on the Day of Action Against Police Brutality. They must not have known that all over the world people are in the streets demonstrating discontent with capitalism and the state. They also had no idea that for the past few months black hat hackers have been owning their Web sites and databases. They should have expected us.”
It’s National Cyber-Security Awareness Month, and ‘Anonymous’ has terrorized the U.S. government all month – not letting them forget how unprepared the nation remains for a serious cyber-terrorism attack.