Trigger Warning: Schadenfreude ahead.
Anonymous hacked the Fraternal Order of Police. Tell me there isn’t a smirk on your face. The dump is being offered online by CTHULHU, who says he’s in the UK and, well, isn’t particularly concerned about the fury of irate cops.
Today I released some files from the Fraternal Order of Police, allegedly the largest union-type body in the US representing sworn-in police officers. Since then, many groups have shared it over social media and other means, for which I thank all who have donated their bandwidth to seed the files over the torrent.
I haven’t downloaded the dump, nor read it, nor really given a damn about what it offers. Others will sift through it, and if there is anything in there that comes as a surprise, it will no doubt be subject to huge scrutiny and criticism. Given the reaction by some cops, it’s likely that there will be stuff in there to bring a twinkle to someone’s eye.
Note to irritated members of law enforcement
Don’t bother with legal threats or trying to get UK law enforcement to seek revenge. This is me playing nice.
If you want to go nuclear with me, feel free to do so, but trust me when I say you might want to think long and hard before you do.
I’m not known for bluffing, and I know many more of your secrets. About 18TB all in all actually, all unpublished yet.
“I dare you – I double dare you motherfucker”
Does CTHULHU have the chops to go to war and win? Beats me, but I surely wouldn’t test him. Then again, there is no reason why I would under any circumstances.
I have no clue how secure the FOP website was, or what level of sophistication was required to hack it. Clearly, it’s way past my abilities, but then, I can barely remember my own passwords, so that’s of no consequence. No doubt there will be hackers who say it was no big deal to get in, but that ignores the fact that someone did get in, did download the recipe for their secret sauce, did put it online for all to see.
Is it wrong? Of course it is, just as it would be wrong for someone to rifle through your (or my) personal stuff. Cops used to be fairly open on the internet about discussing their peculiar concerns. They have cop-only websites that used to be open to the public, but now are hidden behind walls so they can chat amongst themselves about how much they hate people and how nobody understands a cop except a cop.
But whatever sympathy one might have for the pulling back of the curtain on private police discussion and information, it is impossible to not hear their favorite gambit ring in your ears:
Why won’t you consent to a search? What do you have to hide?
Sucks to be on the receiving end of your own bullshit, doesn’t it? We may not appreciate how it feels to be a cop, but now you appreciate how it feels to deal with you. Welcome to the club.