The Daily Courier posted an article about the E-mail accounts of a few police officers getting hacked and posted online for the world to see. While I generally disapprove of crap like Wikileaks or the posting confidential information in any online forum, here’s what caught my eye:
“This leak has names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, social security numbers, online dating account info, voicemails, chat logs, and seductive girlfriend pictures belonging to a dozen Arizona police officers. We found more internal police reports, cops forwarding racist chain emails, k9 drug unit cops who use percocets, and a convicted sex offender who was part of FOP Maricopa Lodge Five,” the [hacker] group said.
Now technically I don’t think any of that is illegal, but the statement does certainly paint the police in a bad light. In my personal opinion, the police should hold themselves to the highest standard of morality and ethics and should be ready to stand inspection and be accountable for anything found to be less than exceptional. However, cops are people too and they have a reasonable expectation to privacy that should not be violated by anyone.
Never the less, this is a lesson and prime example to the rest of us to not trust anything connected to the Internet. If the cops can get pwned, where does that leave the rest of us? My personal rule: If it can transmit, don’t trust it. Of course, it also helps if one is not a racist drug-abusing sex offender.
Via: Daily Courier