A hacktivist group on Friday published hundreds of gigabytes' worth of potentially sensitive files from police departments across the US in the form of a searchable database that can be sorted by officers' badge numbers.
The files don't provide much information about police misconduct, but they do include emails that appear to show how police departments and the FBI have monitored protests across the US.
The files include police departments exchanging information about the clothes, tattoos, and Twitter handles of people at the protests.
A group of hackers has published hundreds of thousands of files it said were leaked from over 200 police departments and FBI offices across the US, including internal memos, emails, and officers' personal information.
A memo obtained by the security reporter Brian Krebs said hackers compromised Netsential's servers and stole files hosted by fusion centers, or state agencies that facilitate information sharing among police departments.
Other internal memos included in the leak showed police departments exchanging information about specific clothing, signs, and cars of protesters deemed potential threats.
However, the documents don't appear to include much information about specific officers' misconduct or complaints about police departments, which are unlikely to be shared among departments via a fusion center. »