Anonymous hacks BART police officer information, posts it online 

For the second time in a week, online activists have hacked into a BART-related website, this time publicly posting personal information about the agency’s police officers.

The names, home and email addresses, and passwords of 102 members of BART’s Police Officers’ Association were posted Wednesday on a separate website.

While purported members of the Anonymous hackers collective claimed credit for Sunday’s separate cyberattack on a BART-related website, it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the latest incident.

A French woman with the online handle of Lamaline said that she hacked the POA site, her alleged first act as a member of Anonymous.

By noon, the POA website had been taken down, and police contacted authorities about investigating the incident and safeguarding against future attacks, union President Jesse Sekhon said.

Sekhon, whose own address and password were revealed, said his organization advised members to contact their hometown police to protect against possible threats.

“I’m very angry,” Sekhon said. “This is a criminal act. These people are using electronic means to terrorize people. If they can do this, where is this going to stop?”

Angered by the July 3 fatal BART shooting of Charles Hill and the agency’s subsequent decision to shut off underground cellphone service to quell a protest, self-proclaimed “Anons” said they would target BART-related websites.

On Sunday, the group hacked into myBART.org and published phone numbers, passwords and email addresses of about 2,400 BART patrons.

Following Wednesday’s hack, BART management denounced the act.

“We condemn this latest attack on the working men and women of BART,” said interim General Manager Sherwood Wakeman, who signed off on the decision to shut down cellphone service. “We are deeply concerned about the safety and security of our employees and their families. We stand behind them and our customers who were the subject of an earlier attack.”

Also on Wednesday, a separate Twitter feed tied to the Anonymous group announced that activists are planning another Monday protest at BART’s Civic Center station at 5 p.m.

 

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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