David Dodd 2:33 a.m., May 19
Cyber Crimes Enforcer Gets Hacked
AntiSec, a collection of hackers associated with the Anonymous group of online activists that have more recently branched out into live protests and/or the hacker group LulzSec, announced a massive personal data dump on Friday. The victim this time appears to be San Diego-based Alfredo Baclagan, a retired supervisor of CATCH – Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team, a multi-agency task force that focuses on internet crime in San Diego and Riverside Counties, as well as in the Imperial Valley.
A total of 38,000 documents from two of Baclagan’s e-mail addresses were released, Antisec says, many of a personal nature. “We lulzed as we listened to angry voicemails from his estranged wives and ex-girlfriends while also reading his conversations with girls who responded to his 'man seeking woman' craigslist ads,” a computerized voice says in a video released by the group (caution: some coarse language).
More valuable than laughable, however, may have been five years’ worth of archives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists’ private discussions lifted from Baclagan’s accounts. These include various discussions of surveillance, case-building, and prosecution techniques employed by various law enforcement agencies across the country. With such information now in the public sphere, including discussion of tactics in ongoing cases, those accused of cyber crimes will better be able to defend against enforcement.
AntiSec has been retaliating against the well-publicized arrests of less sophisticated supporters in conjunction with Anonymous attacks on the servers of Visa and MasterCard by publicizing private information on law enforcement officials, both personal and professional. The Visa/MasterCard attacks themselves were retaliation for the credit processors’ refusal to allow payments to confidential document clearinghouse WikiLeaks.