Anonymous Is Busy: BART & CA Traffic Safety Websites Hacked, Fullerton PD & Facebook Threatened
Though not exactly as expected, Anonymous came through on a threat to compromise the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) website on Sunday, says CNET.
The hacker-activist collective had announced they would take BART.gov offline for six hours, or "twice the amount of time BART managers took cell phone service offline at some BART stations Thursday night in order to head off a planned protest," following the controversial police shooting of a knife-wielding man in the subway.
Instead, the BART site stayed online but MyBart.org displayed the Anonymous logo. The group then leaked stolen data — including names, addresses, phone numbers and passwords —via Twitter and encouraged followers "to flood BART employees with emails and phone calls," notes KTLA.
Californiaavoid.org, a site managed by the California Office of Traffic Safety, was also breached and defaced with a variety of Anonymous-modified images.
Earlier, the organization threatened the Fullerton Police Department announcing plans to avenge the death of Kelly Thomas by showing the police website "as much mercy as was shown Kelly Thomas" if the officers accused of the beating are not prosecuted.
Anonymous is also planning to take down Facebook on November 5, 2011.