Hacking Group Claims It Posted Personal Info of LAPD Brass as Revenge for Occupy L.A. Crackdown
It turns out that the "anonymous" group that posted the personal information of LAPD officers was Anonymous.
CabinCr3w — a hacking group affiliated with Anonymous — said that it posted the personal information of the officers to get back at the police department for cracking down on Occupy L.A. and treating protesters exercising their First Amendment Rights like criminals:
CabinCr3w's involvement was first reported by KPCC. But the hacking group (which tweets here and tumblrs here) says that — besides the fact that its members are anonymous — it was never really hiding its involvement nor its motives.
In the past few weeks, CabinCr3w has focused special attention on the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), which has been hosting conference calls between local law enforcement departments in cities cracking down on their local Occupy Wall Street movement:
Do we really need to explain ourselves much here? PERF assisted in organizing and coordinating the recent raids on Occupy encampments nationwide in the United States. We couldn’t sit idle while we watched our brothers and sisters being beaten, gassed, and sent to hospitals for exercising fundamental rights and essential liberties that were bestowed on them by their Constitution.
PERF organized an assortment of law-making decisions over the past few years. From how to deal with immigration, homicide law, and even how to police on a nationwide scale, this “research forum” is the epitome of a paid, special interest police-body.
That being said, sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride. And remember, don’t dox and drive. We are the cabin,
we are the 99%.
We do not forgive,
we do not forget.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told KPCC that the information culled together is legal but he finds it creepy and they've asked CabinCr3w to take the information down.
"We deal with a lot of bad people in this department...and bad people sometimes hold a grudge," Smith told KPCC. "Why would somebody put that together? I can think of no good reasons to want to do that, but I can think of a lot of bad reasons...Anybody can reach anyone in our department by phone, email or by sending a letter."
A member of CabinCr3w explained to KPCC why they decided to post the information of family members: "The protesters have family that is being effected [sic] by their actions."