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LAPD Freaked Out That Someone Posted Personal Information of Officers on Anonymous Website

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The LAPD said it is investigating a website that published the personal information of two dozen officers.

It hasn't published the name of the website (and we weren't yet able to locate it on a quick search), but police said the website contains the property records, campaign contributions and names of children, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A spokesman noted that LAPD doesn't believe anyone hacked into its server. From their description, it sounds like much of the information is already publicly available — like the property records and campaign contributions — and some of the command staff already has biographical information (like what their children want to be when they grow up) up on their own website. It's not clear if anything else unsavory is going on in the way that this anonymous website is getting information or if it's basically an LAPD edition of Spokeo.

Right now it sounds like they're just freaked out about someone compiling officers' personal information in one easy-to-stalk/harass/threaten format.

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"Of course there are concerns when officers' private information is disseminated on public websites," LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith told the Times. "Part of our business is putting bad guys in jail and they don't need to know personal information about our officers. We are very concerned for the safety of our officers and their families."