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HACKERS post BART cops’ personal information – SF Chronicle

August 18, 2011

Police are seen at the Civic Center Bart station on August 15, 2011. They were expecting protesters who were upset about a BART police officer fatally shooting a knife-wielding man on July 3; about the fatal shooting of unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009 by a former officer who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter; and about BART shutting of cellular phone service last Thursday in an effort to thwart a planned protest.

Hackers post BART cops’ personal information

Demian Bulwa,Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writers

Thursday, August 18, 2011

OAKLAND — Hackers carried out a second cyber-attack against BART on Wednesday, breaching the website of the union that represents the agency’s rank-and-file police and releasing a roster of 102 officers and other employees along with their home addresses, e-mail addresses and passwords for the site.

The roster was published on a separate website, where the hackers wrote, “Yet another success.”

The hack attack, which the FBI is investigating, was a response to BART’s decision to temporarily shut down underground cellular and Wi-Fi service at its downtown San Francisco stations Aug. 11. BART had hoped to keep protesters from corresponding while trying to disrupt train service.

Hackers angered

The demonstration did not materialize, but the cell blackout caught the attention of a loose-knit band of activists known as Anonymous. On Sunday, they breached a BART marketing website,, and released names, addresses and passwords – and in some cases phone numbers – of more than 2,000 customers.

Anonymous then used Twitter and other online tools to organize a protest Monday that forced BART to close its downtown stations during the evening commute. The group said Wednesday that it was planning another protest next Monday at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center Station.

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