Law enforcement officers and white hats working for the government or for private companies contracted by the government are among the favorite targets of hacking collective Anonymous, and the latest one to be targeted was Fred Baclagan, a Special Agent Supervisor of the CA Department of Justice (DOJ) in charge of computer crime investigations.
The hacker group Anonymous released 38,000 private e-mails belonging to the retired special agent supervisor and cybercrime investigator.
The messages reveal detailed information about computer forensic techniques and investigation protocols, the group said in a notice posted to Pastebin. Anonymous also said it leaked several dozen of Baclagan’s voicemails and SMS text message logs, along with his personal phone number and address. They claim to have hacked into and hijacked two of his Gmail accounts, accessed several dozen voicemails and SMS text message logs, his Google web history, listened to private voicemails and used his Google voice account.
“Possibly the most interesting content in his e-mails are the IACIS.com internal e-mail list archives (2005-2011) which detail the methods and tactics cybercrime units use to gather electronic evidence, conduct investigations, and make arrests,” said the group.
“There are discussions about using EnCase forensic software, attempts to crack TrueCrypt encrypted drives, sniffing wireless traffic in mobile surveillance vehicles, how to best prepare search warrants, and subpoenas, and a whole lot of clueless people asking questions on how to use basic software like FTP.”
“The information in these e-mails will prove essential to those who want to protect themselves from the techniques and procedures cybercrime investigators use to build cases,” Anonymous said. The group invited anyone who has ever been arrested for computer crimes to check the archives for discussions about their case.
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Sources for this story include: dfinews