A group of DDoSecrets activists, describing themselves as “transparency fighters,” published in the public domain 269 GB of data belonging to law enforcement agencies and data centers in the United States.
Fusion Centers usually act as intermediaries and focal points between state law enforcement agencies, local governments, and US federal agencies. Such centers participate in the training of officers, transmit federal warnings, manuals and various instructions to the local police from the central government and vice versa.
The unveiled dump is collectively called BlueLeaks, and it contains over a million files, including scans of documents, videos, emails, audio files, and more. Representatives of DDoSecrets claim that the data was “kindly provided” to them by Anonymous hacktivists.
DDoSecrets also claims that the dump contains files for more than ten years, owned by 200 different police departments and data centers in the United States. So, most files are police and FBI reports, security bulletins, various law enforcement guides, and more. In addition, some of the files contain confidential and personal information, such as names, bank account numbers, and phone numbers.
Most of the published files are marked “Netsential.com Inc,” the name of a Texas-based hosting company that seems to have been hacked. So, in his blog, the famous IB journalist Brian Krebs writes that the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) has already confirmed the authenticity of this leak by sending an internal warning to its members.
According to NFCA, a preliminary analysis showed that the data published in the public domain was indeed taken from the servers of Netsential, a company that provides hosting services to law enforcement agencies and information processing centers.
DDoSecrets is often called an analogue of Wikileaks, as the previous “plums” of activists exposed major government and corruption scandals around the world, and DDoSecrets itself is regularly mentioned on the pages of such major publications as the New York Times, CNN, The Daily Beast and so on.