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Data Hack Takes Place on UK Police Websites

BitDefender UK : 03 September, 2012  (Technical Article)
BitDefender comments on compromised police data taken from three of the organisation's websites
Data Hack Takes Place on UK Police Websites

Following news that an unidentified person gained illegal access to several sets of data, including phone numbers and IP addresses, via three UK police websites and posted them online, Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender has the following comment.

Three UK Police properties appear to have been targeted in the attack and though most of the leaked data does not pose a high security risk for the police units, some of the disclosed information could be used in other attacks and cause further damage.

“The unknown attacker extracted from the second breached website what appear to be police officers’ e-mail addresses, passwords to those e-mail accounts and a list of PINs probably employed as additional safety tools,” said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender. “Several user logs have also been made public, exposing a list of employee names and corresponding IPs that could be used in cyber-crime operations requiring identification of a specific machine, containing a particular type of data.”

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