BART Police Officers' Addresses Posted by Hackers Amid Protests Against San Francisco Transit System

'Anonymous' says it posts addresses and email passwords of 102 BART police.

ByABC News
August 17, 2011, 3:12 PM

Aug. 17, 2011 — -- The hacking group Anonymous claims to have struck again, finding and publishing the private information of 102 police officers who work for BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in the San Francisco area.

It was the hacking group's latest attempt to derail the transit system after a BART officer shot and killed a homeless man in early July. BART tried to quell subsequent customer protests by shutting down cellular service four underground San Francisco train stations.

"Leaked personal data, emails and passwords for 102 #BART police officers," said a post today on Twitter put up by "@YourAnonNews." The post included a link to a website listing home addresses and personal email accounts with their passwords.

A BART spokesman confirmed to ABC News that the employees' information was authentic. The authority referred inquiries to the BART Police Officers Association, from whose website it said the officers' information came. The union's website was down this afternoon.

BART has been mired in controversy since the July 3 shooting of Charles Blair Hill on a train platform. Officers said Hill came at them with a knife, but protesters said they were outraged after his death. Demonstrators stopped trains, organizing their efforts by smartphone and text messages, and said their First Amendment rights were violated when BART cut off cellular signals.

Anonymous, a shadowy and loosely-organized group, says it has been an organizer of the protests. It claimed to have crashed a BART marketing website, and encouraged people to come to a downtown rally at BART stations late Monday. BART closed the stations in response, though it did not cut off cellphone transponders.

"Many of us are activists with the voice for the voiceless," read a message Anonymous said it posted today on after the police officers' information was published. "Push the wrong buttons and we will exploit what needs to be released to the public. That doesn't mean we condone publications of personal information of innocent bystanders. That is not what Anonymous believes in or follows. We are here for the people, to share to the world the fallacies' that our governments' [sic] Love to entertain us with."

The closing line of the message: "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us!"