Lest we think that hatred of police and interference with our duties and responsibilities is a US-only thing, it appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “F&^* THE POLICE.”
According to author “Mix” on the UK website “Security”:
“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorized messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement. “While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”
Officials went on to elaborate.
“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further. “When a story is published via MyNewsDesk, it appears on the Met’s website and Twitter accounts and generates an email to those who’ve subscribed to receive our news updates.”
Among other things, the messages made references to rapper Digga D and popular internet personality Keemstar, who runs a YouTube channel called DramaAlert.
Interference in the duties of police and hate-filled verbal and written attacks on police officers are all-too-common in the United States, but this appears to be one of the first seen across the pond.
Here in the US, from established entities like CopBlock, to ANTIFA, to Black Lives Matter, there is a non-stop onslaught of vitriol against the law enforcement community.
CopBlockers are famous for interfering with traffic stops and arrests made in public, where the “Blockers” approach officers and interject derogatory and inflammatory statements and question the validity of traffic stops and arrests.
ANTIFA is allegedly against anything fascist, their loose definition of fascism seemingly being anyone in authority, yet their anarchist-guided mantra is the very definition of fascism – silence and hog-tie your opponent through violent speech and physical actions in order to fully control them.
Black Lives Matter, of course, hates police outright, calling for the deaths of police officers after events involving Mike Brown and Eric Garner – both incidents are completely cloaked in lies and bent truths, and their very organization is established based on completely false narratives aimed to incite fear and hatred of and for anyone in authority.
A direct line of communication should be established between our country and those countries newly afflicted by public police hatred – not that we’ve got full control of it, but we’re used to it and understand the sources and motivation – perhaps we could help our law enforcement friends in other parts of the world as this simmering caldron of disdain vaults toward a boiling point.
It does make one wonder where this is all going – constant protests, violent acts, electronic warfare, all aimed at the police.
While the mainstream media downplays the significance of such events and supports those in opposition to police and normal law and order, as if to stir the proverbial pot, things can only get worse before they get better.
I’m a long way from being a conspiracy theorist, but I see a looming civil war on the horizon, as the hate-mongers continue ratcheting up their game, others join in and ally with them, and law enforcement, veterans, and conservatives in general are forced to defend their homes and towns from anarchists.
That seems far-fetched like some scene out of a movie, but with social media and all its branches, putting together a violent uprising against authority is as easy as a flash mob dancing in the mall, or like the flash mob that lawlessly overwhelmed a Walgreen’s store in Philadelphia last week.
It’s that easy, and with the media convincing people that cops are the enemy and people in authority want to hold citizens down, ignorant and immature minds are easily persuaded.
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Let’s not forget back in April, when thousands of police and federal agents across the country are in jeopardy after hackers released private information online.
According to a report from Tech Crunch, criminal computer hackers managed to gain entry into several FBI websites and then published their contents to the Internet. Tech Crunch noted that, “The spreadsheets contained about 4,000 unique records after duplicates were removed, including member names, a mix of personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their postal addresses.”
Their overall goal? “Experience and money.”
So now, because of this attempt at a money grab, thousands of peace officers now find themselves at risk of being personally targeted. And those looking to commit violence against police are now armed to the teeth with information.
If you know a lot of cops, you probably also know that they usually don’t go around yelling about how they’re a cop. They don’t usually plaster their civilian vehicles with Thin Blue Line flags or other identifiers.
In fear of being targeted.
It’s sad, because we used to be proud to be officers. We used to be proud to stand and say that we were called to serve. Many still are, but now, with the incitement of violence against fellow officers, pride has diminished.
Doxxing has become a fairly common practice over the last few years. To ‘doxx’ someone is to make their identity known online, often leading to personal attacks against the subject.
Hackers have leaked personal information on the FBI, police officers, Secret Service and other federal employees after a #breach of three websites associated with the #FBI National Academy. via @SCMagazine https://t.co/eOYLpIEjM6 #cybersecurity pic.twitter.com/qp7oxz96Yl
— SonicWall (@SonicWall) April 16, 2019
The most notable case of doxxing came when alt-right supporters found themselves out of a job and facing public backlash when social media users pieced together video and pictures during the ‘Unite the Right’ march in Charlottesville last year. Users released these people’s personal information on platforms like Twitter. While ousting negative entities is not necessarily a bad thing, this behavior has led to actual attacks and violence.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 13, 2017
Tech Crunch reportedly was able to speak with the hackers through an encrypted chat service. “We hacked more than 1,000 sites,” said the hacker. “Now we are structuring all the data, and soon they will be sold. I think something else will publish from the list of hacked government sites.”
When asked if they thought the release of private information would put law enforcement officers and government officials at risk, the hackers replied, “Probably, yes.”
Officials are scrambling to get the information pulled down from public sites, aiming to protect officers named in the breach.
The FBINAA released a statement, saying, “We believe we have identified the three affected Chapters that have been hacked and they are currently working on checking the breach with their data security authorities.”