Anonymous OpBaltimore hacks Police emails
Anonymous claims it has breached the computer systems of the Baltimore Police and has published what it says are email addresses and passwords for officials within the departmentYouTube

Hacktivists affiliated with Anonymous have published what they claim are the email addresses and passwords of Baltimore City Police officers.

As part of its online campaign - known as OpBaltimore - in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Anonymous has published what it claims are the email addresses and passwords of seven Baltimore Police department employees and one Baltimore City official.

However, a day after the details were published, IBTimes UK tested each of the credentials posted on text-sharing website Pastebin, and not one worked on the official login page of the Baltimore Police department.

It is unclear if this is as a result of the details being incorrect or because the passwords have been changed.

Of the seven police department employees listed, six appear to be current members of the force, in positions ranging from Deputy Crime Laboratory Quality Officer to several commanders of divisions within Baltimore.

The one person who is listed but no longer working for the Baltimore Police Department is Joseph Johnson, who did previously work with the police in Baltimore, but is now working in the pharmaceutical industry.

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All of the officers's details are relatively easy to find online, which could suggest that the "leaked" information was simply collected from different online portals such as LinkedIn and Facebook, while the Baltimore Police Department's policy of using email addresses which follow the [firstname].[surname]@baltimorepolice.org template would also make it quite easy to put together a list of email addresses.

IBTimes UK has contacted the two Anonymous groups claiming responsibility for the breach (AnonymousGlobo and HagashTeam) as well as the Baltimore Police Department but so far we have had no response from any one.

The Anonymous groups previously posted a list of email addresses on Pastebin which they also claimed were from the Baltimore Police department. The hacktivist group last week (28 April) claimed it had knocked the website of the Baltimore City government offline in a denial of service attack, though the site was only inaccessible for a short period of time.