FBI probing hacking of US law enforcement websites

By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A spokesman for the FBI’s office in Little Rock, Ark., has confirmed that the agency is investigating the hacking theft of credit card numbers, email and other information from rural U.S. law enforcement websites.

Steve Frazier told The Associated Press on Monday that several agencies are involved in the investigation.

The hackers collective Anonymous said Saturday that it attacked 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the U.S. in retaliation for the arrests of some of its sympathizers.

The email was mainly from sheriffs’ offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi. Many of the leaked emails appeared to be benign, but some of the stolen material seen by the AP contained sensitive information, including tips about suspected crimes, profiles of gang members and security training.