Hack Brief: Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

Hack Brief: Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

On Friday of last week, the Juneteenth holiday, a leak-focused activist group known as Distributed Denial of Secrets published a 269-gigabyte collection of police data that includes emails, audio, video, and intelligence documents, with more than a million files in total. DDOSecrets founder Emma Best tells WIRED that the hacked files came from Anonymous—or at least a source self-representing as part of that group, given that under Anonymous’ loose, leaderless structure anyone can declare themselves a member. Over the weekend, supporters of DDOSecrets, Anonymous, and protesters worldwide began digging through the files to pull out frank internal memos about police efforts to track the activities of protesters. The documents also reveal how law enforcement has described groups like the antifascist movement Antifa.

Unions Are Taking a Stand for Black Lives

Unions Are Taking a Stand for Black Lives

“You represent the potential and the power of the labor movement,” said Angela Davis, the activist and former member of the Black Panther Party, to the assembled crowd. “Whenever the ILWU takes a stand, the world feels the reverberations,” she said, listing the dockworker union’s history of activism—against, for example, the internment of Japanese Americans and apartheid in South Africa, in support of civil rights, and in solidarity with past victims of violence police.

‘Nooses’ in Oakland park were exercise aids, man says

‘Nooses’ in Oakland park were exercise aids, man says

Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.

“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said.

“It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous,” he told the station.

Why NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace says he’ll take embarrassment over the alternative

Why NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace says he’ll take embarrassment over the alternative

“Yes, it was a garage pull for our stall at Talladega, but that was in the solid shape of a noose,” Wallace continued. “And when my guys seen that, when my crew member had seen that — who happened to be African American — he did his research first, and I was very proud of that. David Cropps — a guy I’ll stand by in any trenches, any day — walked up and down the garages to make sure he wasn’t overreacting. And when he seen that the other garage pulls were basically just a solid piece of rope, no knots in them, and we had a knot that was in the shape of a noose — yeah, that calls [for an investigation].”

New US indictment of Assange accuses WikiLeaks co-founder of ‘conspiring with Anonymous’ hackers… in FBI sting op?

New US indictment of Assange accuses WikiLeaks co-founder of ‘conspiring with Anonymous’ hackers… in FBI sting op?

A superseding US indictment of Julian Assange broadens the charges against WikiLeaks co-founder by accusing him of conspiring with a hacker affiliated with the groups Anonymous and LulzSec – who turned out to be an FBI informant.

Fox News is Just a Nursing Home Pharmacy Storefront for Drugs Made in India

Fox News is Just a Nursing Home Pharmacy Storefront for Drugs Made in India

70% of the top 40 brand-name drugs sold in America are manufactured overseas, with India being the leading exporter by far. The vast majority of generic drugs, which make up 88% of pharmaceutical ingestion by Americans, come from Indian manufacturing. So one can draw a direct line from Faux News and the suburbs of India where the real good stuff is made.