CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group obtained more than 150 police officers’ personal information from an old website for the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association and posted it online.
William Roper, the association’s president, told the Charleston Gazette that the FBI is investigating. Roper is also the police chief of Ranson, W.Va.
Roper said a group called CabinCr3w hacked the website Monday and obtained the home addresses, home phone numbers, and cellphone numbers of current and retired police chiefs.
The association has a new website, but members’ information was stored on the old website’s database.
“It’s a tragedy someone was able to hack our website and obtain information that is useful to our members,’’ Roper said.
In an online message by CabinCr3w addressed to “citizens of West Virginia,’’ the hacking group says it has been monitoring cases of police brutality.
“We are here to remind you that we the taxpayers pay your exorbitant salaries, and those salaries of your officers,’’ the message says. “Your job is to protect and serve, not brutalize the very people that pay your wages. Muzzle your dogs of war, or we will expose more of your sensative [sic] information.’’
Chief Marshall Goff of the Clarksburg, W.Va., police and Chief Brent Webster of Charlestown were among those whose information was posted by the hackers. Both said yesterday that they have been contacted by the FBI about the incident.