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More than 100 local law enforcement officers had their private information pilfered and published on a public website prompting a response from the FBI.
An unnamed group, that claims to have found, and reported, objectionable photos of children in an officer's private e-mail account, anonymously posted hacked police data to a website.
The swiped info -- including names, addresses and phone numbers from the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association website -- was linked to from a public Twitter account in a breach that was first reported by CNET on Tuesday.
The association, whose members include officials from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was contacted that morning by the FBI, according to LACPCA president Tony Vario.
Vario told the L.A. Times he was "appalled" that the website was compromised and claimed they will "pursue it [a case] on every level, state or federal."
The FBI's involvement was described by Vario as being part of an ongoing criminal investigation, which was neither confirmed nor denied by a Bureau spokeswoman, the Times reported.
The hacker group did not identify themselves, but the group CabinCrew publicized the leak and wrote in a post that law enforcement sites across the country were being targeted for "injustices" and "failures" to protect their communities, CNET reported.
The group claims to have pinched hundreds of thousands of court summons, the names and addresses of more than 1000 officers, upwards of 15,000 police warrants, information on criminal informants, thousands of online police reports, and 40,000 resident social security numbers picked off to prove a "lack of care" for security of citizen data.
About two dozen LAPD officers saw their personal details published two months ago in a similar manner, but authorities say the circumstances are different since that information was gathered from public records, not protected files.