Anonymous, the WikiLeaks-friendly 'hacktivist' collective, has leaked three gigabytes of personal data that the group had pilfered from Texas law enforcement agencies, in a move the group dubbed 'Texas Takedown Thursday'.
The confidential information includes social security numbers and mobile phone numbers as well as personal correspondence, including email from retired a policeman, and was mostly taken from police departments in smaller Texas cities - probably due to a lower level of security.
The leaked information was posted online, together with a statement, by an Anon going by the name of Chinga La Migra IV. The data dump is likely to cause some embarrassment in police circles, as some of the communications include racist, sexist and homophobic remarks.
According to the statement, the attack was carried out in response to a crackdown on Anonymous by US law enforcement agencies which has seen 14 of the group's members arrested in the last month.
Known as the 'PayPal 14', the individuals have been charged over their alleged participation in an attack on the online payment service, owned by auction site eBay, after it denied its services to whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks last December. The 14 pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and computer hacking, in court in San Jose, California yesterday.