BlueLeaks Moves to Dread on Tor Network
On Friday, June 19, the hacktivist group BlueLeaks published 296GB of stolen data from more than 200 police departments on the site Distributed Denial of Secrets.
On Friday, June 19, the hacktivist group BlueLeaks published 296GB of stolen data from more than 200 police departments on the site Distributed Denial of Secrets. The site describes itself as “...a transparency collective, aimed at enabling the free transmission of data in the public interest.”
Initially, this data could be found on Reddit under the subreddit /r/BlueLeaks, but after the sub was banned, its former admin has since taken the leaked information and moved it to the forum Dread on Tor.
On Dread, it can be found under the subdread /d/BlueLeaks. According to DDoSecrets, the files have more than ten years worth of data from FBI files, police reports, and law enforcement guides. Some even contain personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and bank account data.
A second mirror, according to a Dread post, can be found on the peer-to-peer network Interplanetary File System (IPFS). KrebsonSecurity reported on June 22 that much of the leaked data came from fusion centers, which are state-operated entities that distribute information between federal agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to state, local, and tribal law enforcement.
One reason that some of the exposed data is cause for concern is that it contains instructions for police departments involved in conflicts with the Black Lives Matter protests taking place all across the U.S.
Distributed Denial of Secrets touts its work as an alternative to WikiLeaks. In addition to the data above, it also contains information like the “Orbit leaks” of German politicians and “Cablegate,” a list of 251,287 diplomatic cables which Chelsea Manning released through WikiLeaks.