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Montreal police say ‘no sen sitive information released' in alleged hack
From: Erica Absetz <erica () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:36:19 -0400
MONTREAL—No sensitive information was contained in an apparent
security breach, the Montreal police confirmed on Wednesday. A day
earlier, photos along with the names and phone numbers of officers
were published online.
The Montreal police suffered two serious security breaches in the past
year. In this latest alleged leak, a 389 page list of names was first
released nearly a month ago from an online storage service. The
release was accompanied by a note warning the police that more
information could be released.
“For the moment we have no reason to believe that someone got through
[to our system,]” said Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere.
“That’s a fact. The list that is there isn’t a secret, that kind of
list is public.
“However, they used that list to try to intimidate police officers and
say, ‘We’re watching you, we will put pressure on you.’ No sensitive
information was contained.”
Included in the alleged leak were personal photos of police officers,
taken either from Facebook pages or during last year’s student
protests. The release also contains photos that purport to identify
While the material is public, the police are investigating as they
believe the alleged leak is a “clear act of intimidation,” a violation
of the Criminal Code.
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- Montreal police say ‘no sen sitive information released' in alleged hack Erica Absetz (Mar 21)