Hacker attacks HPD’s former alert system
HONOLULU (AP) — Thousands of people who signed up to receive email and text message alerts from the Honolulu Police Department have had their personal information compromised.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://is.gd/xvDbqp) reports that the names, email addresses, cellphone numbers and passwords for about 3,500 people were compromised.
Police officials say an email was sent to subscribers on Monday when the security breach was discovered. It urged them to monitor their online activity and Internet accounts, and consider changing their passwords if used for multiple accounts.
The cyberattack appears to have been initiated by a hacker known as “X-Blackerz Inc” who apparently did it as part of an action conducted in protest of the U.S. government’s military actions in the Middle East.