In mid-June 2020, a group of DDoSecrets activists (Distributed Denial of Secrets), describing itself as a “champion of transparency,” published 269 GB of data publicly owned by law enforcement agencies and data centers in the United States. Representatives of DDoSecrets claimed that the data was "kindly provided" to them by anonymous hacktivists.
This dump was called BlueLeaks and contained millions of documents, video and audio recordings that were stolen from Texas-based hosting company Netsential, which provides services to US law enforcement agencies.
The dump contained files for more than ten years, owned by 200 different police departments and data centers in the United States. Most files are police and FBI reports, security bulletins, various law enforcement guides, and more.
This "drain" is read the biggest hack in the history of US law enforcement, as it reveals classified materials for ten years, including how the US police trained personnel and conducted operations.
Since the publication of the dump was announced and actively advertised via Twitter, as a result, the company blocked the DDoSecrets account due to a violation of the rules: for disseminating data obtained illegally (that is, through hacking), which contain personal information, can be used to cause physical harm or keep trade secret. A ban was also imposed on the activists' website URL.
Now the head of DDoSecrets, journalist Emma Best, reportedthat the German authorities seized the server that hosted the BlueLeaks website, and all the data hosted there.
– Emma Best 🏳️🌈🏴 (Mx. Yzptlk) (@NatSecGeek) July 7, 2020
“The server was used exclusively for disseminating information to the public. He had no connections with the sources and was used only to educate the public through journalistic publications, ”Best emphasizes and states that the authorities did not have a warrant.
– Emma Best 🏳️🌈🏴 (Mx. Yzptlk) (@NatSecGeek) July 8, 2020
As a result, the BlueLeaks portal went offline, and nothing has been announced about its possible restoration.
I recall that earlier in an interview with Wired Emma Best said that activists did their best to avoid publishing any confidential information as part of BlueLeaks. So, the team spent a week cleaning files from “particularly sensitive data on victims of crime and children, as well as information on private enterprises, healthcare facilities and associations of veterans”. However, Best admitted that they might have missed something.
Last month, US officials said they were investigating the BlueLeaks leak, but it was not known whether an official investigation had been launched. It is currently unclear whether the German authorities acted at the request of their American colleagues or on their own initiative.