Hackers have dumped in the dark web a trove of data stolen from a popular police forum called PoliceOne.com, it has been reported.
According to one of the hackers going by the name, Berkut, the hackers managed to access the site towards the end of last year and steal the details of more than 700,000 members of the forum.
The hacker did not disclose many details about the manner in which the hacking was conducted, but it appears that the hackers managed to access the details by exploiting particular vulnerabilities common in the software the website is running on.
PolicOne.com is a popular social site whose members work in the various law enforcement agencies in the country.
Members of the online community usually sign up for accounts and participate in various discussions with their peers.
The site has confirmed the hacking incident, saying that it was aware that hackers had breached its database.
‘We are aware that criminals managed to gain unauthorised access to our systems but we are yet to verify the type and size of data that they managed to make away with,’ a spokesperson for the site said.
However, the management of the site pointed out that it was difficult to verify the amount of data that hackers had managed to steal, given the nature of the hacking and the fact that they were still conducting detailed investigations into the hacking incident.
The leaked data contained cracked passwords of the members of the site as well as their names, addresses and other personal details. According to Berkut, the hackers managed to crack the passwords of the members of the site that had been encrypted using the MD5 protocol. MD5 is a common encryption protocol that has been in the news lately as a result of a number of successful exploits against it.
A sample of the data that the hackers leaked on the dark web shows that the hackers managed to access the site some time back in September but that it is now that they are selling the data on the dark web.
According to multiple sources familiar with the goings on the dark web, the hackers are selling the data for about $400.
It is not clear how PoliceOne.com is going to respond to the hacking incident, given that it happened several months ago and the stolen data is already on sale. The site is yet to advise its members to change their login details.