Anonymous Hackers Plan to Target OPD

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A controversial arrest caught on camera is getting attention from another corner. Computer hackers are targeting the Omaha Police department.

An internet video from Anonymous says they've heard the desperate calls for change in Omaha after seeing this video of an arrest last week.

Operation Omaha as it's called is targeting the police department.

"I think the paranoia they create will probably be worse than the damage they do to people's accounts," said Miah Sommer of Omaha.

OPD is taking the threat of a database breach seriously.

Dotcomm -- which oversees the city and county computer systems -- tells Channel Six News: "We're taking all necessary precautions and, at this time, have no reason to believe there has been any successful hack against the OPD website."

The YouTube video posts a data stream in between the 4-and-a-half minute computer generated video and audio -- with several references to Omaha.

The information, however, appears to be from somewhere besides the Omaha Police Department. It looks like information from a company's HR files.

But at a time when global computer hacking and internet slowdowns from spammers make headlines, an eye-grabbing video must seem like a perfect introduction to Omaha for Anonymous.

"To the Omaha Police department, you should have expected us," said the announcer in the video.

If it's the same group -- and it appears to be -- Anonymous has targeted other police departments.

The hacker collective targeted Fullerton, California, PD after a shooting a couple years ago. It began with a YouTube clip.

Other news reports state the hacker collective got into the Boston Police website and posted personal information of officers in Texas.

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