Anonymous reveal personal details of a Miami police officer who doxed an innocent woman
TruthSec, a small hacking group claiming to be a part of the online hacktivist group, Anonymous, came out in support of an innocent woman who was doxed by a Miami police officer, by releasing his private information online through social media.
Last month, a Miami resident, Claudia Castillo noticed a cop speeding down the freeway. Without any hesitation, she went in pursuit of the cop and asked him to slow down. The cop apologized for his actions, but the incident was recorded and released to the US media via CBS.
By the looks of it, Mr. Fonticella, the cop who apologized had no issues with Castillo. However, few days after the incident went public, Javier Ortiz, an another Miami police officer and the local leader of the Miami FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) union published Castillo’s contact info, including telephone and email. Ortiz invited his followers to “feel free to call” her and also posted pictures that allegedly showed her drinking while boating. Castillo reported to having received death threats post this incident.
The information was released via Ortiz’s Facebook account, and later the cop continued to Castillo via Twitter. The post was later removed by Facebook for violating the site’s terms of service.
All this commotion had caught the attention of TruthSec. In direct response to the incident, TruthSec posted Ortiz’s personal information such as Ortiz’s home address, phone number, email address and, weirdly enough, his astrological sign (Sagittarius!) through Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The group also released information about a local real estate agent they say is Ortiz’s girlfriend, as well as information about her relatives.
The hacktivists also urged people to call Ortiz, just like he urged his followers to harass Castillo, who did complain about threats she received via telephone and email soon after Ortiz’s Facebook post.
When the Miami New Times called Ortiz to know about the incident, his voicemail box was full. But in an email to them, he said that he is not being harassed much at all after the posts, adding that some of the information published isn’t accurate.
“The information is all wrong and I’m not even in a relationship,” Ortiz wrote. “I hope that the people at the false addresses that they’re publishing aren’t being harassed.”
In the end, there is a twist in the tale as both Castillo and Fonticella have had a history of bad driving. Things are not looking good for Fonticella as he is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Department following Castillo’s video. At the end of the day, it was TruthSec who gained popularity through the incident.
Doxing is becoming one of the easiest ways for hackers and other miscreants to get revenge in a widespread and public manner. Last week, someone posted 4,000 confidential records of police officers, lawyers and judges in Palm Beach County, a leak that is being blamed on Russian computer hackers.