Twitter permanently terminated the account of the group Distributed Denial of Secrets (@DDoSecrets) after the links for stolen documents belonging to the institutions in charge of law enforcement in the United States were published from that account.
Distributed Denial of Secrets is a WikiLeaks-style organization that advocates for the transparency of information of public interest. The group recently released about 270 GB of data stolen from more than 200 police departments, the FBI and other institutions in the United States.
The leaked files, called “BlueLeaks”, were allegedly delivered to DDOS by hackers who are part of the Anonymous hacktivist movement. The files appear to have been stolen from Netsential, a Texas web development company that reportedly admitted to being hacked through a compromised user account.
Journalist and activist Emma Best, one of the main figures behind DDOS, confirmed yesterday that Twitter had permanently terminated the organization’s account. Twitter announced that it had suspended the account for violating the rules on “distribution of hacked material”.
“We do not allow the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained by hacking, which contains private information, may put people in physical danger or contains business secrets,” Twitter announced, announcing the decision to terminate the account.
Best told Wired that they tried to remove certain types of information from leaked documents, including details about victims of crime, children, private companies, health companies and veterans’ associations, but admitted they may have missed something.
Some DDOS supporters say the leaked documents were not classified as confidential, and some recall that WikiLeaks and other similar organizations have not had their accounts revoked despite publishing information obtained by hacking.