Police Tech Provider ODIN Intelligence Faces Data Breach

  • By Steven
  • Jan 31, 2023

ODIN data breach

A thought that is often saddening is that only 48 percent of Americans trust the police. Nevertheless, police are necessary to uphold the law; whether that means stopping burglars, serial killers, or school shooters, it doesn’t matter. However, over recent years, the only police stories that make it into the news are bad ones or non-American news stories. Seeing other countries’ highlight reels while we look at our own behind the scenes has created some distrust for police. We understand there is corruption in the system; this can be said for anything in the world. However, with police, people are less willing to forgive.

How Did the Attack Occur?

The attack occurred when a group seemingly called “All Cyber-Cops Are Bastards” hacked into ODIN’s systems and allegedly “shredded” the company’s back systems. The website is still inaccessible, only showing an image of trees and a bridge, its logo in the corner, and the words, “We help communities link homeless with resources; help protect citizens from child predators, and assist in locating missing persons,” written across the picture.

What Information Was Viewed or Stolen?

We’re going to need a bit more of your time than usual if you want to know the extent of the stolen information. We’ll give you the basic rundown:

  • Simple bits of information, like age, name, height, weight, eye color, location, and social security number.
  • More personal, like the victim or suspect’s home address and life, how many people they live with, and likely their movement patterns, as these people were being tracked.
  • Certain operations were code-named, while others simply had targets’ names written. This applied to some of the officers working on these cases, as well.
  • The company’s sex offender registry, which the police use to monitor sex offenders. This shows the offenders’ locations and names.
  • Entire police reports were also involved, detailing the alleged crimes and evidence of said crimes, as well as planned raids and the names of everyone involved.

How Did ODIN Admit to the Breach?

ODIN admitted to the breach with a submission to the California Attorney General’s Office. The notice read, “On or about January 14, 2023, in a separate incident, a hacker group claimed to have hacked ODIN Intelligence, Inc. computer systems, and acquired 16 gigabytes of data. This incident is still being investigated.”

What Will Become of the Stolen Information?

The hackers gave the stolen information to DDoSecrets, a transparency collective whose motto is “Veritatem cognoscere ruat cælum et pereat mundus.” This translates roughly to “To know the truth, even if the heavens fall and the world perishes.” DDoSecrets has claimed to be careful with the information in the interest of certain individuals and non-related parties’ privacy.

What Should Affected Parties Do in the Aftermath of the Breach?

After any breach, you should invest in identity and credit monitoring, which IDStrong can offer. We are dedicated to keeping you and your loved ones as safe as possible, especially in times as uncertain as this. 

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