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LGBT activists in New York City threatened Friday, "We're coming for your children." It appears cybercriminals are willing to apply pressure where Republican legislation would otherwise prevent activists from pursuing this end.
The City of Fort Worth learned June 23 that its systems had been hacked, ostensibly over Texas' restrictions on child sex-change mutilations.
According to the city's chief technology officer, Kevin Gunn, cybercriminals hacked an internal information system belonging to the city and obtained data that was "not sensitive in nature" — information that could have been legally obtained through Public Information Act requests.
Gunn suggested the hackers' objective was to embarrass the city and make a "political statement," reported WFAA-TV.
The city believes the darknet threat actor group SiegedSec is responsible for the attack.
DarkOwl, a darknet analyst outfit, reported that SiegedSec had begun targeting pro-life state governments such as Kansas' and Arkansas' after the Supreme Court's Dobbs ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. After their 2022 attacks on pro-life entities, the cybercriminal group claimed to have "exfiltrated several gigabytes of sensitive data, including employee [personally identifiable information] from state government servers," and threatened, "THE ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE!"
The alleged hackers stated in a recent Telegram post concerning the Fort Worth attack, "We have decided to make a message toward the U.S. government. It just happens to be one of the largest states banning gender affirming care, and for that we have made Texas our target."
Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ratified a law prohibiting child sex-change mutilations and the provision of irreversible puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children. Abbott also ratified Senate Bill 15 on June 18, requiring that student athletes in intercollegiate sports compete based on biological sex.
SiegedSec, who claim to be "gay furry hackers," claimed they "easily hijacked" the city's administrator account and have leaked over 180 gigabytes of data. The group also suggested that it was not worried about repercussions from the FBI as it is "behind 7 proxies."
Gunn noted that among the kinds of information hacked were "photographs, spreadsheets, invoices for work performed, PDF documents, emails between staff and other information related to work orders," reported KDFW-TV.
"No indication that any other systems were accessed, nor any other evidence of sensitive information such as social security or banking information was accessed or released," said Gunn.
It also appears no files were encrypted and there was no ransom request.
Gunn indicated that the hackers gained access by way of stolen login credentials, although it presently remains unclear how those were acquired.
"We have forced all the users to reset their passwords, and additionally we are continuing to review this volume of information to make sure we fully understand the scope and depth of this incident," said Gunn.
The city is now working with law enforcement and forensic experts on an investigation into the hack.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.