From Kim Zetter's 11-6-15 Wired Magazine article entitled "CIA Email Hackers Return with Major Law Enforcement Breach":
"Hackers who broke into the personal email account of CIA Director John Brennan have struck again.
"This time the group, which goes by the name Crackas With Attitude,
says it gained access to an even more important target—a portal for law
enforcement that grants access to arrest records and other sensitive
data, including what appears to be a tool for sharing information about
active shooters and terrorist events, and a system for real-time chats
between law enforcement agents.
"The CWA hackers said they found a vulnerability that allowed them to
gain access to the private portal, which is supposed to be available
only to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the country.
That portal in turn, they say, gave them access to more than a dozen law
enforcement tools that are used for information sharing."
Skipping down in the article, we find these tantalizing details of interest to those who have read my book Chameleo:
"In addition to the names and contact details of law enforcement
agents and the JABS [Joint Automated Booking System] database, the CWA hackers say they had access to law
enforcement’s Enterprise File Transfer Service, which the government
describes as a web interface for securely sharing and transmitting
files. Cracka provided WIRED with a long menu of sensitive tools that
appeared on the portal’s main page and to which they presumably had
access. The menu includes:
"Enterprise File Transfer Service—a web interface to securely share and transmit files [...].
"IDEAFX—a 'web-based, file/folder sharing capabilities for cross-organizational teams.'
"Intelink—a 'secure portal for integrated intelligence dissemination and collaboration efforts.'
"Intelink IM—provides real-time chat between users logged into the law enforcement system [...].
"Special Interest Group—described as a 'controlled/structured-access area for specialized organizations or
disciplines to share and store information as a means to enhance
collaboration with law enforcement, intelligence and emergency
management communities [...].'
"National Data Exchange, also known as N-DEx—'provides
local, state, tribal, and federal criminal justice agencies with a
mechanism to nationally share, search, link, and analyze information
across jurisdictional boundaries [...].'
"Homeland Security Information Network, or HSIN—which 'provides users with a trusted network to share Sensitive But Unclassified information.'
"eGuardian—a 'system that allows Law Enforcement, Law
Enforcement support and force protection personnel the ability to
report, track and share threats, events and suspicious activities with a
potential nexus to terrorism, cyber or other criminal activity.'"
To read Zetter's entire article, click HERE.
Next order of business: Let's read this definition of the word "Zersetzung" (courtesy of Wikipedia):
"Zersetzung (German; variously translated as decomposition, corrosion, undermining, biodegradation or dissolution) was a psychological technique of the East German secret police, the Stasi used to silence political opponents. The 'measures of Zersetzung', defined in the framework of a directive on police procedures in 1976, were used in the context of so-called 'operational procedures' (in German Operative Vorgänge or OV). They replaced the overt terror of the Ulbricht era.
"The practice of repression in Zersetzung comprised extensive and secret methods of control and psychological manipulation, including personal relationships of the target, for which the Stasi relied on its network of informal collaborators, (in German inoffizielle Mitarbeiter or IM), the State's power over institutions, and on operational psychology. Using targeted psychological attacks the Stasi tried to deprive a dissident of any chance of a 'hostile action'.
"The use of Zersetzung is well documented thanks to numerous Stasi files published after East Germany's Wende. Several thousands or up to 10,000 individuals are estimated to have become victims:217 5,000 of whom sustained irreversible damage. Pensions for restitution have been created for the victims."
How this information ties in with the events chronicled in Chameleo should be obvious.