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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Hackers have stolen more than 15GB of data from ODIN Intelligence, a law enforcement contractor which, among other things, recently had plans to track people experiencing homelessness with facial recognition.




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...The cache includes a bevy of sensitive information, such as photos, reports, and other ODIN customer and internal data.

In one directory called "gallery" are 5,900 files. These include images such as mugshots, people, homes, vehicles, and peoples' tattoos. Some of the files include identifying information, such as the name of the person in the filename or identity and Social Security cards.

Other files include field interrogation reports, and sex offender registration information. ODIN runs Sex Offender Notification and Registration (SONAR), a system used by local and state police for tracking sex offenders. The dump also included some polygraph reports, including of convicted sex offenders.

One file contains what appears to be user login information. This includes two FBI email addresses.

The data also contains what appears to be internal ODIN test data. One folder of more than 140 audio files contains many recordings of someone testing the app.

Reports generated by ODIN's app SweepWizard are also included in the data. Law enforcement can use SweepWizard to coordinate the execution of search warrants or raids.

Some of these reports contain false names of "organizing officers" such as "Superman" and "Captain America." It is unclear if these are fabrications or placeholders for test purposes. ODIN's CEO Erik McCauley is listed as a "commanding officer" in some reports. ODIN did not respond to a request for comment.

Transparency organization Distributed Denial of Secrets obtained the hacked data and shared it with Motherboard. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-26 11:31 AM | Reply

"Tracked Homeless People"

I feel safer already!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-01-26 11:33 AM | Reply

So are we of the opinion the reference to White Nationalist hero ODIN, tracking the riff-raff and undesirables, is just a koinkydink?

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-01-26 11:35 AM | Reply

ODIN? Wow that whole Aryan nation Norse mythology thing is out of control.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-01-26 03:12 PM | Reply

Wasn't Odin the Norse God of knowledge?

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2023-01-26 06:49 PM | Reply

ODIN indeed, he was the god of victory and the dead. I lived homeless for years, and it truly was a living death.

#6 | Posted by Hughmass at 2023-01-27 06:20 AM | Reply

@#5 ... Wasn't Odin the Norse God of knowledge? ...

ODIN seems to have been sidetracked from its earlier meaning.

Far-right extremists keep co-opting Norse symbolism -- here's why (June 2022)

...Payton Gendron, the suspect in the killing of ten people in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, is the latest far-right extremist to allegedly murder defenceless people in the name of white supremacy. His hate-filled manifesto is full of baffling contradictions, vile stereotypes, unhinged conspiracy theories and, predictably, Norse symbolism.

Gendron ended his manifesto with the contradictory message: "God bless you all and I hope to see you in Valhalla." This follows the lead of the terrorist who attacked a summer camp in Utya, Norway, who named his guns after the weapons of the Norse gods. Even more recently, the shooter who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand bookended his manifesto with references to Norse culture.

In pre-Christian Norse belief, Valhalla is the hall where those who die heroically are taken to prepare for Ragnark, the battle at the world's end, under the watchful eye of the god Odin. Dying heroically, according to most Norse sources, means having fought bravely in battle. There is no mention that massacring unarmed civilians earns you a seat at the table. According to Norse tradition, Gendron is more likely destined for Nstrnd (Corpse Shore): an area of the underworld reserved for cowardly murderers to wade rivers of poison until the end of the world.

Neo-Nazis have never been particularly good at reading the medieval sources they are so drawn towards. They find what they want to find in Norse myth -- violence, ruthlessness, an existential war that will lead to the rebirth of a new world -- and they read no deeper. ...

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-27 11:48 AM | Reply

I bet Anders Breivik played a role in making Odin a White Power symbol.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-01-27 12:01 PM | Reply

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