Classified Australian Federal Police documents hacked in data breach – revealing details of covert operations
- Details of Australian Federal Police officers leaked in security breach
- The information was hacked by a Colombian law enforcement agency
- AFP’s cooperation with international authorities had broken up drug cartels
- Spokesperson expressed concern over possible operational security breaches
- AFP participated in 266 operations abroad that prevented the entry of drugs
Australian Federal Police counter-drug operations and details of its officers have come to light after a trove of classified Colombian government documents was hacked.
The agency says it is working with its international partners to help Colombian law enforcement strengthen the security of their computer systems and identify information that has been exposed.
“AFP is concerned about possible operational security breaches as a result of this data compromise,” a spokesperson said in a statement Friday.
Colombian drug cartels have their tentacles spread across the world, including in Australia (pictured, an AFP officer)
The partnership with Colombian law enforcement has prevented large quantities of drugs from entering Australia and disrupted drug cartels, AFP said (pictured, police in Tulua, Colombia)
“AFP is working with our partners in the affected regions to mitigate any potential threats to the safety of persons or ongoing investigations.”
The spokesman said cooperation with Colombian law enforcement has prevented large quantities of drugs from entering Australia and disrupted drug cartels.
Labor Minister Jason Clare said the data breach was serious.
“We all know about the Colombian drug cartels and their tentacles that stretch across the world, including here in Australia where criminals are working with them,” he told Seven’s Sunrise.
Around 70% of organized and serious crime threats in Australia are based overseas or have strong international connections.
AFP was involved in 266 international disruption operations that prevented drugs from reaching Australian shores in the 2021-22 financial year.
AFP was involved in 266 international disruption operations that prevented drugs from reaching Australian shores in the 2021-22 financial year (AFP headquarters in Adelaide)