[Updated: Bar reports it was not hacked]
Florida lawyers’ contact information, discipline history, and other practice data from the Florida Bar Association was posted to a gossip website on September 12, 2016. According to the Bar, their servers were not hacked and this is publicly-available information. The person(s) involved, however, claims that the data dump includes private information, such as cell phone numbers and “lots of DHS, FBI, and DOJ employees on this list.” The data dump does not appear to include home addresses, payment information, social security numbers, or dates of birth. Even without such information, disclosure of Bar members’ contact information in database form makes it easier for mass marketing to (or scamming of) Florida lawyers.
The post first appeared on PBSOtalk.ru, a controversial site which describes itself as, “Exposing the Culture of Corruption under Sheriff Ric Bradshaw – Anyone can post completely anonymously!” PBSOtalk was shut down in mid-2016 but re-emerged thereafter on a Russian domain. Posting as “guest,” a user posted the alleged Bar data because “all judges, attorneys, and prosecutors all seem to be in it together.” The post is entitled, “Happy Telemarketer’s Day! A gift, just for you annoying motherfuckers.”
“Guest” described the data dump to include:
Status | Quantity
Authorized House Counsel 951
Florida Registered Paralegal 5075
Law Faculty Affiliate 216
Member in Good Standing 83955
Member of the Judiciary 1426
Membership Lapsed 4719
Permanently Retired 15
Pro Hac Vice 14273
158,385 email addresses
219,139 office phones and cell phone numbers
84,772 fax numbers
226,928 mailing addresses
These figures seem relatively close to the most recent Florida Bar numbers, which assert there are 102,786 members of which 89,248 are in good standing to practice law. The PBSO data dump suggests a slightly lower figure of 83,955.
The hacker further claims to list the lawyers with the most Bar complaints, with the top spots crowded with South Florida lawyers (according to the list, a Deerfield Beach lawyer had 8 complaints). UPDATE: A search of the Florida Bar directory search reveals that many on the list are disbarred. The list does not necessarily reflect the number of complaints filed against the lawyer — these appear to be the publicly-available list of adverse Bar findings against the lawyer.
The data was released in a 7-zip compressed file which is hosted on a Russian domain associated with PBSOtalk.ru (that domain appears to be run by someone using the moniker, “Badvolf,” a reference to a Dr. Who episode).
The data dump includes a folder of a dozen .sql data files:
The “AttyMaster.sql” file, as its name suggests, is the largest file while three of the other files are negligible in size.
The Florida Bar was notified on September 26, 2016.
This post will be updated once more information is available. UPDATES are noted in bold/underline above.