Orlando: Suspected hacker group linked to Orlando attack


(Reuters) – An unidentified hacker group believed to be linked to the attack on the Orlando nightclub Pulse nightclub has attacked an online news outlet and is seeking to obtain financial information from the victim, Orlando police said on Monday.

The group, called “Anarchist Group”, is believed to have attacked the Orlando Sentinel website, an online newspaper that was not part of the U.S. government, the Orlando Police Department said.

It is not clear who the group is and the identity of the person who was targeted, said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

Police do not have any other information about the attack, he said.

In a statement, the Sentinel said it was a “completely different story” than the widely circulated reports of a “massive hack” of its websites.

It said it received an email on Sunday from a person claiming to be affiliated with the hacker group claiming to have access to the site’s database.

The attack was apparently unsuccessful, the newspaper said.

Mina said the Sentinel’s database was accessed and the person’s identity was revealed.

The police department said the email had been sent to the Sentinel editor and publisher, who were both in Orlando at the time.

Police have not identified any other victims of the attack.

Police did not immediately identify any other people in the group or the attacker.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Rosalind Russell and Andrew Hay)