LulzSec, in a joint effort with fellow griefer group Anonymous, targeted Arizona Police yesterday when they leaked hundreds of confidential documents into the wild via BitTorrent. The intelligence docs, training manuals, and personal data (including names, e-mails, cell phone numbers and addresses of police workers) have been confirmed as authentic by Arizona law enforcement.
The state’s Department of Public Safety was targeted in protest over SB 1070, a new controversial law that has racial profiling opponents up in arms: The toughest anti-illegal immigration law to pass in the country, SB 1070 requires Arizona immigrants to have registration papers on them at all times and empowers authorities to request them on sight.
Regarding the leak, LulzSec had this to say:
We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
The documents classified as “law enforcement sensitive”, “not for public distribution”, and “for official use only” are primarily related to border patrol and counter-terrorism operations and describe the use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest movements.
Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarassing [sic] personal details of military and law enforcement in an effort not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust “war on drugs”.
Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors – the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world. See you again real soon! ;D
The state police condemn the leak: “Law enforcement officials go to many lengths to protect their identities,” says Arizona Highway Patrol Association President Jimmy Chavez. “These individuals maliciously released confidential information knowing the safety of DPS employees, and their families, would be compromised. A threat to release more DPS files demonstrates how heinous the hackers are willing to act. The AHPA would like to see the people brought to justice and prosecuted to the highest degree of the law.”
The collaboration of the two groups was codenamed “Anti-Sec,” short for Anti-Security. The mission? To breach any info deemed classified by the government (including docs, personal data of military and police) “not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust ‘war on drugs.’ ” Indeed, a LulzSec tweet yesterday already teases another attack: “Releasing more goods on Monday!”
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