The hacker group, known as LulzSec, has hacked into the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s computers and leaked a large cache of sensitive files including training manuals, emails, and intelligence documents. LulzSec has apparently declared war against government sites under “Operation Anti-Sec.”
Lulzsec has been responsible for a number of high-profile attacks, including attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network and FBI affiliate Infragard. Other attacks include PBS.org, Fox.com, and the U.S. Senate’s public website. LulzSec also took down the CIA’s website not that long ago.
This time, LulzSec has targeted a government agency. “We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 law and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona. Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressorss—the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world,” LulzSec stated.
The documents leaked are authentic according to a spokesperson of the Arizona agency. LulzSec likely accessed the sensitive documents via the email accounts of eight different officers. “Our IT people are looking at this, trying to determine how this breach was made and how to stop it,” said Steve Harrison, spokesperson for the Arizona agency.
LulzSec even tweeted about the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio saying, “Media? Heat? You?” The tweet also included an expletive in Spanish aimed at the Border Patrol.
The sensitive documents that were leaked included security bulletins on wanted suspects from previous years, copies of court filings, and a list of street terms for illegal drugs. Emails and bulletins from other agencies were also leaked. None of which pose a huge security risk, but are not intended for the public’s eyes.
“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,” said LulzSec in an announcement.
LulzSec plans on releasing information every week to embarrass military and law enforcement officials. LulzSec further describes this as “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.’ ”
On LulzSec’s twitter page, there is a tweet that says, “Releasing more goods on Monday!” Who do you think they will target next?Further reading: LulzSec, Security