July 2, 2011

Hackers Hit Arizona Law Enforcement for Third Time

Law enforcement personnel in the state of Arizona have been targeted by hackers for a third time, with members of AntiSec targeting eight state Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) websites and releasing the usernames, passwords, and email addresses of more than 1,200 officers.

"Additionally we are leaking hundreds of private FOP documents and several more mail spools belonging to FOP presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, a police chief, and the FOP Labor Council executive director and webmaster whose insecure web development skills was responsible for this whole mess," the hackers said in a statement posted online at Pastebin.com.

"We're doing this not only because we are opposed to SB1070 and the racist Arizona police state, but because we want a world free from police, prisons and politicians altogether," they added. Among the information they said that they uncovered were "racist email chain emails" including anti-Muslin content, including jokes forwarded by Springerville police chief Mike Nuttal that described torturing "ragheads," as well as "internal arguments over FOP positions" and "lots of crude anti-Obama jokes."

According to PCMag.com's Chloe Albanesius, as of 1:42 PM EST Friday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) website and the eight targeted FOP websites were all offline. Albanesius notes that this third attack was completed by Anonymous, which had been working alongside the now disbanded hacker group LulzSec as part of AntiSec, which she refers to as "an anti-government effort."

"Let this third and crushing blow against Arizona police send a strong message to the ruling class around the world. You will no longer be able to operate your campaign of terror against immigrants and working people in secrecy: we will find you, expose you, and knock you off the internet," AntiSec said as part of their statement.

USA Today's Byron Acohido first reported on the formation of AntiSec--officially "Operation Anti-Security"--on June 20. As part of the group's official announcement--quoted by Acohido in his article--members of Anonymous and LulzSec said that they "encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path."

On Wednesday, after being hacked by the group for the second time, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), stated that the cybercrime had "in no way affected public safety, or the ability of the agency to conduct its mission"¦ to protect the citizens of Arizona." They noted that the personal email accounts of at least 11 agency employees had been compromised, and that stolen information had been published by AntiSec hackers on the group's website.

"There is no evidence the attack has breached the servers of computer systems of DPS, nor the larger state network," they added. "Upon learning of the intrusion into the personal accounts of DPS employees, the agency took action"¦ The security of the eleven DPS employees in question remains the agency's top priority, since a limited amount of personal information was publicly disclosed as part of this breach. Steps are being taken to ensure the officer's safety and that of their families."

As of 5:30pm EST Friday evening, the agency had not yet issued an official response to the third hacking.


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