PHOENIX — A second computer hacking attack in as many weeks against Arizona state police targeted personal email accounts of some of its officers, an official confirmed Wednesday.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is reviewing the information released by a group calling itself AntiSec, agency spokesman Capt. Steve Harrison said. An attack last week by the computer hacking collective group Lulz Security targeted officers' DPS emails.
LulzSec said Saturday that it was disbanding, but the new postings appeared very similar and referenced the earlier attack. They also used the same name for its latest communique
AntiSec said in an online post that it was hitting Arizona police again and "dumping booty pirated from a dozen Arizona police officer's personal email accounts looking specifically for humiliating dirt."
"This leak has names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, social security numbers, online dating account info, voicemails, chat logs, and seductive girlfriend pictures belonging to a dozen Arizona police officers. We found more internal police reports, cops forwarding racist chain emails, k9 drug unit cops who use percocets, and a convicted sex offender who was part of FOP Maricopa Lodge Five."
The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police said the former officer mentioned was retired and had moved out of state when he was charged with a sex crime. He had maintained his membership, but when the group learned of the conviction in 2008, he was expelled, executive director Jim Mann said.
"It sounds like it's kind of politically motivated. It's tragic to think people will come after law enforcement and police officers," Mann said. "We believe that anybody who does something like this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The group said it specifically targeted DPS spokesman Harrison, who they said has "been bragging to the news about how they are upgrading their security and how they will catch the evil hackers who exposed them. Clearly not secure enough, because we owned his personal hotmail, facebook and match.com accounts and dumped all his personal details for the world to see."
Harrison said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday he would have more details later.
"It appears they hacked personal accounts, not the DPS system," Harrison said. "We are looking into this and reviewing the information released."
Last week's attack by LulzSec targeted the DPS email accounts of some officers. The group posted case files and the phone numbers and addresses of some officers. Many of the files LulzSec posted online were innocuous and included invitations to conferences and even some inspirational messages. Others focused on the activity and habits of drug cartels and threats to homeland security.
The cyber attackers said they were specifically targeting the Arizona Department of Public Safety because of the state's tough immigration enforcement law known as SB1070 "and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."
LulzSec has previously taken credit for hacking into Sony Corp. — where more than 100 million user accounts were compromised — and defacing the PBS website as well as a cyber-attacking the CIA website and the U.S Senate computer system.
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