June 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM ET
Hacking group LulzSec took aim at law enforcement in the state of Arizona on Thursday, saying it was releasing "hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords" belonging to those in law enforcement.
The group, which has claimed responsibility for various denial-of-service attacks in recent weeks, ranging from the CIA and U.S. Senate's public websites to those of various video game companies, said it specifically targeted Arizona "because we are against SB 1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."
SB 1070, a tough immigration law, was passed a year ago by state legislators, but immediately challenged. A preliminary injunction by a federal judge has blocked most of the law from going into effect. Arizona is planning to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the injunction.
The information LulzSec said it obtained — 714 files totaling 446 megabytes — is posted on a file-sharing website. LulzSec has posted various information from other hacked sites on different file-sharing sites, rarely sticking with the same one twice.
Steve Harrison, a spokesman for Arizona's Department of Public Safety told Reuters: "We are aware of computer issues ... We're looking into it. And of course we're taking additional security safeguards."
In a press release LulzSec said the documents are classified as "law enforcement sensitive," "not for public distribution" and "for official use only," and are "primarily related to border patrol and counter-terrorism operations." The documents also describe the "use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups and protest movements."
Lulz, whose name derives from Internet slang for "laugh out loud," also made its announcement on its Twitter page, using Spanish to insult law enforcement with a slur.
Earlier this week, LulzSec said it is now working with Anonymous, best-known for its denial-of-service attacks on Visa and MasterCard, which halted online donations during the WikiLeaks controversy. In its statement Monday, LulzSec asked others to join in on its anti-government hacking efforts.
On Wednesday, British police filed charges against a 19-year-old, Ryan Cleary, suspected of involvement in cyber attacks on the CIA website. Cleary is believed to have ties to LulzSec. One of the charges against him relates to the denial-of-service attack that brought down the website of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency, considered the equivalent of the FBI.
In denial-of-service attacks, hackers bombard a website with so many messages, it can crash the site, forcing it offline. But hacking, and not denial-of-service attacks, is what LulzSec has indicated it plans to do more of.
The group said Thursday that every week from now on, it plans to release "more classified documents and embarrassing 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.' "
The group's Twitter feed also said it will be "releasing more goods on Monday."