Arizona law enforcement agents have become the latest victims of the havoc-wreaking hackers of Lulz Security.
Already infamous for breaking into the U.S Senate's servers and knocking the CIA website offline, Lulz Security yesterday (June 23) hacked into the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) and leaked hundreds of confidential law-enforcement documents.
The leak includes the names, email addresses, passwords, home addresses and phone numbers of of five highway patrol officers.
Perhaps more damaging, the leak also includes hundreds of private intelligence bulletins and training manuals, with names including "FOD Mexican Cartel Activity.pdf" and "FBI Sovereign Citizen Extremists May Use Mock Peace Officer Identification Cards to Impersonate Law Enforcement.pdf."
Most intriguing to some security professionals was a document, apparently originating with a Florida police department, that listed several "anti-police" smartphone apps.
Among them were Trapster, which uses crowdsourcing to warn of speed traps, and Cop Recorder, which can be silently activated to record conversations. All the the apps appeared to be legal.
The tech blog BoingBoing exhaustively went through the documents and posted its findings; you can read BoingBoing's results here.
Unlike some of LulzSec's recent exploits, there is a pointed element of activism to this leak, evidenced initially by the name LulzSec gave the hack: "Ch***a La Migra." (In Spanish the phrase translates roughly to "F*** Immigration Agents").
LulzSec said in its official release that it targeted AZDPS "specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."
(SB1070, or the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," is Arizona's law that makes it a misdemeanor for an foreigner to be in the state without carrying registration documents. The law has incited controversial responses from groups who believe it violates civil rights).
According to LulzSec, this leak is just the beginning of its anti-authoritarian crusade.
"Every week we plan on releasing 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.'"
In reference to its recent " Operation Anti-Security " campaign, in which it urged people to launch cyberattacks against government agencies, LulzSec wrote, "Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors — the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world."