AntiSec ‘hackers without borders’ claim new hack on Arizona state police
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AntiSec -- a group of hackers made up of members from the Anonymous and the disbanded LulzSec -- published online files that it says contain personal information and documentation of racism in the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The group says it broke into the state police agency’s email servers to get the data, which is made up of ‘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’ as a follow up to LulzSec’s Web attack on Arizona DPS last week.
Officials from Arizona DPS were unavailable to confirm AntiSec’s latest claims on Wednesday. Last week, the Arizona Highway Patrol Assn. said online attacks and data leaks, such as the LulzSec action, could compromise the safety of law enforcement officers.
AntiSec announced its hack against the state’s safety department on Wednesday on Twitter and various ‘torrent’ file-sharing websites such as the Pirate Bay.
‘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,’ a police fraternity, AntiSec said in its data leak.
The group said it hacked into the personal email, Facebook and Match.com accounts of a spokesman for Arizona DPS who has ‘been bragging to the news about how they are upgrading their security and how they will catch the evil hackers who exposed them.’ AntiSec also promised to do the same to ‘anyone else who tries to paint us as terrorists in an Orwellian attempt to pass more pro-censorship or racial-profiling police state laws.’
Racism and corruption in the Arizona Department of Public Safety is what AntiSec says it is trying to expose and the group accuses the state police agency of ‘illegally issuing tickets to Navajos in AZ state court jurisdiction instead of tribal courts’ and pushing out officers who spoke up against such civil rights concerns.
The group also acknowledged that its hacking could pose harm to police, but said it’s not close to the harm police have brought on the state of Arizona.
‘Yes we’re aware that putting the pigs on blast puts risks their safety, those poor defenseless police officers who lock people up for decades, who get away with brutality and torture, who discriminate against people of color, who make and break their own laws as they see fit,’ AntiSec said. ‘We are making sure they experience just a taste of the same kind of violence and terror they dish out on an every day basis. Our advice to you is to quit while you still can and turn on your commanding officers before you end up in our cross hairs next, because we’re not stopping until every prisoner is freed and every prison is burned to the ground.’
The group also encouraged other hackers to ‘set aside our differences and join the antisec popular front against the corrupt governments, corporations, militaries, and law enforcement of the world. We promise you much more bounty to come guaranteed to bring smiles to the faces of all those who have hated the police. Unite and fight, for the flames of revolution burn bright!’
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles