Anonymous hacking group LulzSec claimed Thursday to have released “hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses, and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement.”
The data dump could contain compromising information about Arizona police efforts to infiltrate various criminal and political groups, if LulzSec’s less-boastful-than-usual statement describing its latest exploit is to be believed.
The group said in the statement on its Lulzsecurity.com promotional site that it opposed Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law, SB1070, and “the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”
The statement was followed by a list of personal details, including email usernames and passwords, presumably belonging to Arizona law enforcement officers.
LulzSec, responsible for a string of high-profile hacks in recent months, linked to a torrent file containing its latest “payload” on a tweet describing its latest hack as “Chinga La Migra.”
“The documents classified as ‘law enforcement sensitive,’ ‘not for public distribution,’ and ‘for official use only’ are primarily related to border patrol and counter-terrorism operations and describe the use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest movements,” LulzSec’s statement on the Arizona breach said.
“Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarassing [sic] 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 hacking group, labeled “griefers” by some, promised “more goods on Monday” in a follow-up tweet to the Arizona police data dump.
Earlier Thursday, Fox News claimed to have an exclusive interview with a member of a LulzSec rival group that has vowed to expose the identities of LulzSec’s members.
“We’re here to show the world that they’re nothing but a bunch of script kiddies,” 23-year-old Tennessee resident Hex0010 of TeaMp0isoN told Fox. TeaMp0isoN is reportedly a pro-Palestinian group of hackers which earlier in the week claimed a Swedish web designer was a member of LulzSec, a charge the man denied.
Hex0010 told Fox the next alleged LulzSec member his group would expose was in California.
British authorities this week arrested 19-year-old Ryan Cleary, charging him Wednesday with computer crimes. Cleary has been associated with both LulzSec and Anonymous, the global hacking outfit from which LulzSec is believed to have splintered off.
LulzSec has said it is “mildly associated” with Cleary, though it claims that is limited to having hosted chatrooms on Cleary’s IRC server.
Among LulzSec’s most high-profile hacking targets in the past few months are Sony, Nintendo, and the CIA.