Arizona police records hacked in response to immigration law

Published: Friday, June 24 2011 9:51 a.m. MDT

The Arizona Department of Public Safety isn't LOL, or "Laughing out Loud."

Lulzsec, short for the hacker group Lulz Security, released confidential Arizona police documents in a backlash against the state's controversial immigration law. In a statement, the group told CNN they are "releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement" in response to "SB 1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."

The release of this information is more than just embarrassing to Arizona law enforcement.

Capt. Steve Harrison, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, told The New York Times the personal information released could endanger the safety of their officers and that the documents were sensitive, not confidential.

Sony, the CIA and the U.S. Senate have previously been on the group's hack list, but they claim that is only the beginning. Lulzsec plans more in the near future.

The group plans weekly releases of government, police and military documents similar to those hacked from Arizona law enforcement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The worldwide hacking group hasn't gone unchecked.

Ryan Cleary, a 19-year-old from Essex, England, was arrested on charges of a hacking attack against the Serious Organized Crime Agency, the national police unit responsible for pro-active operations against serious and organized crime. FBI agents recently arrived in England to investigate the alleged hacker, according to The Independent.

EMAIL: jferguson@desnews.com

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