Arizona police get hit by cyber attacks again

Arizona law enforcement is still a target of hackers performing cyber attacks. Last month the hacker group LulzSec released confidential info from the state's law enforcement files. Now another well known hacker group, Anonymous, has taken up where LulzSec had left off. Computerworld.com reports that the group has taken responsibility for defacing eight web sites that are owned by the state's Fraternal Order of Police as well as the state's Department of Public Safety site. It also released the usernames, passwords, and e-mail addresses of over 1,200 police officers.

As with the first attack by the supposedly disbanded LulzSec, Anonymous claims that these new attacks are in protest of Arizona's current immigration laws which many feel are too strict. In a message posted on Pastebin, Anonymous states that it has decided to release private documents and emails from Arizona's law enforcement. It claims that some of the emails contained racist comments. In addition to the immigration protests Anonymous states that it wants "a world free from police, prisons and politicians altogether." .

This is actually the third such attack on Arizona's police. LulzSec released a number of documents from the organization on June 24. The next day, LulzSec announced that it was stopping its 50 day hacking campaign against various businesses and organizations. However Anonymous has pledged to continue Lulzsec's work and released more confidential info from Arizona law enforcement authorities on its own on June 29. So far the Fraternal Order of Police has not officially commented on the cyber attacks.

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Anyone manage to get a screen dump of what they actually did to "de-face" the page anything funny or just stupidity?
This sounds like internet graffiti, not really a huge deal. The US government has been doing it for ages just ask tvshack.net.

Is it me or has the tone of Anonymous' statements changed from "underground anarchic movement" to "child playing with scripts"? I smell Lulzsec in the vicinity. Not being overly knowledgeable about the make up of these groups....I'd guess that Lulzsec individuals that "disbanded" are currently housed under the wing of Anonymous.

Wiggz said,
Is it me or has the tone of Anonymous' statements changed from "underground anarchic movement" to "child playing with scripts"? I smell Lulzsec in the vicinity. Not being overly knowledgeable about the make up of these groups....I'd guess that Lulzsec individuals that "disbanded" are currently housed under the wing of Anonymous.

Well, several of the LulzSec members are supposed to come from Anon, so them returning there after disbanding wouldn't seem too farfetched.

And Anon seems to have become more similar to LulzSec, which I think is just gonna hurt them.

In addition to the immigration protests Anonymous states that it wants "a world free from police, prisons and politicians altogether."

Are they for real?

Doli said,
In addition to the immigration protests Anonymous states that it wants "a world free from police, prisons and politicians altogether."

Are they for real?

i doubt it. while i don't care for police to much myself they are needed to some degree to maintain order and getting rid of prison would obviously be a bad thing because then murders would have free reign.

but getting rid of the politicians.... now they might be onto something there

ThaCrip said,

i doubt it. while i don't care for police to much myself they are needed to some degree to maintain order and getting rid of prison would obviously be a bad thing because then murders would have free reign.

but getting rid of the politicians.... now they might be onto something there

+1

Doli said,
In addition to the immigration protests Anonymous states that it wants "a world free from police, prisons and politicians altogether."

Are they for real?


Their statements really seem ridiculous now. Why do they think someone will ever take this seriously?

Arizona isn't going to budge for the same reason the United States doesn't deal with terrorists: If groups start thinking that you can change the mind of a government through illegal activities, every hacker group is going to have a freakin' field day.

Don't like the Patriot Act? Threaten to cut off power to the White House (an extreme but still valid statement).