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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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