LulzSec hacks Arizona DPS email accounts

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by Steve Ryan

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 25 at 2:39 PM

PHOENIX, Ariz.- A group of computer hackers called LulzSec is claiming responsibility for hacking into the email accounts of at least eight officers who work for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

This week's security breach is cause for concern for DPS brass, especially because the officers' personal information was posted online. None of the information that was hacked exposes any personal information belonging to the general public.

"If a criminal is thinking about targeting any of our officers, it's a very bad idea. I don't want to go into detail about the security protocol we're implementing, but we are increasing security measures for our officers and their families," DPS Captain Steve Harrison said.

More than 700 documents were stolen. Among the information that was posted online are blank DPS reports, field training documents, officer safety advisories and narcotics smuggling tactics.

"We have a very thorough computer forensics division, and will likely request the help of our federal counterparts. We have fortified our network and it is secure.  We are confident we will get the people responsible and prosecute them fully," Captain Harrison said.

The biggest task will be finding and identifying the members of LulzSec. They may not even be in the country. 

However, the hacking they're accused of is a federal crime. If convicted of a variety of charges, they would serve almost every minute of their sentence under the federal system.

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