DPS hacked again, officers' personal info posted online

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 30 at 7:07 AM

PHOENIX -- The Department of Public Safety has confirmed that more information has been leaked in what appears to be a second hack attack, and this time it's personal.

The information reportedly includes personal details about several officers, including DPS spokesman Capt. Stephen Harrison. Among other things, the data dump allegedly contains names, addresses, Social Security numbers, online dating account details, voicemails, chat logs and even “seductive girlfriend pictures," all of which belong to about a dozen Arizona DPS officers.

The hackers reportedly also targeted Harrison’s personal Hotmail, Facebook and Match.com accounts.

Last week, Harrison told 3TV that extra security precautions were being put in place to prevent future attacks.

"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," Harrison said.

According to Gizmodo.com, all of this new information was posted to a popular pirating website by a hacker dubbed only as "Anonymous" who teamed up with a group called LulzSec for "Operation Anti-Security."

"In this second bulletin, we're dumping booty pirated from a dozen Arizona police officer's personal email accounts looking specifically for humiliating dirt," wrote Anonymous in "Communique Dos."

"The same fate will meet anyone else who tries to paint us as terrorists in an Orwellian attempt to pass more pro-censorship or racial-profiling police state laws," the post continued.

Last week, LulzSec hacked into DPS computer systems and released emails, passwords and other potentially sensitive information in a similar manner. More than 700 documents were stolen, but the information was mostly official in nature.

With a motto of “Laughing at Security,” LulzSec claimed the hack attack was payback for SB 1070, Arizona's controversial new anti illegal-immigration law.

LulzSec has since disbanded, existing for less than two months. During that time, however, they say they hacked a variety of organizations, including PBS, Fox News, Sony, the U.S. Senate, the CIA and several gaming companies. On June 26, the six-member group released a statement in which they said their website was being taken down. The group said its "50 days of lulz" statement would be its final release.

While the group's dissolution was somewhat of a surprise, members said the decision had nothing to do with pressure from federal authorities or rival hackers.

"The press are getting bored of us, and we're getting bored of us," said one LulzSec member in an interview with The Associated Press

Like last week's incident, this new attack on Arizona's DPS appears to be politically motivated.

Hacking into government computer systems is a federal crime.

3TV is working on this developing story and information will be updated as it's confirmed.

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