PHOENIX – For the third time in less than two weeks, hackers have targeted Arizona law-enforcement organizations.
This time, the hackers reportedly defaced several websites run by the Fraternal Order of Police. They also allegedly posted the user names and passwords of hundreds of officers.
As part of the digital attack, the group left a note on the affected sites saying they were releasing information about some 1,200 officers. They claim to have broken into 10 different sites belonging to FOP chapters throughout Arizona.
Most of the site managers were able to restore their pages or take them offline.
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.
The second attack came earlier this week and was more personal, releasing 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.
Like the first two incidents, this latest hack attack appears to be politically motivated. The group said they were protesting SB 1070, Arizona’s new anti-illegal-immigration law.
Hacking into government computer systems is a federal crime. The FBI has conducted several searches in connection to the recent rash of high-profile incidents. Agents on Monday raided the home of an Ohio man believed to be connected to LulzSec.
As part of a global crackdown on hacking, British police have made seven arrests. They have been released on bail. Only one of them has been formally charged; he reportedly is cooperating with investigators.