The group of rogue and jocular hackers known as Lulz Security – or LulzSec – released data Thursday night it claims belongs to Arizona law enforcement in a campaign dubbed “Operation Chinga La Migra.”
“We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement,” the group said on their website.
LulzSec is targeting the state’s law enforcement because they are against SB1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law.
They called Arizona a “racial profiling anti-immigrant police state.”
“We’re trying to track down whoever did it and secure our system,” Steve Harrison, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, told the Phoenix New Times. “Right now we think they got into our computers through our e-mail.”
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said it was not aware of the cyber attack until LulzSec tweeted Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Twitter account.
“The media has been giving me a lot of heat lately but nothing compared to tent city!” Arpaio tweeted Thursday. LulzSec responded, “Media? Heat? You? Chinga La Migra!”
LulzSec announced Tuesday that it would team up with hacker activist group Anonymous, as the manhunt for people involved with both groups continues. LulzSec has also claimed responsibility for the Sony hack that compromised millions of peoples’ personal information, as well as several government hacks. The group burst onto the public radar with a well-publicized hack of PBS NewsHour’s website in early June.
The group has quickly become an Internet sensation, with over a quarter of a million Twitter followers and numerous LulzSec-inspired songs on YouTube.
“Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarrassing personal details of military and law enforcement in an effort not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust war on drugs,” LulzSec announced.
The package of data was uploaded to the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.
“Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors – the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world.”
Updated June 23, 2011 at 9:16pm EST.