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LulzSec's latest target is the Arizona police, which it mocked with Spanish profanity after hacking.  (Source: LulzSec)

LulzSec says the hack was in response to a recent anti-illegal immigrant act, which many say amounts to legislating racial profiling. The bill also implements warrantless arrests of individuals who may be U.S. citizens.  (Source: FlagDailyPhoto)

Even after attacks on the U.S. Senate, CIA, an FBI affiliate, UK law enforcement, and now the Ariz. police, international officials seem no closer to catching LulzSec. The group is a splinter faction of the larger hacking collective Anonymous, and formed shortly after its key members hacked HBGary in Feb. 2011.  (Source: Barbara Ling)
Emails, passwords, confidential documents, and more are all stolen from the state of Arizona

LulzSec appears to be taking its promise to hack international governments and banking institutions -- dubbed "op antisec" -- seriously.  The group on Thursday published a treasure trove of information, purloined from Arizona police department servers.

I. Police are Helpless to Stop LulzSec

The group entitled the release "Chinga La Migra", which is Spanish for "F**k the border patrol", according to slang site UrbanDicitionary.

LulzSec appears to have penetrated deeply into servers of at least one Arizona police department, stealing 708 files, which range from training manuals, to internal documents detailing arrests and more.

The documents were posted to popular torrent tracking site The Pirate Bay, with a description that included an ASCII art picture of a machine gun with the text "OFF THE PIGS".

They also posted the real names, usernames, and passwords of seven Arizona Department of Public Safety officials.  They post the home phone numbers of four officials, and the home addresses of three of them -- including a highway patrol officer named Steven G. Loya.

In their press release the group writes:

We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.

The documents classified as "law enforcement sensitive", "not for public distribution", and "for official use only" are primarily related to border patrol and counter-terrorism operations and describe the use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest movements.
Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarassing 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".

Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world. See you again real soon! ;D

teve Harrison, a Arizona DPS spokesperson stated, "We are aware of computer issues. We're looking into it. And of course we're taking additional security safeguards."

II. Hack Casts Light on Controversial Law

SB1070, "The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act",  was passed by the Arizona state legislature last year and signed into law in late April 2010.  The bill was ostensibly designed to crack down on the large amount of illegal immigration from Mexico, the U.S.'s southern neighbor.

The new law contained a number of provisions, including making it a felony offense to transport illegal immigrants and instituting new fines for those caught hiring illegal immigrants.

But its most contentious provision is that it requires "legal" aliens to carry their documents with them at all times, and allows police officers to ask for documents individuals they "suspect" might be illegal aliens, during routine investigations.

The bill's critics say the measure institutes a standard of racial profiling since many illegal aliens are Hispanic.

Polls from mid-2010 [1][2] indicate between 55 and 70 percent of Americans supported the measure.  Of those who didn't support, it, one poll indicates nearly half of them opposed it because they felt it didn't go far enough, surprisingly.  However, a poll by the Associated Press and Univision showed that race was a deep determinant of support, with most whites supporting the poll, but most Hispanics opposing it.  

Some Arizona police officers said that they would not try to enforce the new law out of moral objections, even if they were told to.

Several lawsuits and legal challenges have been filed against the law, which they say amounts to legislated racism and is unconstitutional.  A Federal U.S. District Judge, Susan Bolton, issued an injunction last July, right before the law was set to go into full effect.

She barred several parts of the law, including a provision "authorizing the warrantless arrest of a person" suspected of being an illegal immigrant, a provision that makes it a crime to fail to apply for or carry alien registration papers, and a provision that makes it a crime "for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for, or perform work."

While some may have mixed feelings on illegal immigration, they may wish to make note that the act is the latest of multiple bills on a state and federal level that look to expand allowances for warrantless arrests of American citizens not committing crimes.

III. Government Can't Catch LulzSec to Save Their Servers

The recent LulzSec hacks on U.S. government agencies -- which include distributed denial of service takedown of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agencya hack of U.S. Senate servers, and an attack on an affiliate of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- have yet again demonstrated an appalling level of incompetence in cybersecurity on a state and federal level.

A recent government audit found that one in three FBI cyber investigations officers was incompetent by industry standards.

Despite rival hackers posting the handles of LulzSec's key players -- "Topiary", "Sabu", and "Kayla" (M) -- they seem no closer to arrest the group's members.

Thus far the only arrest has been a hacker who went by "Chippy1337" (real name: Ryan Cleary).  A former member of the 4-Chan-related hacker collective Anonymous, Mr. Cleary reportedly had published server logs of members of Anonymous.  The group responded by excommunicating the young man and "doxing" him -- reveal his real world identity, including address, online.

Mr. Cleary had marginal ties to LulzSec, maintaining one of their several IRC chat servers.  He was arrested in Britain earlier this week.

Similar to the arrest of Robert Cavenaugh -- another hacker who anger Anonymous -- Mr. Cleary's arrest shows what seems to be a clear effort by LulzSec and/or Anonymous to feed the government supposed members (really enemies of the group) to throw them off their trail.

Recent posts have revealed that LulzSec is a splinter group of Anonymous who wanted to perform higher profile attacks, and thus distanced themselves from the greater group.  The group's members are believed to have orchestrated the February 2011 attacks on security firm HBGary, which cast a light on CEO Aaron Barr's questionable social engineering tactics.  Disgraced, Mr. Barr was forced to resign to "focus on taking care of my family and rebuilding my reputation."

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By borismkv on 6/24/2011 12:21:47 PM , Rating: 5
I think you need to read the actual law, folks. There's a lot of hype around this law that is just outright stupid. For instance, the whole, "Show me your papers" rhetoric is idiotic. Legal immigrants are already required to carry papers when driving. It's called a driver's license. And legal immigrants are also required to carry their visa with them when they pass through border patrol checkpoints. The main purpose of this law is to allow enforcement of existing immigration laws beyond the 100 mile enforcement zone allowed to the Border Patrol. And the law doesn't specify allowances for "Warrantless arrests" but rather requires police personnel to contact INS if a specific individual does not provide identification.

Then there's the fact that it makes human trafficking a Felony (not a misdemeanor), and trafficking in unaccompanied minors a serious felony. And if you haven't already read what some human traffickers do to the people they ferry, you should. It is not uncommon for them to take what little funds an immigrant is willing to provide for illegal entry and either kill them or leave them to die in the desert.

I also don't think you guys realize what the lack of proper border patrol enforcement does to the state of Arizona. There are entire towns down here that have been taken over by cartels. A number of the fires that are burning down homes and laying waste to the countryside were allegedly caused by signal and camp fires created by scouts for human trafficking and immigrants themselves. Immigrants also tend to leave a trail of garbage like you would not believe. The popular trafficking routes tend to resemble garbage dumps for the amount of refuse that is left behind.

RE: SB1070
By Bostlabs on 6/24/2011 1:39:15 PM , Rating: 3
borismkv, thank you!

I live in Phoenix and while it isn't as bad as further south, at least yet, it isn't pretty.

Every time I visit Tucson it appears to get worse and worse. I won't travel any farther south than Tucson anymore unless it is required for work.

I love this state and all we are trying to do is get a handle on the situation. If you arrived here legally and went through the proper steps I welcome you! If you have gotten here by hook or crook and are contributing to the crime rate or stealing someone's identity to get State support, driving without a lic or insurance or are part of the drug trade I DO NOT WANT YOU HERE! I don't care what color your skin is but if you are doing any of that you are scum and need to be sent back.

RE: SB1070
By Omega215D on 6/24/2011 5:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
And if they think this country is tough, try going to Asia or Europe. My friends, who are from those places, tell me I should have my papers in order before heading out there.

Even though my dad was born and raised in Hong Kong if he wants to go back to visit he needs to have his passport and visa at all times.

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