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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

S
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 The Raven on 6/24/2011 5:07:57 PM , Rating: 5
I know this is a fact in Japan. When I lived there I had to carry what we called a "gaijin card" on me at all times. I didn't have a problem with that because I was in someone else's country.

I was told that if I lost it, I could be detained in jail until it was proven that I was there legally.

This is neither here nor there, but it is not a big deal to have to "carry papers"... even on Axis soil.

Besides, I have to carry papers in MY OWN BELOVED COUNTRY if I so much as want to take a P!$$ (i.e. IMO excessive amounts of permit reqs).

And of course there are the classic examples of things like driver's licenses and SS cards.
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an officer cannot simply stop someone because he/she suspects they are an illegal.
As you say, this "probable cause" thing that has been going on for quite a while is not voided by this law. People need to get a grip.

Other laws need to be changed IMO. This one is fine in and of itself.


By Omega215D on 6/24/2011 5:23:54 PM , Rating: 3
Most other countries require something similar to papers or documents needing to be carried.

People fail to realize that our state issue IDs and licenses are a form of "papers" that we carry on our persons at most times. If not then either the person knows their social security number or the police can access the DB.


RE: ILLEGAL allien. Did you miss the illegal part?
By Samus on 6/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: ILLEGAL allien. Did you miss the illegal part?
By SunTzu on 6/25/11, Rating: -1
By PReiger99 on 6/25/2011 9:50:06 AM , Rating: 4
You can't be serious. The constitution no matter if it's an American one or one from another country, is the most important document a country can have. It sets general rules/rights/duties/etc that are usually extremely hard to change and as such, it prevents a government to behave like an autocrat.

Around where I live, I don't have to carry ID on me all the time, of course, if I'm arrested (for a valid reason), it will make the process much longer as they will have to determine who I am. But any police officer who just "checking for ID" would not get anything from me. I don't have to until they charge me of a real infraction/crime; I'm not living in a police state and I can thanks my country constitution for that.


RE: ILLEGAL allien. Did you miss the illegal part?
By ihateu3 on 6/26/2011 6:35:23 AM , Rating: 2
Where are all these police that actually follow the law at? They don't around here, or any city I travel to. They do what they want. And I live in an area of cities that are only 30k - 50k populations in Ohio!

If you dare stand up to them, you face getting beat up, or a made up charge that they know you can beat, but also know you have to spend money on a lawyer to do so. I hate to say it, but it seems better to suck up to them than pay money out the ass just to defend your innocence, just so they can do it all over again next week....


RE: ILLEGAL allien. Did you miss the illegal part?
By The0ne on 6/27/2011 4:57:52 AM , Rating: 2
What you've described is everywhere. Most cops are just aholes simply because they are cops and know they can do almost anything they want. Having a law enforced just makes it worse as it leads to profiling and such. And why not, who else is going to cross the border, Japanese people? Still, that does not make it right as it then leads to many other issues with race, color, etc.

I had a copy stopped me to give me a ticket because he saw a girl in my car take a camera shot with a flash. I asked him why he stopped me and he laughing stated he just wanted to make sure it wasn't anything strange. Ok, fine...so why the ticket? Cause I stopped you so I have to give you a ticket so I don't look dumb. Fcking cop.


By mostyle on 6/27/2011 11:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
> Why the ticket?

Several states require by law that documentation (either ticket, warning, field ID) be issued. Now as to why ticket.. That is at the individual's discretion.


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