Here we go again.
A third dump of data stolen by political activists hacking into Arizona law enforcement officials’ computers was released Thursday night. And now they’re just toying with officers, claiming to have been reading the emails of the state Fraternal Order of Police director even as he was discussing previous cyberattacks on the Arizona Department of Public Safety that made references to the FOP. This, apparently, after he had changed his passwords and “taken down” the union organization’s websites.
Those union sites, too, appear to have been hacked and are in fact currently down, including those for the statewide organization and websites for Mesa and Tucson chapters.
A statement from the hacker collective AntiSec reads:
“For the third knockout blow against Arizona law enforcement, we decided to get destructive. We’re defacing eight AZ Fraternal Order of Police websites and releasing a master list of over 1200 officer’s usernames, passwords, and email addresses. Additionally we are leaking hundreds of private FOP documents and several more mail spools belonging to FOP presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, a police chief, and the FOP Labor Council executive directory and webmaster whose insecure web development skills was responsible for this whole mess. We’re doing this not only because we are opposed to SB1070 and the racist Arizona police state, but because we want a world free from police, prisons and politicians altogether.”
These self-styled anarchists claim to have found “more racist email chain emails,” including an Arizona police chief forwarding jokes about torturing “ragheads” and many crude jokes about President Barack Obama. (You can read the whole description here.)
“Amusingly we also were reading James Mann’s emails as they were discussing the AZDPS hacks and struggling to send out press releases explaining why they had a sex offender in their FOP ranks. Initially James changed all his passwords and pulled the AZFOP sites down out of fear of impending hacker attacks, but there is no stopping the kind of chaos we bring upon all those who cross our path.”
The authors of the AntiSec document describing the released files says the password list that made the intrusion possible has been passed around for some time — “However the list proved to be too great, and now we are seeking community assistance in going through everybody’s inbox to retrieve and expose their secrets. Go forth and bring mayhem to the lives of these corrupt officers,” they exhort.
“Let this third and crushing blow against Arizona police send a strong message to the ruling class around the world. You will no longer be able to operate your campaign of terror against immigrants and working people in secrecy: we will find you, expose you, and knock you off the internet. Many lulz have been had while we purposefully strung you along slowly and painfully for the past two weeks. We know exactly what we’re doing, so think twice before considering crossing us.
“Hackers of the world, join us as we resist against the governments and corporations of the world, for there is enough bounty for everybody aboard the good ship #antisec.”