Hackers Leak Arizona Border Police Data for Second Time
For the second time in a week, hackers have leaked confidential and extremely personal data pertaining to the Arizona Department of Public Safety to protest Arizona's controversial immigration laws.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. EDT today (June 29) the hacking group Anonymous posted private information on 13 Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) officers, including official police documents and those officers' Social Security numbers, email passwords, social networking and dating site profiles.
The leak, which the hackers posted to the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, even included pictures of one officer's girlfriend.
This newest attack comes just six days after the now-disbanded LulzSec hackers launched "Ch***a La Migra," leaking hundreds of confidential Arizona police documents to protest SB1070, a law that makes it a misdemeanor for foreigners in Arizona to be in the state without carrying registration documents.
(In Spanish, "Ch***a La Migra" loosely translates to "F*** Immigration Agents.)
"Just when you thought it was over, we're hitting the Arizona police state with our second round of attacks," Anonymous wrote in its announcement, "Ch***a La Migra Communique Dos."
Anonymous justified the data leak by referencing what it believes are gross human rights violations enabled by the anti-immigration law.
"Yes we're aware that putting the pigs on blast risks their safety, those poor defenseless police officers who lock people up for decades, who get away with brutality and torture, who discriminate against people of color, who make and break their own laws as they see fit," Anonymous wrote. "We are making sure they experience just a taste of the same kind of violence and terror they dish out on an everyday basis."
Now that LulzSec has ceased its operations, Anonymous has picked up the slack: yesterday (June 28) the hackers released passwords and usernames stolen from government servers in Brazil, Anguilla, Australia and Zimbabwe .