Hacker Group LulzSec Attacks 'Police State' Arizona

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Hacker group LulzSec has taken up a cause for once, although this may be a result of its recently announced AntiSec campaign: it's taken on the Arizona Department of Public Safety over what the group calls the "Chinga La Migra" campaign.

Chinga La Migra isn't a random set of Spanish words. According to the Urban Dictionary, LulzSec's campaign tells Arizona ""f*ck the Border Patrol," a reference to the group's actual target: SB1070, Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law.

In a "press release" on its website, LulzSec (full name: Lulz Security, though it is hardly a security firm as you might think of Kaspersky or Sophos) says the following:

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. [...]

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".

Among the passwords revealed in their press release were two from law enforcement officers. One was the very clever 12345. Another was rosebud, leading many to believe this person was a big fan of Orson Welles and "Citizen Kane."

The full details of the leaked information are not available in the press release. Instead, those interested will have to search for it on BitTorrent (p2p) sites. A simple Google search for Chinga La Migra brings up torrents at several popular sites, such as The Pirate Bay.

SB1070 has been called a law that encourages racial profiling by some. As noted by Wikipedia, it requires Arizona law enforcement to "during a 'lawful stop, detention or arrest', to determine a person's immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien. The problem, many say, is that in Arizona, "reasonable suspicion" translates to Hispanic (or Hispanic looking) people.

Although Arizona insists there would be no racial profiling, it is hard to believe, some say, that police would ask someone white for their immigration papers, even though the person could be from, say, Canada. It is, critics say, even hard to believe anyone in law enforcement would ask for the papers of a black person, Asian, or other person, except for a Hispanic or Hispanic looking person.

The most controversial portions of the law have been blocked by a preliminary injunction.

LulzSec has only recently begun AntiSec, a campaign with fellow hacker group Anonymous. The campaign is aimed at corruption, not just in government, but also in big business.

Update: Arizona has confirmed these documents are real. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association has condemned the release, and issued a statement voicing concerns for officer safety.

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