By PoliceOne Staff
PHOENIX — Computer hackers who have hit the websites of the US Senate, CIA, Sony and others have released hundreds of documents from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) in their latest online attack — including personal information about officers.
The hacker group known as Lulz Security, which has claimed credit for a series of data thefts in recent weeks, provided a link to the more than 700 documents on their website, according to USA Today. Released documents range from routine alerts from out-of-state police agencies to videos and photos about the hazards of police work and operations of drug gangs.
Some of the information released included the names of eight officers, their spouses' names, cellphone numbers and addresses, according to The Republic.
Lulz Security, or LulzSec, said they were releasing the documents to protest Arizona's immigration laws.
LulzSec opposes Senate Bill 1070, a law the Arizona Legislature passed that widened law-enforcement officers' ability to apprehend illegal immigrants. Pending a Supreme Court review, the law is currently on hold.
Steve Harrison, a DPS spokesman, confirmed that the agency's system had been hacked, The Republic reported.
Harrison said the DPS did not believe any information has been hacked that would compromise current investigations, although LulzSec claims some files were “not for public distribution.”
One arrest has been made in connection to LulzSec.