Arizona Department of Public Safety Hacked Again, by "Hackers Without Borders"

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The hackers strike DPS again!

The officer at the Arizona Department of Public Safety's media line sounded pretty hangdog when I called about the latest hacker attack on DPS's computer system, this time by a LulzSec spin-off calling itself "Hackers Without Borders."

He told me someone will get back to me later once DPS figures out just what's occurred. 

Must be exasperating. These keyboard warriors of the Anti-Security Movement are having their way with Arizona's largest law enforcement agency. And after the now-disbanded group LulzSec released a ton of info gleaned from DPS officers' e-mails last week, this new incarnation is going back for seconds.

Last week's hack was a mixed bag, and offered little in the way of incriminating info about DPS. 

Generally, with some exceptions, the story was of the man-bites-dog variety, showing that basically DPS has been doing its job, monitoring neo-Nazi, minuteman and drug cartel activity.

Nick Martin at HeatCity, and Brenda Norrell at Censored News ferreted out some interesting info, but there were no bombshells, alas. Hell, I even noticed a bulletin on the neo-Nazi Oi Fest from a couple of years ago that referenced one of my blogs warning of the event. 

As far as I'm concerned, DPS should be monitoring and investigating hate groups and criminal enterprises. It's part of what they are there for.

In the press release accompanying the latest dump, the hackers claim they have some juicier stuff this time around. They certainly make it clear that they hate the po-po.

"Yes we're aware that putting the pigs on blast puts 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. 

"We are making sure they experience just a taste of the same kind of violence and terror they dish out on an every day basis. Our advice to you is to quit while you still can and turn on your commanding officers before you end up in our cross hairs next, because we're not stopping until every prisoner is freed and every prison is burned to the ground."

Um, "until every prisoner is freed"? I'm all for access to information, but I do know there are some people in prison who belong there. Yes, there are people there who've been jacked up on bogus charges. But there are stone-cold killers and maniacs in the mix, too. 

I'm not defending all law enforcement. And our criminal justice system is, well, a mess. But I can't go so far as to condemn all law enforcement either.

Moreover, Hackers Without Borders is risking exposing people who give crucial intelligence to the police. From reviewing the files from last week, I happen to know there are some people, not cops, whose names being in the dump might jeopardize their safety and that of their families. These are good people, doing good work to bring some really evil individuals to heel.

And no, they are not snitches. They are legitimate sources.

It's something HWB may want to consider. I don't think hackers are "terrorists." In a strange way, they have their role, and they are taking some big risks themselves in targeting law enforcement in this manner. 

Heck, I wouldn't do it, even if I knew how. These guys are either nuts, have huevos of steel, or just believe themselves invincible. And they obviously know their code.

What is the hacker's role in society? I'll give them this: They are a constant reminder to us all that there are no secrets in this day and age. At least not when it comes to anything involving the Internet. Maybe we should all go back to sending messages via carrier pigeon. That would be safer, for sure.

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Transphor Adon
Transphor Adon

Keep up the great work Anonymous! Keep the names and addresses flowing, that shit is golden ^_^

Tim
Tim

As for stopping illegal immigrants.  Unlike what lulzsec/anonymous think, a HUGE majority of America actually supports what Arizona is doing... well except Obama.

Bobby
Bobby

Of course they do. But if your only source of news is TASS, I mean ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. you don't have the slightest idea of what's going on in your nation--Americans.

BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID.

Tim
Tim

I really hope that once these idiots are caught, that the book is thrown at them for every crime they have committed.  They hide behind this "security" nonsense, as an excuse/coverup to commit their crimes.

I've read about several member of Lulzsec having their homes raided, but why haven't they been arrested?

james
james

Yeah! Too hell with innocent people whose personal details may be listed in police reports! To hell with violent crime victims and witnesses who will have to hide because their locations were just published online. And all those whiny rape victims whose personal case details were published online for the world to see! No privacy for them! its their fault for talking to the cops in the first place. Forget them, its all in the name of freedom and getting back at the man. After all, our personal information isn't likely in those files to who cares, right?

You people are a bunch of immature fools. There are alot of files that are confidential for damn good reasons. Regular people who have done nothing wrong will have their lives affected. But if it hurts the evil police or that danged Joe Arpaio then I guess its all for the better.

Tim
Tim

Thats exactly what these hackers are... fools.

Bobby
Bobby

Excellent James.  Just the same point I was making in my post. I didn't even read yours yet, which proves that common sense still lives. Thank you. 

Temoc
Temoc

'Illegal is illegal'.

Um, considering the feds already have mountains of evidence indicating ILLEGAL activities by Joe Arpaio/MCSO, when will we see federal indictments? When will America finally get to see Joe Arpaio doing the perp walk?

In the grand scheme of things, whose actions are more detrimental of society? Those of high minded hackers - or corrupt crooked cops like Joe Arpaio and the MCSO?

After all, its the fact they are 'breaking the law' that has the RW wacko up in arms right?

Bobby
Bobby

"illegal is illegal"

So, what your'e saying Comrade, is that you scoff at those who point out the gross violation of U.S. immigration law by foreign nationals, but find illegal activity punisable when an American is involved. I SEE.

Temoc
Temoc

These hackers are combating the climate of HATRED, here in Arizona, through effective NON-VIOLENT means. Sure, boycotts may also be effective - but they also affect Joe/Jane business owners who may not have drunk the nativist kool aid. Of course, to finally end the reign of terror, we must beat the nativist HATE MONGERS at the polls!!!

Kudos to them!!!

Tempepolicecloset.Com
Tempepolicecloset.Com

The hackers need to go after the Tempe PD next.  They're tight with Arpaio and Hendershott and have a history of discrimination and abusing the rights of citizens.  

Falbo
Falbo

Whoever runs the IT department at the Department of Public Safety needs to be fired immediately. Whoever that person reports to should also resign. The security lapses that lead to these breaches are inexcusable.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Yep. Hack me once, shame on you, hack me twice...

Susancorridan
Susancorridan

One Day all these Latinos and Anonymous members will grow up and run for office :), Your right Mr. Lemons the private life is dead in this country if your online and don't buy VPN's,Use Tor browser or other proxies to hide your identity or hijack somebody else's WIFI signal. Just think when China starts World War 3 they will attack in virtual and meatspace by raising a army of botnets to attack online targets and bomb us, good times ahead folks

Mistalee
Mistalee

WTF do Latinos have to do with this story. The ethnicity of the hackers is not identified and not relevant.

Doctor Strangelove
Doctor Strangelove

When China starts WWIII, we will just nuke them. Nuclear deterrance FTW!

Andrew Zahn
Andrew Zahn

I really love how groups like Anonymous and Hackers Without Borders think that they are the supreme judges of right and wrong.  No one is allowed to question their motives and their cult of internet followers blindly eats up every move they make.  Lulzsec's DPS breach did more harm than good and I'm sure that this latest breach will be more of the same.  The fact that HWB stated, "we're not stopping until every prisoner is freed and every prison is burned to the ground"  really shows their juvenility.  Hackers never leave the safety of their keyboards and monitors, so why would they care how their actions truly affect people.

Bobby
Bobby

That's what happens Andrew, that's the message people like you and others send to clowns like Lulzsec when you make it clear that U.S. borders mean nothing and you will not vote for those that would get tough. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS--NONE OF YOU..

anonymous
anonymous

While I don't agree with all of these hackerrs actions, many of the points of contention you have with these hackers, the mcso are guilty of as well. Often Arpaio and his officers think themselves as supreme gods, mistreating and doling out beatings during arrests and while in custody leading to deaths of those incarcerated before they reach trial . They are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law and it isn't the officers duty to dole out punishment until the legal proceedings have declared the alleged to be innocent or guilty. This is the officers breaking the law. The victims of the states police are often not allowed to question officers actions unless they want a resisting arrest charge added to their infractions. Then in contrast to what you call their "Cult of internet followers" blindly eating up whatever move they make to the mcso officers and superiors having their own cult following of geriatric wannabe police men posse memeber singing praises to every ridiculous media event that arpaio puts on or every illegal misdeed of their savior joey arpaio. And the similarity of hackers hiding behind computers is not much different than the police and arpaio hiding behind the color of authority. They care, like I do that do not want other or themselves to fall victim to these thugs. If they got caught them I am sure some officer would be sneaking a few elbows to the ribs, or handing out some bruises, broken bones, etc from a "accidental fall down the stairs."

I know I have experienced the juvinile actions of mcso officers thinking themselves the baddest ass cops on the street and they are sure to make sure you know it by not listening to reason, treating you rudely and manhandling you once you are cuffed. The police are far from innocent, IAD often has the officers best interest in mind and not the publics. They are simply getting a test of their own medicine, yes illegally but not any different than the police hiding behind their badges and giving out their own iillegal justice.

J Curwen
J Curwen

I beg to disagree. What exactly is happening here, in this forum? Motives and methods of these people are being examined and questioned.

As for who is the judge of right and wrong, I'd say that's each and every one of us. They seem to have come to an extreme version of this in their assertion that every prison should be burned to the ground. That's old Yippie theatrical rhetoric that goes back 40 years or more.

I've been incarcerated before: on heinous pot charges. I make no apology for my crimes. However, I will share that something I learned while inside was that there are, indeed, some folks who need to be locked up. Sometimes the government even gets it right about who fits the criteria. Thank God for that much.

james
james

These hackers are going to continue engaging in these kinds of activities and having everyone waiting on the next dump of hacked info until someone gets killed.

One of these days they will release documents regarding the identities and locations of crucial state witnesses, rape victims, or undercover cops. Someone will get killed and these hackers will be responsible and finally their idiot fans will see them for what they truly are. A menace, with no concern for anyone else.

Bobby
Bobby

It's because we have an administration, James, that fully supports open borders, the invasion from Mexico, and fascist Corporatisim.

Ross
Ross

Even worse, one of these days they are going to release documents regarding the location of Joe Arpaio investments.  Then we will see some regrets.

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