The LulzSec hacker group has struck again, this time by gaining access to computers and files of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS). According to a statement the group posted on their LulzSecurity website, Lulz targeted the AZDPS "...specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona." SB1070 refers to Arizona's controversial anti-immigration legislation that was signed in to law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010.
Boing-Boing.net has analyzed and posted some of the documents released by LulzSec, which includes personal email between AZDPS officials, staffer names, email addresses, phone numbers, intelligence bulletins and other materials.
In other LulzSec-related news, The Guardian reports that it has seen authentic LulzSec chat logs that reveal some of the interplay between LulzSec members:
In one episode, they become worried after someone is discovered talking in a chat room about some bounty given to him by "Kayla", one of the LulzSec members. "Kayla will talk to him," says Sabu, the leader of the group, with the clear indication that shutting him up is the aim.
Despite the recent arrest of teenage hacker Ryan Cleary and the seizure of server hardware by the FBI which may be tied to LulzSec and Cleary -- who is alleged to be part of the LulzSec group -- LulzSec's operations seem to be continuing unabated, judging by the stream of entries on the LulzSec Twitter page.
What are your thoughts on the activities of LulzSec? Are they wayward hackers out for a joyride, independent hacktivists looking to poke their fingers in the eye of authorities, or are they cybercriminals who should be aggressively pursued by law enforcement? Feel free to add a comment to this blog post or start up a discussion on Twitter.