The Arizona Department of Public Safety recently suffered its second major data leak in less than two weeks when hackers publicly exposed information stolen from the agency's computer systems and police officers' email accounts.
Last week, the hacker group known as Lulz Security leaked hundreds of private documents, files and other personal information belonging to Arizona's law enforcement agency in protest of the state's laws on illegal immigration.
This time around, hackers associated with the cyber crime group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the data dump, which included, according to the hackers, names, addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, passwords and other personal information of Arizona police officers.
In a statement posted on the BitTorrent website the Pirate Bay, the hackers said they also obtained information on department spokesperson Stephen Harrison, who, the hackers claimed, had "been bragging to the news about how they are upgrading their security and how they will catch the evil hackers who exposed them."
In a press release, the Arizona Department of Public Safety referred to the hackers as a "cyber terrorism group," acknowledging that the group had accessed the personal email accounts of at least 11 department employees.
"We would like to make it clear that these intrusions have in no way affected public safety, or the ability of the agency to conduct its mission. The department’s mission is to protect the citizens of Arizona and we will continue to do so every day in a professional manner," the agency stated.
The hacker group claiming responsibility for this most recent attack is actually operating under the banner "AntiSec," an offshoot of Anonymous that allegedly includes members of the now-disbanded Lulz Security.
According to a statement from the group, AntiSec's objective is different from those of both LulzSec and Anonymous.
"It is our true belief that this movement has the capability to change the world. And should that fail, we will at least rock the world," the group stated.