Anonymous isn’t hesitating to pick up where LulzSec left off. The group recently hit media companies, Viacom and Universal Music and released some of what they acquired to their adoring public.
After LulzSec retired it seemed that Anonymous was rising up to fill their shoes, immediately dropping a dump of information including an “anti-cyberterrorism” manual said to have been written by FEMA. Now Anonymous has released a bunch of information obtained in a recent breach of both Viacom and Universal Music.
The release, which was linked to in the group’s twitter feed, contained some user names, passwords, company information, and application data from Universal Music. The Viacom data was largely less interesting, mostly containing server information. This particular release isn’t as ridiculous as the 62,000 passwords and user names released by LulzSec before they faded away, but Anonymous followed it up with something far more sinister.
Before LulzSec departed they released a large portion of data about Arizona law enforcement, calling the release “Chinga La Migra.” Well, it looks like Anonymous took up part 2 of that operation releasing a huge dump of information that, they claim, includes social security numbers, pictures of girlfriends, and other personal information about Arizona Border Police members.
Anonymous released a statement along with the data saying:
“In this second bulletin, we’re dumping booty pirated from a dozen Arizona police officer’s personal email accounts looking specifically for humiliating dirt. This leak has names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, social security numbers, online dating account info, voicemails, chat logs, and seductive girlfriend pictures belonging to a dozen Arizona police officers. We found more internal police reports, cops forwarding racist chain emails, k9 drug unit cops who use percocets, and a convicted sex offender who was part of FOP Maricopa Lodge Five.
We also hit the AZDPS spokesperson Stephen Harrison who been bragging to the news about how they are upgrading their security and how they will catch the evil hackers who exposed them. Clearly not secure enough, because we owned his personal hotmail, facebook and match.com accounts and dumped all his personal details for the world to see. The same fate will meet anyone else who tries to paint us as terrorists in an Orwellian attempt to pass more pro-censorship or racial-profiling police state laws.”
It seems that Anonymous is driven by a specific political motivator for this cause. Another part of the release is worded strongly promising more targets,
“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.”
This release by Anonymous certainly takes a different tone than all of the light ones previously released by LulzSec. Anonymous is clearly on a rampage for this particular cause which means more breaches in the near future.