The hacker group LulzSec promised a big "payload" would be delivered on Friday, but it hit Twitter at just before 7 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday--which would have made it midnight in the United Kingdom. "Presenting Chinga La Migra <link>" reads the announcement on Twitter, a phrase the Internet tells us translates roughly as "fuck the border patrol" in English. The new project targets border patrol activities with a release of Arizona police documents related to border control and described in an announcement as "law enforcement sensitive," "not for public distribution," and "for official use only." They include "hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement."
LulzSec was very clear about why they chose this topic: "We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."
The group promises future releases of information just like this as a part of a collaboration between LulzSec and Anonymous called "AntiSec." They wrote in the announcement:
Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarassing personal details of military and law enforcement in an effort not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust "war on drugs". Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world.
As anticipated, the newly activist angle for LulzSec seems less focused on doing this "just for laughs" as they previously claimed. The timing of the drop also indicates that the group might not be U.S. based, but rather, somewhere in the Greenwich Mean time zone. We're not really investigating, but the police are. And they're having a hard time, too.