Aug 6, 2011 12:01 PM by Chris Welty
LONDON (AP) - The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it has
hacked some 70 law enforcement websites across the southern and
central United States in retaliation for the arrests of its
sympathizers in the U.S. and Britain.
The group also claimed to have stolen 10 gigabytes of data,
including emails, credit card details, and other information from
local law enforcement bodies.
"We are releasing a massive amount of confidential information
that is sure to embarrass, discredit and incriminate police
officers across the U.S.," the group said in a statement, adding
that it hoped the leak would "demonstrate the inherently corrupt
nature of law enforcement using their own words" and "disrupt and
sabotage their ability to communicate and terrorize communities."
Anonymous' claims couldn't all be immediately verified, but a
review of the sites it claims to have targeted - mainly sheriffs"
offices in states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri,
and Mississippi - showed that most were unavailable or had been
wiped clean of content.
Most of the half dozen calls to various sheriff's offices across
the country went unanswered or weren't returned Saturday, but at
least one sheriff confirmed that law enforcement bodies had been
In the state of Arkansas, St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May
said his department and several others were targeted in retaliation
for the arrest of hackers who had targeted Apple Computer Inc.,
among other companies.
"It's an international group who are hacking into law
enforcement websites across the nation is my understanding," May
told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
May said the FBI was investigating the attacks.