The cyber-pests at LulzSec, a computer-hacker organization that recently hacked its way into the websites Fox.com and PBS.org, announced yesterday that its latest victim is right here in Arizona: the state's Department of Public Safety.
See our story on the hacking here.
The organization says it's "releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence" as well as the "names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement" in protest of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Trust us, we're thrilled to get a glimpse at whatever dirty, little secrets local law enforcement agencies may have tucked away in what once was the privacy of their work emails, but releasing personal information about cops to the general public could put their safety at risk.
Believe it or not, a lot of people don't like cops -- particularly those who've found themselves as guests of the state or county following a cop's investigation.
But the release of the information could also reveal some scandalous stuff, about which the public deserves to know.
We want to know what you think: are the LulzSec hackers heroes or hoodlums?
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