A group of online hackers says it has gained access to more than 70 law enforcement agency websites in the United States, obtaining emails, credit card information and other sensitive data in retaliation for the arrests of alleged members in the U.S. and England, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The group, called AntiSec, said it had breached sensitive data from agencies in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.
The group launched similar attacks against law enforcement in Arizona in June.
“A week after we defaced and destroyed the websites of over 70 law enforcement agencies, we are releasing a massive amount of confidential information that is sure to embarass, discredit and incriminate police officers across the US,” AntiSec said in a statement posted on a file-sharing site where it has previously released stolen material. Jake Davis, an 18-year-old suspected to be a hacker affiliated with Anonymous and LulzSec, was arrested July 31 in London. Scotland Yard has said it believes Davis is “Topiary,” a hacker who has acted as a spokesman for the groups.