Members of the group said they were hacking into the law enforcement websites, most located in the Southern and Central portions of the U.S., in retaliation for arrests of its members in the U.S. and Europe last month. According to the Associated Press, the group said in a statement:
“We are releasing a massive amount of confidential information that is sure to (embarrass), discredit and incriminate police officers across the US,” 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.”
The group was apparently following through on a joint statement it issued last month along with members of another hacking group known as LulzSec:
“These governments and corporations are our enemy,” the statement said. “And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.”
Anonymous and others have become significantly more successful at breaking into websites in the past few months, targeting such sites as PayPal, the CIA, the U.S. Senate’s site, Sony’s PlayStation Network and Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper.