Hackers claim attack on Ala. government websites

Published: Feb. 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM CST
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Anonymous claims it broke into several Alabama government websites.
Anonymous claims it broke into several Alabama government websites.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The computer hacker group known as Anonymous claimed it broke into several Alabama law enforcement and government websites.

In an online news release Friday, the group said it stole the personal information of more than 46,000 Alabama citizens. The information includes Social Security numbers, license plate numbers, criminal records and phone numbers.

The group said the attack was prompted by Alabama's "racist legislation" targeting immigrants. Alabama's recently-passed immigration law is among the toughest crackdowns nationwide on illegal immigrants.

Hackers said they will not use the personal information for any ill intentions.

"We are aware of the current situation regarding individual (s) claiming responsibility for hacking into a State of Alabama's public website," said Alabama Department of Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier. "This is an ongoing investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and any further comment would be premature at this time."

Copyright 2012 WAFF. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.