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article imageAnonymous-linked hactivists attacked City of Chicago websites

By Anne Sewell     May 21, 2012 in Internet
Chicago - It wasn't only the physical protesters targeting Chicago yesterday. Anonymous-related hacktivists also did their part by taking down the CPD's website and the City of Chicago's website.
RT reports that authorities are looking into whether the City of Chicago website was taken down in yesterday's cyber strike.
The Anonymous-related hacktivists have claimed to have taken down the website of the Chicago Police Department in relaliation for police violence against peaceful protesters during the anti-NATO protests.
The group state on their Twitter page that they "do not claim to represent Anonymous or AntiSec as a whole, for we are one small piece to the puzzle."
The hacktivists stated that their attack is in response to the NATO Summit currently running in Chicago and that “NATO protests had already reached a boiling point.”
Mashable reports that the group had stated: “We are actively engaged in actions against the Chicago Police Department, and encourage anyone to take up the cause and use the AntiS3curityOPS Anonymous banner. For those able, chicagopolice.org should be fired upon as much as possible. We are in your harbor Chicago, and you will not forget us.”
NBC reports are that at around 11:10 a.m. Chicago time, the CPD website, cityofchicago.org/police and the main Internet portal for the city, cityofcity.org were both down.
Around this time, the hacktivists tweeted, “TANGO DOWN – City of Chicago govt AND Police Dept taken offline | http://www.cityofchicago.org/ http://www.chicagopolice.org/ #Anonymous #NoNATO #NATO #OWS.”
The attack also briefly affected Chicago's Office of Emergency Management, which is hosted on the City of Chicago website.
City officials stated, “We are aware of the potential issue of the City of Chicago website and are working with the appropriate federal authorities to address the situation.”
Apparently all websites are now up and running again.
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