Sunday, May 20, 2012
Chicago Officials: City websites have been hacked
Police officials said today they have confirmed the city of Chicago website has been hacked.
Federal authorities and Chicago police are investigating the attack and don't know the extent of it, according to a source familiar with the incident.
Authorities also exploring whether the city attacks are linked to a threat to hack NATO's website in Europe.
Hackers have been claiming credit for bringing down the cityofchicago.org site and the chicagopolice.org site, according to Twitter feeds this morning.
"We are aware of the potential issue with the city's website and are working with the appropriate federal authorities to address the situation," said Pete Scales, a spokesman for the city.
A group using the name antis3curityops sent out a message on Twitter at 6:17 a.m. directing people to “fire” on chicagopolice.org and chicagoseargeants.org. As of 11:40 a.m. only chicagopolice.org appeared to be unresponsive.
A Twitter user who claims affiliation with Anonymous, an international hacker community, tweeted a little later "Tango Down," with a link to cityofchicago.org -- shorthand used on the Internet to indicate a site has been hacked or targeted. That site was also unresponsive as of noon.
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