Hacker changes news releases on sheriff's Web site

The culprit may be someone who's angry about a new law that forbids talking on cell phones while driving, officials say.

Someone hacked into the Web site for the San Bernardino County sheriff's office in California and changed the wording on several news releases, forcing the agency to shut down the site last week, according to the Daily Bulletin.

One news release warning motorists about a DUI checkpoint in the nearby town of Highland was changed to read that officials wanted to "stick our big government schnoz into your private business, check your papers, and be sure you are toeing the line."

Also modified was a news release earlier this month with information about the law that takes effect in July that forbids people from talking on their cell phones while driving.

"I don't think that it's a joke to them, but they certainly want to send a message to the readers that they don't always agree with laws being changed," says sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Beavers.

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