Hacktivists claim takedown of Chicago police Web site

Anonymous group AntiS3curityOPS says action is in retaliation for alleged police brutality committed during protests against NATO summit.

Hacktivists from the online group Anonymous claim to have taken down the Chicago Police Department's Web site in the wake of violent clashes between the police and protesters.

Members of AntiS3curityOPS, which claims to be affiliated with Anonymous, posted a video on YouTube taking credit for a hacking that allegedly brought down the page and accusing Chicago police of brutality during clashes Saturday night with protesters, who were demonstrating against the NATO summit discussing the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

"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," according to a transcript of the video, which is not longer available, as quoted by Mashable. "We are in your harbor Chicago, and you will not forget us."

While the page is online, visitors are greeted with an error message telling them "The page you are looking for on the City of Chicago website is no longer available or cannot be found. Our support staff has been notified and will investigate the issue for this page."

Chicago police say they are investigating a confrontation Saturday night in which a protester was injured when a police van sped away from a group of protesters.

 

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