CBS Chicago is starting to confirm that the Chicago Police Department’s website has been hacked and taken offline:
Authorities are investigating whether the City Of Chicago’s website is under a cyber attack, CBS 2 has learned.
The main portal to cityofchicago.org was not accessible Sunday morning.
“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,” Office Of Emergency Management and Communications spokesman Pete Scales said.
A posting on the website cyberwarnews.info, explains the hacking group called Anonymous started an “an operation toward the Chicago police department and its websites.”
According to a Chicago Police citizen blogger, Second City Cop, who posted on May 17, the department has been dealing with a “virus waring” for a number of days:
We’ve been informed about “virus warning” type windows popping up on the Department computers lately. We’re told it occurs dozens of times during the processing of a simple arrest.
Guess what happened? And guess who predicted it?NATO protestors have infiltrated the CPD computers with a worm that is wreaking havoc across the board.
35th Street and OEMC are in a full panic. The entire Department Intranet is in danger of a meltdown on an unimaginable scale, just in time for a potential “mass arrest” situation this weekend that would bring the Department to a grinding halt.
(from our e-mail)Did you see that latest AdMin Fax that told everyone to change their passwords if they haven’t been altered in a few years and that efforts were underway to have passwords changed every 90 days? That gaping security risk, pointed out by SCC readers almost a year ago, is coming home to roost. Good thing CPD trimmed the in-house I.T. people and never spent the money/effort on a decent internet security protocol.