Monday, February 13, 2012

Boston Police Department responds to site hack with self-mocking video

It should be interesting to see what comes of this, as Anonymous certainly does not like to be mocked. The Boston Police Department saw its site hacked on Feb. 3, and it took the authorities a week to get it back online --- with a twist.

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On Feb. 3, 2012, at about 9 a.m. EST, the site, which provides news and information about the Boston police and crime in the area was hacked by Anonymous. In place of the regular site, visitors found the home page of the site emblazoned with an Antisec message and a video of rapper KRS-One performing his song "Sound of Da Police."

It wasn't a particularly heinous hack.

On Friday, the BPD brought the site back up, and brought it up with a vengeance, a humorous one. Not only did they bring the site back up, they produced a video to make fun of themselves. We'd guess this won't sit too well with Anonymous.

It's actually hilarious, as straight-faced BPD officers explain their reaction. Deputy Superintendent Colm Lydon said he was in Dunkin' Donuts when he first heard about the hack. Another said, "My reaction was, 'Why would anybody want to destroy a perfectly good KRS-One song?'"

A voiceover said, “In the days after the hacking, fans of the page struggled to make sense of a world without"

Lydon added that “Normally I sleep pretty well. But since the site went down, I haven’t slept a wink."

One officer said in Spanish, "I miss being able to read the site in 36 different languages."

The BPD was quite clear that the site is now safe. They asked the IT adminstration "Are you confident the issue has been addressed?" To that, he answered, "I'm confident the issue has been addressed."

As they video noted, though, there's no guarantee the site is up for good. Especially if Anonymous doesn't take kindly to the video. On the other hand, after the New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl, the city could use a good laugh.

Watch it.

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