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SLCPD website hacked by activist group

The Salt Lake Police Department’s website has been hacked by the activist group “Anonymous” forcing a temporary shutdown on Tuesday afternoon.
The Salt Lake Police Department’s website has been hacked by the activist group “Anonymous” forcing a temporary shutdown on Tuesday afternoon.

Anonymous said it targeted the police department in response to State Sen. Karen Mayne’s sponsorship of an anti-graffiti paraphernalia bill.

Mayne issued the following statement on the hacking attack: “SB 107 is now on the floor of the Utah Senate, and will make its way through the legislative process. It is up to the Utah Legislature to determine the fate of this bill.”

Mayne’s bill would make possession of graffiti tools a class B misdemeanor, if the person intended to vandalize property. The State Senate floor will hear this bill on Wednesday.

Hackers obtained what only appear to be email addresses of people who signed up for the department press releases or daily new stories.

“Our first concern has been making sure that we know exactly the type of information they obtained and we are fixing any loop holes. And then we are seeking prosecution.” states Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson.

The website, ww.slpd.com, internally will not affect the department but will be shut down temporarily to the public for an undetermined amount of time as a precaution adds Josephson.

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