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'Anonymous' hacking threat is credible, Fullerton police say

August 14, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Screenshot of Anonymous YouTube video

The Fullerton Police Department said warnings that the hacker-activist group Anonymous would attack the department's website represent a "credible threat."

The hackers vowed to attack the police website in response to the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas during a confrontation with officers.

Police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said Sunday that the department has reached out to the "appropriate authorities" to deal with the hacking threat. The website seems to be working fine now, Goodrich said.

The city said Saturday night it had deployed its information technology staff to secure computers and electronic communications and monitor the systems for any intrusions. No sabotage or disruptions had been reported, Goodrich said.

"Like most municipalities we are very electronically integrated and have a significant number of computers and computer systems,"  Goodrich said. "It's definitely something we are taking seriously and doing everything we can to make sure our facilities are secure."

In a letter sent to the police department and distributed on the Internet, Anonymous said "Operation Fullerton" would avenge the death of Thomas by treating the department's technology systems "with as much mercy as was shown Kelly Thomas."

"This is not just a brutal attack against another human being, but an attack against human rights," the rambling letter says, demanding the prosecution of the five Fullerton officers reportedly involved in the beating of Thomas during a routine check on a car break-in report.


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Image: Screenshot of Anonymous YouTube video.