News: UPDATE: Boston Police Respond To KRS-One Computer Hackers [Video]

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Just over a week after a Boston police department had its website attacked by computer hackers who posted KRS-One's "Sound of Da Police" on its homepage, the crew of local authorities have responded.

Posted on YouTube, the Boston police have responded with a satirical video.

With rapper KRS-One's now all-too-familiar "Sound of Da Police" music video intermittently popping up, Boston Police officers satirically discuss the "emotional trauma" they felt after the police department's website, BPDNews.com, was hacked last Friday, in a light-hearted, video comeback of sorts at the hacking group "Anonymous." "Normally, I sleep pretty well, but since the site went down, I haven't slept a wink," one officer says with a straight face in the YouTube video that was posted on the department's Facebook page at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Another officer claims to have heard news of the hacking at - where else - Dunkin' Donuts. A serious-voiced narrator also chimes in: "In the days after the hacking, fans of the page struggled to make sense of a world without BPDNews.com." (South End Patch)

Details of the website's hacking hit the Internet last week.

The Boston Police Department's website remained offline for the second day after members of the hacking collective Anonymous defaced it. People trying to access it yesterday were redirected to the department's Facebook page, a day after the hackers posted rapper KRS-One's "Sound of Da Police'' video, which criticizes police brutality. A police spokeswoman yesterday declined to discuss why the website has not been restored. (Boston Globe)

Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll addressed the hacking a few days ago.

"It is unfortunate that someone would go to this extent to compromise BPDNews.com, a helpful and informative public safety resource utilized daily by community members seeking up-to-date news and information about important safety matters," a statement from the department read in part. (Statement)

Speculation suggested the cyber attack was in relation to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The public information website BPDNews.com was hacked to display the message, "ANONYMOUS HACKS BOSTON POLICE WEBSITE IN RETALIATION FOR POLICE BRUTALITY AT OWS," the Boston Globe reported. "Do you remember a few months ago when #antisec attaked [sic] the Boston Police and released hundreds of passwords in retaliation for the brutality against Occupy Boston? They clearly ignored our warnings," the site said. "So you get your kicks beating protesters? That's OK; we get kicks defacing ... your websites -- again." (My Fox Boston)

Check out the Boston police department response below:

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