- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The shared website for the city of Oakland and its police department was offline intermittently Wednesday, and the hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility.

Visitors to the website were met with various errors messages, including the “server is too busy to handle requests.”

Various Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous claimed responsibility, saying the hack was in response to officers firing nonlethal projectiles Tuesday night at protesters demonstrating against police brutality in Oakland. One protester was struck in the head and injured.

Police and city officials didn’t return phone calls Wednesday.

The Oakland Tribune reported Wednesday (https://tinyurl.com/n7mvtz4) that city technicians are working to get the site back online. A city spokeswoman told the Tribune that the cause of the server crash is unknown.

Members of Anonymous appear at various protests across the country, often wearing masks of the English anti-hero Guy Fawkes. The group has involved itself deeply in the various protests against police brutality that began after a grand jury declined to criminally charge a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer for shooting to death an unarmed black man.

Anonymous has published personal information online of police officers, politicians and others viewed as hostile to the group’s aims.

The group shut down the website of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in 2011 to protest the shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man shot to death by BART officer Johannes Mehserle.


Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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