Hackers take over Boston police website

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BOSTON (AP) — The hacking collective Anonymous is claiming credit for defacing the Boston Police Department’s website.

A message posted Friday said, “Anonymous hacks Boston Police website in retaliation for police brutality at OWS.” That’s apparently a reference to Occupy Wall Street.

Police are working to restore the website. A police spokesman would not confirm Anonymous was responsible. The website was replaced by another site called “antisec.”

Boston’s Occupy movement set up camp in the city’s financial district for two months this fall. Police dismantled the camp Dec. 10, citing public health and safety concerns.

Anonymous is a collection of Internet enthusiasts, pranksters and activists whose targets have included financial Visa and MasterCard, the Church of Scientology and law enforcement agencies.