City officials monitor websites, cyber attack

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – City officials are on alert. They’re bracing for a potential cyber attack by a well-known group named “Anonymous.”

According to some claiming affiliations with the group, the attack was supposed to be carried out Saturday night.

The “hacktivist” group has taken down big banking and government websites in the past. But as of 10 p.m. Saturday, it appeared there had only been a minor hiccup.

“Anonymous” released a YouTube video earlier in the week. In it, they demanded action for the fatal foothills shooting of James Boyd by Albuquerque Police.

The video links viewers to software they can download to harm two of the city’s websites.

Everything seems to be working just fine on both of those sites.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the city and so far, the chief information officer reports one temporary disruption to the city’s website although they can’t confirm the cause.

City officials say they are taking these threats seriously, however. They’ve even reached out to the feds for support.

They also appear to have taken down APD’s Facebook in response to the threat. The department’s Twitter page is up, but hasn’t been updated in days.

At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, one “Anonymous” Twitter feed posted a “cease fire” against APD, but said people could still try to attack the websites.

“Anonymous” is also looking to rally people for yet another protest against APD. The group is calling for crowds to march on police headquarters Sunday afternoon.

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