CHICAGO: Hackers crashed the city of Chicago’s website today as activists gathered to march in protest against President Barack Obama’s meeting with world leaders at the city’s NATO summit.
The office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed the attack on the site as prosecutors charged two more men in connection with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization gathering -- Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, for falsely making a terrorist threat and Mark Neiweem, 28, with attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices.
Prosecutors said the allegations against the two men, both of Chicago, were separate from charges announced yesterday against three others accused of coming to the city to commit “criminal acts relating to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of explosives.”
Pete Scales, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, confirmed the hacking of the local government site, which was intermittently available as of 1 p.m. local time. “We are aware of the issue with the city’s website and are working with appropriate federal authorities to address the situation,” Scales said.
Cook County Criminal Court Judge Israel Desierto set bond at $750,000 for Senakiewicz and $500,000 for Neiweem.
Senakiewicz was described by Assistant States Attorney Patrick Morley as a native of Poland who has “indicated he is an anarchist.”
Morley said Senakiewicz claimed he was hiding explosives in the center of hollowed-out Harry Potter books that had delayed detonation devices capable of destroying a railroad bridge. (yus)
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