City of Ft. Lauderdale website under hack attack from Anonymous

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At least two of the city of Fort Lauderdale’s official websites are down following threats from the hacker group Anonymous regarding the South Florida city’s ban on feeding the homeless.

The websites and were both down Monday evening. In a video claimed to be posted by Anonymous earlier Monday, an unidentified person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and speaking with a digitally altered voice threatened to crash the websites if the city didn’t lift bans on panhandling at intersections, sleeping in public downtown and feeding the homeless.

Fort Lauderdale drew national attention last month after police cited a 90-year-old man and two pastors for feeding homeless people at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

City Manager Lee Feldman told The Associated Press Monday evening that officials were discussing the issue.

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