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Hacking Keeps Boston Police Website Offline for Second Day

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Police Department’s website remains offline for the second day in a row after members of the hacking collective Anonymous defaced it.

People trying to access the website were redirected to the department’s Facebook page Saturday, a day after the hackers posted rapper KRS-One “Sound of Da Police” music video that criticizes police brutality.

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

A police spokeswoman on Saturday declined to say why the website has not been restored and refused to discuss measures authorities were taking to bolster the site.

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

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