Cruel hoax: Call to officer’s wife wrongly claims he was killed
BY FRANK MAIN AND NATASHA KORECKI Staff Reporters May 21, 2012 7:22PM
Hackers have obtained the names and star numbers of every Chicago Police officer, a police source said. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 21, 2012 9:36PM
In a cruel hoax, someone called a Chicago police supervisor’s wife on Monday and said her husband had been shot to death — although he hadn’t, a police source said.
The person then “called back to say they were coming to kill her,” the source said.
The supervisor had been involved in media interviews discussing the police department’s NATO Summit protection, and authorities suspect the threat was related to his presence in the media.
Investigators are trying to find out who made the call. The police source initially linked the threat to a cyber attack on the city’s website, saying information about officers was feared stolen in the attack.
But a top official at the city’s 911 Center said no link had been made between the attack and the threat.
Meanwhile, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and the Chicago Police are all investigating the cyber attack, a separate source said.
The website — cityofchicago.org — was down around 10 a.m. Sunday, but sections of the site were running again, at least intermittently, shortly afterward. The site was fully operational at 1 p.m., officials said.
On cyberwarnews.info, a YouTube video was posted saying an operation was launched against the Chicago Police Department and its websites.
The group called itself AntiS3curityOPS and referenced the cyber-activists known as Anonymous.
In the runup to the NATO Summit, federal authorities braced for some kind of cyber attack in Chicago.
The FBI, Secret Service and Chicago Police responded immediately on Sunday, working under the theory that it was a cyber attack by Anonymous, a source said.