The Chicago Police Department has reportedly been hacked in advance of the NATO Summit in the city this weekend. Thousands of protesters are expected to show up, and the police are bracing themselves for riots. Why travel to Chicago when you can protest from the comfort of your home?
Chicago's foremost police blog, Second City Cop, reports:
NATO protestors have infiltrated the CPD computers with a worm that is wreaking havoc across the board. 35th Street and OEMC are in a full panic. The entire Department Intranet is in danger of a meltdown on an unimaginable scale, just in time for a potential "mass arrest" situation this weekend that would bring the Department to a grinding halt. (from our e-mail)
Second City Cop cites multiple reports that CPD computer systems have been so hamstrung that processing a simple arrests can be infuriating difficult.
The Chicago Police Department has been preparing since last year for what many are predicting will be a maelstrom on the scale of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. There have been multiple training sessions for the police about riot formations and the department invested in two $20,000 long-range acoustic cannons capable of blowing out the eardrums of any rowdy protesters.