Fort Lauderdale websites down, apparently hacked

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At least two of Fort Lauderdale’s official websites were down temporarily after threats from the hacker group Anonymous over the city’s ban on feeding the homeless.

The sites FortLauderdale.gov and FLPD.gov were offline for several hours Monday but back up later that evening. In a video claimed to be posted by Anonymous earlier Monday, an unidentified person wearing a mask and speaking with a digitally altered voice threatened to crash the sites 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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