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Columbia officials investigate hacker attack

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Columbia officials have talked to the FBI after a hacker attack shut down the city's website.

Deputy city manager Tony St. Romaine says an online post said the group Anonymous was taking credit for the attack, which started Wednesday. But he told the Columbia Tribune (http://bit.ly/146wsaO) that he can't be certain the loosely organized network of activist hackers is to blame.

The online post in the Counter Current News said Columbia's website was targeted after the hackers learned of a video of a February 2010 SWAT team raid of a man's home. The SWAT team found a misdemeanor amount of marijuana and shot two dogs in the home, killing one.

Release of the video sparked outrage and spurred changes in police policies and procedures.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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