By Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post
Denver officials have asked the FBI, Denver police and Microsoft Corp.
to help them identify the person or people who have hacked into the
city's website twice in the past week.
Dave Joly, an FBI spokesman, confirmed a felony criminal investigation
has begun. Conviction of what the FBI terms a "defacement" of the Denver
Web page could carry between one and five years in prison, depending on
Joly said the FBI has not been notified of any other similar attacks on
municipal websites in Colorado.
The hacker did not get beyond the public Denvergov.org website to access
any internal files that may contain sensitive information, but officials
want to determine how the website is getting hacked so they can ensure
it doesn't happen again, said Eric Brown, a spokesman for Denver Mayor
"The security system in place is very good and thwarts nearly every
attack," Brown said Tuesday. "Last week and last night, someone was able
to get through the first layer."
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