[ISN] FBI Busts Mayor For Hacking Recall Website

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 03:19:41 -0500 (CDT)

By Mathew J. Schwartz
May 29, 2012

The FBI last week arrested the mayor of the northern New Jersey town of 
West New York (population 50,000), together with his son, on charges of 
hacking into a website--and a related email account--that called for the 
mayor's recall.

The men behind the alleged hack attack--Felix Roque, 55, and Joseph 
Roque, 22--have been charged with gaining unauthorized access, causing 
damage to protected computers, and conspiracy to commit those crimes. If 
convicted of all charges, they each face up to 11 years in prison and 
fines of up to $750,000.

As first quipped by Mashable.com, the alleged attacks give new meaning 
to the term "political hack."

The allegedly hacked website, www.recallroque.com, was created in early 
February 2012 by an anonymous public official who lives in Hudson 
County, N.J., who's referred to in court documents as "Victim 1." The 
now-defunct recall campaign website, which was hosted by GoDaddy.com, 
offered pointed commentary and criticism of Mayor Roque and his 


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