Cleburne city computers hacked after dog-shooting video

Cleburne city computers hacked after dog-shooting video

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Cleburne’s mayor says hackers have been attacking the city’s computer systems since a video showing a city police officer fatally shooting a dog began circulating online this month.

Mayor Scott Cain said the computer systems have been under attack five times since the video began circulating Oct. 17.

He said three of the attacks have been on the city’s website and the other two were to the city’s internal server.

Cain said the city’s emergency dispatch services have not been affected by the attack and no personal information of residents has been breached.

“We don’t know who is launching the attacks but we are working with local and federal authorities to get to the bottom of this,” Cain said. “We are not going to put up with this.”

He said he believes the disrupting attacks are in response to the fatal shooting.

In the video from August, the officer was shown coaxing the dog toward him before shooting it.

The investigation into the shooting continues, Cain said. The city has asked other agencies, including the Texas Rangers, to investigate, and Cain has called the video disturbing.

About 70 protesters gathered last weekend in Cleburne to protest against the officer, whose name has not been released.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave. Police said he had been staying with his family out of state because of death threats.

The short video, taken from a body camera’s perspective, shows the officer holding a handgun while summoning two dogs toward him.

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