After Anonymous Hacking, Boston Cops Release Quirky Video

Police officers doing some dead-serious deadpan.

By Daniel Arkin
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:58 AM EDT
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The international anarchist-activist group Anonymous, which uses the iconic Guy Fawkes mask as an insignia, recently defaced the Boston Police Department website.

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The Boston Police Department tipped a hat to comedy nerds everywhere with an archly ironic video uploaded to YouTube last week that pays homage to Christopher Guest mockumentaries and "The Office."

The video, uploaded on Feb. 8, is a response to an incident that made headlines earlier this month. On Feb. 3, the international anarchist-activist group Anonymous hacked a Boston Police Department website after alleged police brutality at the Occupy Boston encampment. "Hacktivists" associated with the digital protest movement replaced normal BPDNews.com home page content with expletive-laden red text and video of rapper KRS-One performing "Sound of Da Police." 

Now, the BPD is retaliating in a deadpan fashion more in keeping with David Letterman than tough-as-nails Boston cops. 

With stone faces sure to make Buster Keaton fans smirk, police officers featured in the short clip address the website defacement, which left the department befuddled and "dismayed."

"Why would anyone want to destroy a perfectly good KRS-One song?" one cop earnestly asks. The footage is intercut with glimpses of the "Sound of Da Police" music video.

"Normally I sleep pretty well," another officer says. "But since the site went down, I haven't slept a wink." (Irony, people!)

The video's quirkiest moment comes during a chat with the department's "computer guru," Chao Lin. 

"Are you confident the issue has been addressed?" the camera operator asks.

"I am confident the issue has been addressed," Lin says in a decidedly flat affect.

BPD officers and their Frank Drebin impersonators aside, Anomymous have waged similar cyber campaigns against the CIA website, the FBI phone system, and the personal email account owned by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is unlikely to respond with an ironic video of his own. (More irony, people!)

The BPD has confirmed that their website is back to normal.

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