Hacker group targets San Marcos PD and city websites

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – The City of San Marcos and San Marcos Police Department websites have been taken down due to security threats. A YouTube video posted Monday night by someone called BitCoin Baron is claiming responsibility. That person says the hacks are in response to a Texas State student who says a police officer assaulted her in 2013.

Last year, Alexis Alpha filed a lawsuit against the police department. She accused former police Officer James Palermo of leaving her with broken teeth in a 2013 incident where he illegally detained the woman and threw her against the pavement following a traffic stop.

Palermo was eventually charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury by a public servant. He was placed on administrative leave before being put on indefinite suspension in August 2013.

San Marcos police call it old news and say the hackers must have missed the memo.

“They missed the part where he was fired,” said Asst. Chief Bob Kleet. “They missed the part where we filed charges against him, they missed the part where he was arrested. All these things they were demanding on our Facebook page, we’ve already done.”

Currently, Palermo has reached a plea agreement with the Hays County District Attorney stating that he permanently surrender his peace officer’s license.

“The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Police Department takes these threats very seriously,” said police chief Chase Stapp. “The department not only took action against Palermo, but also initiated the action. We are here to protect and serve our community and we did everything within our legal authority to ensure that Palermo was punished for his actions.”

The city says it is working with Vision Internet to reinforce the site’s security and get it back up and running.

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