The City of Fort Lauderdale located in United States. of Florida has spent $430,000 to increase there security networks as last year (2014) on 1st December, Anonymous hacker took down their websites and stayed down till the evening.
Official’s of the City says that it wasn’t Anonymous attacks that made them spend $430k on upgrading there security networks as they were planning on doing it anyway.
Anonymous Hackers attacked the city’s main website (fortlauderdale.gov) and the Fort Lauderdale PD’s website (flpd.org) by DDos attack (distributed denial-of-service) which damaged the website systems and officials had to shut down the website for couple of hours
Anonymous also launched a Video in YouTube were a Guy Fawkes mask demanded that the city drop the three controversial ordinances in the next 24 hours.
“It has come to our attention that Mayor John P. Seiler has become an embarrassment to the good law-abiding citizens of Fort Lauderdale, You should have expected us, Mayor John Seiler.” ANONYMOUS.
After upgrading the officials thinks that it will be able to hold on most of the other cyber attacks in future
“Certainly, Anonymous probably expedited the work that needed to be done and probably exposed some areas that needed to be addressed,” Seiler tells a website. “I wouldn’t say that [the expense] was all tied to Anonymous in any way, shape, or form.”
Website Sentinel says:
City manager Lee Feldman broke down the emergency expenses: $366,989 for specialized security consulting and oversight services; $45,398 for software licenses to manage and control computer activities; and $17,907 for hardware to strengthen the computer infrastructure.