In New Jersey, the Mayor of the smallish town of West New York was arrested along with his son for allegedly hacking into the email accounts and website of his opponents’ who are trying to recall him.
West New York Mayor Felix Roque was arrested this morning by the FBI on charges of illegally hacking into a website associated with a recall movement, while attempting to tap into e-mails to find who might be plotting against him.
The alleged hacking began in February, when Joseph Roque was able to access the e-mail account of one of the recall organizers and used that to hack into Go Daddy, the internet service provider that was hosting the website www.recallroque.com. Prosecutors say he then cancelled the account without authorization, taking it down.
The next day, the mayor is charged with making a phone call to another individual associated with the recall movement with the intent of harassing him, telling him that he was aware that he had contributed information to the website.
Local politics is a very serious and important thing, but you have to put it in perspective.
Your office is never, ever worth the risk of doing something stupid like hacking into your opponent’s email accounts, as Roque is alleged to have done.
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