‘Anonymous’ Hackers Claim Attack On American Tear Gas Company

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A protester. wearing an Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask and holding a placard, takes part in a demonstration against controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)(credit: Hrvoje Polan/AFP/Getty Images)

A protester. wearing an Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask and holding a placard, takes part in a demonstration against controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)(credit: Hrvoje Polan/AFP/Getty Images)

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LONDON (AP) — Hackers loyal to the Anonymous movement say they’ve broken into the website of a U.S. tear gas company whose ammunition has been used against demonstrators in Egypt and elsewhere.

In an Internet statement, the hackers alleged Combined Systems are war profiteers who sell “mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world.”

The hackers also claimed to have stolen and published personal information belonging to clients and employees of the Jamestown, Pennsylvania-based firm.

The claims couldn’t immediately be verified.

The website for Combined Systems Inc. was down Tuesday. Messages to the site’s administrative staff were not immediately returned ahead of business hours.

Anonymous has claimed a series of Web attacks worldwide.

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