Website Hacking

FBI agents arrested West New York (NJ) Mayor Felix Roque and his son Joseph, 22, for illegally canceling the domain name registration of

An insurgent political campaign in West New York, N.J., suddenly realized in February that its Web site had been disabled. The campaign was being run by opponents of the mayor, Dr. Felix Roque, and the Web site,, had been intended to rally support to recall him and collect information about what his critics described as his rampant mismanagement.

Mayor Roque, 55, who was elected last year, was encouraged by his 22-year-old son, Joseph Roque, to successfully gain access to the GoDaddy-hosted website and had successfully took it offline. The father and son duo then learned the identities of the site’s creators—several local public official and media personalities—whom he threatened to “punish” by way of Roque’s political power.

Father and son appeared, shackled at the hands and feet, in federal court in Newark on Thursday, where a judge told them that they face up to 11 years in prison and $600,000 in fines. They were released on $100,000 bond each, officials said.

Source: The New York Times