AUSTIN — The FBI is investigating allegations that Internet hackers deliberately sabotaged Gov. Rick Perry's campaign Web site during a re-election announcement last week, several Republicans with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press.
At least two FBI agents specializing in high-tech crimes met with Perry campaign officials on Friday to discuss the incident, which disrupted the governor's live streaming video via the Internet from a closed San Antonio event, the Republicans with knowledge of the investigation said.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation.
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Antonio did not immediately return calls for comment Sunday.
Mark Miner, a spokesman for the Perry campaign, issued a brief statement to the AP when asked if the FBI was investigating the alleged cyber attack.
“The matter has been turned over to the appropriate federal authorities for investigation,” he said. Miner declined to elaborate on any contact between the GOP governor's campaign and federal law enforcement. But he repeated his assertion that what happened last Tuesday was not an accident.
“It's too early to point fingers, but we know it was done intentionally,” Miner said.
Federal law governing “fraud and related activity in connection with computers” makes it a crime to intentionally hack into secure computer networks and cause damage.
The punk kids or sophisticated hackers who did this might just be found out afterall.... Kay's peeps had better hope they have absolutely nothing to do with this or they are looking at more stories like the "Rick Perry gay" keyword stuffing story over the summer. Only this one will be a criminal investigation and probably bigger national news.