http://tech.blorge.com/Structure: /...lando-scrooges/comment-page-1/#comment-318414 [NOTE: Unmodded Comments!] A hacker group, “Anonymous” has targeted several Orlando websites as retribution for the arrest of volunteers giving free food to the homeless in an Orlando park. The group, responsible for shutting down the websites of MasterCard and the Church of Scientology, has promised to continue the cyber attacks against Orlando websites as long as the arrests continue. According to The New York Times, Orlando passed an ordinance five years ago that prohibits feeding over 25 people in a public park without a permit and only two permits for the same park will be given per year. The ordinance was passed in response to the compaints of local businesses. The group, Orlando Food Not Bombs has been feeding the homeless vegan and vegetarian meals three times a week in Lake Eola Park, one of Orlando’s largest public parks. Beginning this past June, the Orlando police began arresting the volunteers serving food and have stated that they will continue to arrest volunteers who continue with serving food to the homeless. In response, Anonymous “declared a cyberwar” against the city of Orlando. They began with the websites for the local Fraternal Order of Police, the mayor’s re-election campaign and a leading redevelopment organization. The hackers have vowed to continue disrupting ten websites in Orlando each time arrests are made. Although the group Orlando Food Not Bombs has disavowed the actions of the Anonymous hackers and calls the “cyberwar” a distraction, Mr. Markeson, a member of the antipoverty group has stated: The Orlando mayor and City Council members had attempted to “criminalize poverty” by passing a series of ordinances intended to “hide the homeless.” “Mayor Dyer wants to hide the poor and the hungry people living in our community,” he said.The response from the Mayor Buddy Dyer’s spokesperson was predictably: “We will continue to enforce the city ordinance,” said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be identified out of a concern she would become a target of Anonymous. “We must continue to focus on what our Orlando residents want and not the desires of others from outside the communityIn response to the allegations that Orlando authorities were trying to hide the homeless and “criminalize poverty”, Mayor Dyer’s spokesperson responded: .”“Nothing could be further from the truth. The city has a strong relationship with our region’s homeless providers and will continue to dedicate resources and services that assist our homeless population.” Anonymous, although condemned by Orlando Food Not Bombs as a distraction seems to have entered the fray, welcomed or not, in an attempt to raise the visibility of the issue. Most assuredly, the mayor and city council approve of the antipoverty groups who provide services in designated locations. It seems the main sin of the Orlando Food Not Bombs group is to provide their services in such a way that the homeless are visible in a large group that disturbs the sensibilities of the more fortunate in the area.