On 15 April 1996, a group of hackers hacked the main line that direct callers to New York Police Department 76th precinct and changed the standard recording with the following message:

You have reached the New York City Police Department. For any real emergencies, dial 911. Anyone else – we’re a little busy right now eating some donuts and having coffee.

The recording continues, “You can just hold the line. We’ll get back to you. We’re a little slow, if you know what I mean. Thank you.”

It took them twelve hours to fix the issue.

– New York Post, 16 April 1996


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