Akron: City contacting 8,000 affected by website hacking

12:04 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- City officials have determined whose information was "compromised" and have contacted by email those individuals whose information was compromised.

Mayor Don Plusquellic now says the cyber attackers who hacked into the City of Akron's computer network Thursday, created a list of nearly 8,000 taxpayers' names, addresses and Social Security numbers, posted this information on the internet

Officials said that if you do not get notification and you want to confirm whether your information was compromised, you can call 3-1-1 (330-375-2311 from a mobile phone) or the city's income tax office at 330-375-2290.

Thursday afternoon, a cyber-attack was launched against networks across Summit County, including the City of Akron.

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According to officials, the attackers infiltrated the City of Akron's computer network through its system of firewalls, intrusion protection systems, and virus protection software.

The City immediately contacted the FBI Cybercrimes division.  They have been assisting in analyzing what happened and how.

Officials say it is clear that the cyber attackers -- a group named Turkish Ajan -- accessed a section of the City's taxpayer files and created a list of nearly 8,000 taxpayers' names, addresses and social security numbers, and posted this information on the internet.

If you are on the list of individuals whose information was released, the FBI recommends that at this point, you monitor all your financial accounts very carefully until we have more information.

In the meantime, here are some resources to help you protect your credit:

  • The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit agency in San Diego, offers free victim assistance at 888-400-5530 or online at www.idtheftcenter.org
  • The Ohio Attorney General's Consumer Identity Theft Unit can assist consumers after they've been ID theft victims by helping them straighten out accounts. Also, the office can provide a self-help assistance guide. A police report must be filed. Call 800-282-0515 or go online to www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov
  • Your Homeowner's Insurance may include ID theft coverage.  If not, you may be able to add that coverage You can also contact one of the Credit Report services and put a freeze on your credit: Equifax: 800-685-1111 (Option 3), Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 or www.equifax.com      Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742), Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen TX 75013 or www.experian.com      TransUnion: 888-909-8872, TransUnion, Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834 or www.transunion.com

"No matter how sound a network security is, rogue groups continually look for ways to attack networks," said Plusquellic.  "We are doing all we can to minimize the impact of this attack.  I encourage all of our citizens to please be diligent in monitoring your accounts while we continue our investigation with the FBI."


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