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City of Akron website hacked for taxpayer info
8,000 city residents who e-filed 2012 taxes had names, addresses posted online
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
The City of Akron is working with the FBI to determine how much information hackers obtained in an attack on the city’s website.
A group calling itself "The Turkish Hacking and Security Platform" took responsibility via Twitter for yesterday's cyber-attack, which also hit municipal websites throughout the US.
Akron spokesman Rick Merolla says the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of 8,000 Akron residents who filed their 2012 taxes electronically was posted online. The FBI was called in right away.
Akron’s IT experts initially noticed the attack yesterday and are still working to repair the breach.
Resources for protecting your online identity are available here.
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