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Akron website hacking still being investigated
City now estimates 35,000 taxpayer records were leaked

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
The City of Akron is still working to fix its website after a hacking attack last week fished-out thousands of city income tax records. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
Akron website hacking still being investigated

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The Turkish Hacking and Security Platform took responsibility via Twitter for the attack. 
Akron estimates that about 35,000 people had their personal information hacked. The records come from anyone who filed 2012 local taxes online – either Akron residents or people who worked in the city.

Akron spokesman Rick Schmahl says the city’s IT team is working to restore the website while closing any loopholes. 

“We’ve disconnected any forms on the website that have back-end databases. It disables functionality out of the website. Until we analyze and re-code some pages and find out how to mitigate it and keep it from happening in the future, we’re going to keep those back-end databases disconnected from the website.”

Schmahl says the city has been in frequent contact with the FBI, since it and other government sites -- such as the Mobile, Ala., Police Department -- were also hacked. 
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