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Akron website fix expanding
Outside company will do testing, and FBI says more municipalities were hit by Turkish groups

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
The city of Akron’s website repair is moving ahead, even as the scope of the project keeps expanding.

A Turkish group claimed responsibility for a hacking attack more than two weeks ago, leaking thousands of taxpayer records online.

Several databases remain off-line during the repairs, including tax information, community-event listings and news releases. An outside company will also be testing the site’s security firewall.

Akron spokesman Rick Schmahl says he can’t comment on the FBI investigation, but says it’s moving ahead after a meeting last week.
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“It's not just Akron. There have been other municipalities and agencies around the country that have been hit. The one that was publicized most recently was Lansing, Michigan. They're treating it as more than just Akron. They've brought in a lot of national resources and are getting a lot of cooperation from other countries as well."

Schmahl expects the site to be ready to collect the next round of income taxes for the city, which are due June 15.

Akron has been in contact with several credit-reporting agencies to provide free or expedited assistance to anyone affected

Experian on Refunds and Free Credit Freezes

Consumers wishing to get a free credit freeze or to get a refund from the credit agency Experian can call (800) 232-8081.

Experian can add a freeze, or if you've already paid for a freeze, Experian will help with the refund.

You can also get a free copy of your credit report and can request a free credit freeze by writing:

P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX  75013

You must include:

1. Complete identification information (including Social Security number and date of birth)
2. Complete addresses for the past two years
3. Reference the Akron breach and the request to add a freeze or receive a refund

Those asking for refunds must supply the above three pieces of information and provide the credit card number used to purchase the freeze, or (if paying by check) a front and back copy of the check.

Ohio Attorney General's office... tips for security breach victims:
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