A cyber-attack, apparently from those interested in the Middle East, has had Akron tech workers fighting back.
The message visible to some trying to reach city of Akron information Thursday afternoon appeared to come from a group called "TurkishAjan".
The message, in Turkish and in English, decried U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Akron city chief information officer Rick Schmahl says the database attack appeared aimed at public information databases, not at workers or sensitive city information.
"At this point, it appears that everything was public facing data," Schmahl tells AkronNewsNow.com, "that there wasn't any personally identifiable information involved or anything."
An Akron-based security consultant tells AkronNewsNow that the group's Twitter account linked several files posted to a hacker website that have various names, passwords, Social Security and old credit card numbers.
Schmahl says they're still looking into the nature of the attack.
"Whether that happened as a concerted effort from a group of people, or whether it was an automated attack that just rolls every website in the world trying to find this vulnerability just to wreck havoc," Schmahl says, "that, we're not sure of yet."
He says Akron information workers are analyzing the attack, making sure it, or one like it, doesn't happen again.
Hudak says that may be a difficult task, depending on how far the hackers got into city computers.
(Earlier ANN coverage) The city of Akron's website is under a hacker attack this afternoon.
Those who can get through to the city's website at all may see messages claiming to be from a hacking group called "TurkishAjan".
AkronNewsNow.com encountered the messages at around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
The messages in Turkish and in English decry the United States for its involvement in the Middle East.
City information officials say they're aware of the attack and are working to thwart it.