Akron Reports Cyberattack Sought City Funds

The city of Akron's skyline in 2015.
The city of Akron's skyline in 2015. [Nick Castele / ideastream]
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The city of Akron says an attempted cyberattack sought to access city funds, but a city news release says investigators do not have evidence that personal information was compromised.

A news release from Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s office says the city noticed suspicious activity on its network on Tuesday afternoon.

The city’s IT office shut down its critical computer systems, including Akron’s online 311 service, as a precaution.

The release says the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the National Guard’s Cyber Security Protection Team took part in the investigation.

In a news conference recorded by WJW-TV, Horrigan said their work will continue.

“Over the coming days, a joint city, state and federal team will work to eradicate this malicious criminal activity and maintain operational city services,” he said.

Akron says credit card payments will be unavailable at the recreation, building and tax departments, but people can still use cards for water and sewer bills.  

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