- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - People trying to conduct business on Maine government’s website faced frustrating delays for a second day Tuesday blamed on computer hacking, officials said.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said it was a continuation of Monday’s “denial-of-service” attack in which someone flooded the state server with spam, causing the system to overload and crash.

While the state website was up and running Tuesday, some online transactions were unavailable.

Dunlap stressed that all data was secure.

“Nobody’s credit card information is getting hacked,” he said. “It’s just a pain in the neck. That’s what it is.”

A Twitter user claimed responsibility for the attack, saying “Maine can’t stop us.” But there was no way to verify the claim.

The Department of Administrative and Financial Services said an investigation is underway, and technicians from Information Resource of Maine were working to resolve the problem.

“It’s unfortunate that an individual or a handful of individuals would choose to disrupt services for the public for no other reason than their own amusement,” said department spokesman Alexander Willette.

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