- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The city of Fairbanks website was targeted by hackers outside Alaska, but no internal information was breached, officials said.

The hacker group replaced the website at www.fairbanksalaska.us with a message Tuesday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner newspaper (https://is.gd/clgzzt) reported.

City spokeswoman Amber Courtney declined to discuss details of the message or to identify the group. The hackers appear to have been motivated by a desire to show off their hacking abilities, she said.

“They didn’t really seem to have much of a message, if anything,” she said.

The website was down for about four hours before it was brought back online, according to Courtney, who said city internal records were not breached by the hacker group.

“There was no security breach, no breach of any information, no breach in our payment process,” Courtney said.

City technicians have determined how the site was hacked, she said. The City Hall server does not host the affected website.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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