Hackers strike again: California city's site latest target

In another apparent cyberattack on a government website, the official site for the city of Sacramento, Calif., has been hacked and a number of its services and pages, including its home page, being taken down, reports Govtech.com.

Also affected was the city’s parking website, which was altered to read: “HaCKed by El_MhUaMMcD. This Turkish Hacker."

The city’s sites and pages are still down and could remain down for several days as employees work to repair the damage, a spokesperson said.

The articled noted several other recent cyberattacks on government websites, allegedly masterminded by self-described hacktivist group Anonymous, including one Jan. 19 against the Justice Department, FBI and White House, after it took popular file-sharing giant Megaupload offline and indicted it on charges for piracy and running a criminal enterprise, among others.

Another attack on a federal site Anonymous is believed to be behind is that of the Federal Trade Commission’s cybersecurity advice website, which was hacked Jan. 24 and is still down.

It is unknown, according to Govtech.com, who was behind the Sacramento attack or if it is related to any of the previous hacks of government websites.

It is also unknown who the next victim will be.

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