AKRON — Akron officials are warning residents to closely monitor their personal information after a cyber-attack against networks across the country, including the City of Akron.
The cyber attackers, a group named Turkish Ajan, compromised the personal information of nearly 8,000 residents after accessing a section of Akron’s taxpayer files. Officials say residents’ names, addresses and social security numbers were posted on online.
“No matter how sound a network security is, rogue groups continually look for ways to attack networks,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic in a statement Friday. “We are doing all we can to minimize the impact of this attack. I encourage all of our citizens to please be diligent in monitoring your accounts while we continue our investigation with the FBI.”
Those residents affected have been contacted via email by the city. If you did not get a notification and want to know if your information was compromised, you can call Akron’s income tax office at (330) 375-2290 or (330) 375-2311 from a mobile phone.
If your information was compromised, the FBI recommends you monitor your financial accounts until more details are released. You can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for additional help.
Officials also suggest calling a credit report service and putting a freeze on your credit.