UPDATE: Turkish Group Claims Responsibility for Hacking Wichita's website

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Turkish hacking group is claiming responsibility for hacking into one of the City of Wichita's websites and says they've hacked other US cities as well.

They call themselves the Agent Hacker Group and according to a post on their Twitter account, the group is taking credit for hacking one of the City of Wichita's websites.

Their twitter account and their website Turkishajan.com, show the hacking group is from Turkey.

They posted a picture and claim it's what popped up when visitors tried to visit the website after they hacked it.

The message reads "Since today you have been trying to bring the middle east under chaos, united states of America."

It goes on to say "You are a country which bombs it's own state, kills its own citizens, and blames the Muslim for it."

At the bottom of the screen it lists several cities, Akron, Lansing, Mobile, and Wichita and then says "to be continued."

According to the ABC affiliate in Akron, their city's website was also hacked reportedly by the same Turkish hacking group.

Meanwhile, Wichita police are working with the FBI to figure out who hacked into the website and how they did it.

It's a very time consuming investigation but what they do know is whoever did it knew what they were doing.

"Some of the things we're seeing are sophisticated and so it takes us time to go through. So yes it is a sophisticated individual that's hacked into the system," Captain Gavin Seiler with the Wichita Police Department said.

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday morning, City of Wichita officials gave an update on the city's electronic procurement website that was hacked over the weekend, that possibly compromised financial information of several thousand people.

The breach happened sometime between 1 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. As soon as it was discovered, the website was shut down.

The city says it affects some vendors that have done business witht he city, as well as current or former employees who have been reimbursed for travel and other expenses since 1997. The hackers may have obtained Social Security numbers, taxpayer IDs and banking information. As many as 29,000 vendors and employees may be affected.

The city's law department is sending emails, faxes and letters to vendors and others who may be affected. The department's spokesperson said those impacted should contact their bank, as well as the major credit bureaus: Transunion (1-800-680-7289), Experian (1-888-397-3742) and Equifax (1-888-766-0008).

The Wichita Police Department and FBI are investigating. The Wichita Police Department says that so far, no one has reported any unusual activity.

The electronic procurement website is one of 14 City of Wichita websites.

KAKE's Deb Farris is tracking the story. Check back for updates and watch later KAKE newscasts for more.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

The City of Wichita says it's website was hacked over the weekend, compromising the personal information of 29,000 vendors and employees.

In a news release, city officials say hackers may have gained access to Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information of vendors and employees who were reimbursed by the city for expenses.

The data compromised dates back to 1997. The city says the security issue has been fixed and they are in the process of notifying those who may be affected.

City officials recommend that all vendors who have established direct deposit business accounts and employees who have received reimbursements for travel and other expenses check with their bank. The also recommend contacting credit bureaus to determine if their information has been compromised.

If an employee or vendor determines their personal financial information has been used illegally - resulting in financial loss - they should report the crime to the Wichita Police Department (316-268-4221).

In the news release from the city, City Manager Robert Layton said “The City of Wichita is deeply concerned about this breach of security and the impact it may have on our vendors and employees. Numerous steps are being taken to obtain more information about the incident, including the involvement of appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

The hacking has affected the city’s procurement process. The City says they are working to resolve remaining security concerns and are working with the State of Kansas Enterprise Security Office to resolve the matter.

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