State Internet services shut down over hacker intrusion

State Internet services shut down over hacker intrusion
State Internet services shut down over hacker intrusion,1,1328060.story?coll=la-headlines-technology 

By Nancy Vogel
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 3, 2007

SACRAMENTO -- A hacker who directed people from a county website to 
pornography triggered a federal shutdown of state government Internet 
and e-mail service late Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for 
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The state system, which uses the domain name "," was never hacked 
and all of its websites and e-mail should be functioning within a few 
hours, spokesman Aaron McLear said.

He said the federal government moved to suspend the state's Internet and 
e-mail service after someone hacked into a county website that contained 
the domain name and redirected people to a pornography site. 
McLear said he did not know which county website was hacked.

The unauthorized diversion of Internet traffic to pornography raised a 
red flag for federal regulators, who moved to shut down the entire domain until California officials prevailed upon them to reverse 
the suspension, according to McLear.

No essential state services were compromised, he said.

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