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 "ca.gov," 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 ca.gov 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
ca.gov 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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