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Alabama’s state and city authorities are dealing with two cyber problems

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A digital attack caused some problems for several government websites in Alabama on Wednesday. State officials had to spend the whole day defending their computer networks from hackers. The disruptions affected many state services but lessened as they worked with tech partners to fight the attack.

Fortunately, no hackers breached the government networks or stole any data. The attack started on Tuesday afternoon but didn’t result in any data theft.

This incident shows how even basic hacking methods from far away can make state and local officials struggle to protect their computer systems.

Meanwhile, Birmingham, one of Alabama’s biggest cities, also faced computer issues that disrupted services like licensing and taxing. Despite a statement from the city on March 6, there hasn’t been any update. The city’s Office of Public Information didn’t respond to inquiries on Wednesday.

Whatever caused the network issues, it affected police work, like checking stolen vehicles or warrants. The Birmingham Police Department redirected questions to the Office of Public Information.

The cyberattack on Alabama’s government websites flooded them with fake traffic, aiming to shut them down—a tactic known as distributed denial of service (DDoS). While effective, it’s not very advanced.

A group called Anonymous Sudan claimed responsibility for the attack on Alabama’s sites, though their connection to Sudan remains unclear. They cited issues in Sudan but didn’t explain how targeting Alabama helped. This group, considered a “hacktivist” group, targets organizations for political reasons.

These attacks, lasting 5 to 10 minutes, have been seen against various targets, including Alabama. They can disrupt vital services like schools and hospitals, affecting local communities.

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