CNMI, Department Of Public Safety Website Hacked

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Group self-identifies as ‘Middle Eastern Cyber Army’

By Andrew O. De Guzman

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, September 2, 2014) – The Department of Public Safety was hacked over the weekend.

Yesterday, at 11:55 a.m., DPS issued a bulletin, stating that its website "appear[ed] to have been compromised at some point this weekend."

A group identifying itself as the "Middle Eastern Cyber Army" took control of the website and posted information on the DPS homepage, the department said in a statement.

"Due to the department’s security measures, no other information was compromised and all data that deals with complaints and sensitive information is still intact. We are working on restoring our website to its former configuration. We advise the public to not click any links that may be on the site at this time as it may be malicious in nature and cause damage to computers."

At 1:55 p.m., Monday, the DPS website was restored, according to its public information officer Travis Hurst.

No other information was provided by the department yesterday.

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