(WICHITA, Kan.)—We are learning more about the group that says it hacked into the City of Wichita's website and stole information belonging to thousands of people.
Personal information for 29,000 people was exposed over the weekend. Now a group across the Atlantic Ocean, more than 7,000 miles away, says it is responsible. A Turkish hacking group with the Twitter name @AgentCorporatio claims it hacked into the city of Wichita's website.
In an awkwardly translated message the group blames the United States for "trying to bring the Middle East under chaos." The group also claims it is responsible for hacks in Akron, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Mobile, Alabama; and now Wichita. The message ends with "to be continued ..." after listing the targeted cities.
We talked to city leaders in Akron, Ohio to see if they could tell us about their similar experience in May. A spokesperson there tells Eyewitness News they were able to trace whoever hacked their site back to the country of Turkey.
He says they learned there are two kinds of hackers. One type gets into the website without notice, steals, and sells the information gathered. The other type does it as a publicity stunt to prove power. He says it is a relief for Akron, Wichita, and the other two cities, that it seems the Turkish group hacked in for the publicity.
The spokesperson also told Eyewitness News in Akron some of the personal information was leaked on speedyshare.com. He says when they contacted Speedy Share, website technicians took it down.
The Turkish group claims it leaked information from Wichita's site on Speedy Share as well, but the link to it brings up a message that says, "File not found. It has been deleted or it never existed at all."
While searching through the hackers Twitter page, we found the Turkish group retweeted an article from our website, kwch.com, on Tuesday. Therefore, before Eyewitness News learned the group was claiming responsibility, the hackers were already pushing our story on the investigation to their social media followers.
Wichita Police is investigating and has not yet commented on who is responsible for the hacking. The City of Wichita is referring all inquiries on the situation to WPD.