State legislature’s web site to close down over 4th of July weekend

The Hawaii Legislature’s Web site www.capitol.hawaii.gov will be shut down this weekend as a precaution against hackers who might again try to break into the system.

The Legislature Web site will close 5 p.m. Friday and reopen 8 a.m. Monday. It will close again 5 p.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The capitol.hawaii.gov was hacked over the Memorial Day weekend by “Pentaguard,” a self-proclaimed group of hackers.

Pentaguard posted a message on the opening page of the legislative Web site that said: “This page was hacked by H3X0r (Pentaguard).” Though the hackers left the site unchanged, but the state had to replace six hard drives at a cost of $4,300. The Honolulu Police Department are retaining the hard drives as part of their investigation into the case.

A memo from House Speaker Calvin Say Senate President Norman Mizuguchi said law enforcement officers warned the state to take extra security precautions because hackers often focus on hacking projects during long national holiday weekends.

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