Akron taxpayers who have had to freeze their credit after a hacker attack on the city's website are getting some help.

Credit reporting agencies will charge to freeze your credit, but could waive fees if you file a police report.

The City of Akron has posted its own police incident report on the hack (link leads to PDF file on the city's website), which can be used by those who need a police report to share with credit agencies, banks and other institutions. There's also a copy of the report appended at the bottom of this story.

The report can be found on the city of Akron website, and is also posted on AkronNewsNow.com.

The city also says the website that originally posted the information has been disabled, and has no City of Akron taxpayer information.

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(City of Akron) Late last week, a cyber-attack was launched against networks across the country, including the City of Akron.  The attackers infiltrated the City of Akron’s computer network in spite of all of the efforts by the City to meet top national standards of intrusion protection systems, firewalls, and virus protection software.   The City is continuing to work closely with the FBI to determine how the City’s site was accessed and to determine the full extent of the information hacked.

Yesterday, the City of Akron filed a police incident report, Report Number 13-011564, which is attached to this press release.  Citizens can access this release for use with banking institutions, credit agencies, and to keep on file.

Also, the public website where the cyber attackers originally posted the stolen information has been disabled as of Saturday, May 18, 2013, and currently contains no City of Akron taxpayer information.

The City has already contacted 5,369 individuals by email, 5,714 individuals by Reverse Alert phone calls, and will follow up by sending a letter by mail to all affected individuals.

To find out whether your information was compromised, you should call 3-1-1 (330-375-2311 from a mobile phone) or call the City’s income tax office at 330-375-2290.

If you are on the list of individuals whose information was released, the FBI recommends that at this point, you monitor all your financial accounts very carefully until we have more information. 

In the meantime, here are some resources to help you protect your credit:

  The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit agency in San Diego, offers free victim assistance at 888-400-5530 or online at www.idtheftcenter.org.

   The Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Identity Theft Unit can assist consumers after they’ve been ID theft victims by helping them straighten out accounts. Also, the office can provide a self-help assistance guide. A police report must be filed. Call 800-282-0515 or go online to www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

   Your Homeowner’s Insurance may include ID theft coverage.  If not, you may be able to add that coverage

You can also contact one of the Credit Report services and put a freeze on your credit.

   Equifax: 800-685-1111 (Option 3), Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 or www.equifax.com

   Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742), Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen TX 75013 or www.experian.com

   TransUnion: 888-909-8872, TransUnion, Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834 or www.transunion.com

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Monday, 20 May 2013 12:57

Teens Rob Akron Restaurant

Robbers targeted another fast food restaurant in Akron late Sunday night. Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says several teens robbed the Church's Chicken at 700 South Arlington around 11pm..

The employees reported as they were locking up the store at closing time, five suspects approached them in the parking lot and forced the workers back into the restaurant at gunpoint. The suspects, ranging in age from 13 to 18, then demanded money from the restaurant's safe and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was hurt.

The suspects are described as five black males, ranging from 5' 6" to six feet tall, and weighing between 130 and 160 pounds.


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Monday, 13 May 2013 12:36

Gunmen Rob Akron Pizza Shop

Police are looking for the robbers who hit the Domino’s Pizza, at 730 East Market Street in Akron , around 12:30 this morning. The suspects entered through an unlocked back door while an employee was outside smoking. The four suspects, armed with handguns, demanded money. They fled with an unreported amount of cash, the employees’ cell phones, a laptop computer and car keys.

The suspects were black males, 15 – 20 years old, wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.

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Monday, 13 May 2013 11:48

Burglar Hits Four Akron Businesses

Akron Police are seeking a suspect in connection with break-ins this morning of four North hill businesses

on East Tallmadge Avenue and Buchholzer Boulevard . Police report the burglar broke out the front door glass and entered the businesses. Once inside, the suspect took money from the open registers or pried open the registers to find no cash.

The businesses that were broken into were: The Goodyear Automotive Care, at 1800 Buchholzer Boulevard, Sunsations and More, at 926 East Tallmadge Avenue, I’Janay’s Beauty Salon, at 930 East Tallmadge Avenue and The Shoe Horn at 1115 East Tallmadge Avenue.

The suspect is described as a white male, blue jeans and a baseball hat. He was seen in a silver, Chevy Cavalier.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department .

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Ohio's Attorney General came to Akron on Thursday, launching a statewide anti-crime initiative.

The "Safe Neighborhoods Initiative" is aimed at decreasing violent crime by targeting the most violent offenders.

At an event at Akron's House of the Lord Church flanked by local officials and law enforcement, Attorney General Mike DeWine recounted recent high profile violent events in Akron, and promised state resources to help.

But DeWine said the community's cooperation is important to fixing the problem.

"We all know only it's up to the community to make it work. Because it is, the people behind me, it's their community," DeWine noted, looking at a crowd filled with Akron officials and law enforcement officers, including Akron police chief James Nice. "It's up to the community to retake the streets."

DeWine said kids only grow up once, something that's hard to do in violent neighborhoods.

"We need to give kids in these violent neighborhoods their childhood back," DeWine said. "We need to give them their neighborhood back."

Akron mayor Don Plusquellic says he welcomes the program starting in Akron, and notes cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcers in the city.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:36

Police Investigate Robbery, Mugging

Akron police are looking into an attempted robbery at a convenience store.  It happened around 1:30 A.M. at Circle K on Brittain Road near Chapel Hill Mall.  A clerk told police a man wearing a fishnet stocking over his head approached the window and used his fingers to indicate that he had a gun, but the clerk turned around and called police.  Only a vague description is available, but witnesses say he took off in a white Pontiac Grand Am.

Also, police are looking for the guy who demanded money from a woman near Iroquois and Laffer Avenues.  The victim, 43, says she put up a fight, rather than giving up her purse.  Then the man allegedly tried to cut the woman's neck. 


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Akron Police say a group of men and women attacked a 16-year old boy last Friday night in Goodyear Heights.

The teen was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for head and facial injuries.

Police say they found the boy around  11 p.m. Friday night staggering in the street at Goodyear Boulevard and Colony Crescent.

The teen told police he was attacked by several men and women that night.  The group was last seen in a white Chevy Impala. Police have no suspects and no further details at this time.

According to police, neighbors reported hearing shots fired in the same area before seeing a white car take off.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.

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Sunday, 28 April 2013 12:44

Akron Standoff Ends Peacefully

A man is in custody after Akron police say he barricaded himself in a Goodyear Heights home, after they tried to serve him a felony warrant.

NewsChannel 5 reports that police say 40 year-old David Blair held officers at bay for two hours with three children inside a home near Brittain Road and Seiberling Street on Saturday night.

SWAT officers had to be called, but it all ended peacefully when Blair surrendered to authorities.

Police say the three children were not harmed.

Details of the charges against Blair aren't yet being released by police. They're still investigating.


On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5, www.newsnet5.com

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:07

Akron Deli Robbed

Akron Police are looking for a robbery suspect after he took money from the Six Corners Deli on Eastland Avenue Tuesday night.

The employees reported the suspect entered the store and asked to purchase cigarettes. While the clerk walked away to get the cigarettes, the suspect opened the cash register and started taking money. The clerk grabbed the suspect and the suspect fought back, then ran from the store and fled in a light colored, four-door Buick Century.

No injuries were reported.

The suspect is a black male, 23 – 28 years old, 5’07” -5’09”, 160 – 180 lbs., wearing a gray t-shirt with the Falcons print on it, blue jeans and a black do-rag on his head.


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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:55

Police: Four Robbed During Home Invasion

Akron police say four people were robbed during a home invasion late Monday night.

The victims told police that suspects knocked on their apartment door in the 1800 block of South Arlington Street and entered armed with handguns.

The suspects fled in a 2013 Dodge Charger, which belonged to one of the victims. The victims' cell phones, $100 in cash, a pair of shoes and keys were also taken in the robbery. No injuries were reported. 

Police found the vehicle a short time later. They charged Quamaine RJ Young, 23, of Akron with receiving stolen property.

Detectives are following up on Young’s arrest to see if he is also involved in the home invasion.


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