A DDoS attack on the Hawaiian Department of Motor Vehicles website was blamed on a group of hackers that recently gained access to the department’s computers, a Honolulu police department official said.
The department was forced to turn off its Internet access to its entire system last week as a result of the incident, the official said, and is working to recover from the damage.
A group of people who have been active on the social media networks Twitter and Facebook have been using their accounts to harass the Hawaii DMV, the Honolulu police official said in an email.
“We are working with our partners at the DHS and law enforcement agencies to identify, disrupt, and mitigate these types of attacks, in coordination with the Hawaiian government and public safety partners, to ensure that Hawaii DMV remains safe and secure,” the official added.
Hawaii’s DMV website was also temporarily inaccessible last week after a hacker gained access in December, causing a major outage that delayed hundreds of thousands of vehicles.
The department said it had no knowledge of any malicious cyberattack.
On Monday, the agency announced that it was also working to protect its website.