An Akron cyber group allied with the decentralized international Anonymous hacking organization denied responsibility on Saturday for Tuesday’s attack on the city’s computers.
In emails and a series of messages on Twitter, the Akron group said Saturday that the malware and ransomware attack, which the city characterized as financially motivated, violated Anonymous ethics.
An individual who claimed to be Anonymous Akron’s founder denied in an email that the group had conducted the attack.
“I can assure you none of anonymous akron Ohio had anything to do with this latest attack we condemn this attack and non of us took part or ok'd such a attack,” the email read.
In Twitter messages, another individual connected with Anonymous Akron said the group does not conduct attacks for monetary gain and that such an attack would be against the group’s code of ethics.
The individual wrote that the group believes a renegade hacker conducted the attack and was able to do so because the city had failed to patch its computer system after previous attacks.
“And now a black hat hacker attacked them,” one message read. “I hate blackhats no morals. No code.”