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Victims of Akron hacking get credit freezes

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The city of Akron says the major credit bureaus are offering free credit freezes to people victimized by the recent hacking of the city's website and internal computers.

The city's website and databases were hacked May 16 by a Turkish group targeting government sites. As many as 35,000 names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other information were made public for about two days.

The Akron Beacon Journal ((http://bit.ly/16rSvYI ) reports that the city filed a police report and sent letters to potential individual victims.

The city said the three major credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax — are providing free credit freezes to the potential victims, and those who already paid for freezes will be able to get refunds.

Credit freezes typically cost $5 per person, per bureau.

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