A spam attack temporarily took down websites for the states of Maine and New Hampshire on Monday.
A hacker group claimed responsibility on Twitter for taking down maine.gov and visitnh.gov. Both sites were back up and running within about an hour.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said maine.gov was shut down by a spam attack, but it was not hacked. He said there was no info breach.
The Secretary of State’s Office posted a message to its Facebook page saying that maine.gov was experiencing a “denial of service” event, and that the IP addresses that were overwhelming the website with requests were being blocked.
“We’re on it,” said Adrienne Bennett, Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s press secretary. “We understand the details of it.”
William Hinkle, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s communications director, said the third party that hosts visitnh.gov experienced a “distributed denial of service” attack against its servers at one of its datacenters around 8:57 a.m. Monday. That site and several others hosted by that datacenter were inaccessible until about 9:41 a.m.
“The Division of Travel and Tourism, the Department of Information and Technology and its service providers are working together to determine more details about the root cause of the issue,” he said. “At this time, our service provider reports that they have no evidence suggesting that visitnh.gov was the specific target.”