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Websites for Mo. hacking victims mostly back up

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Updated at 12:07 p.m. to show nine county sheriff departments in Missouri were hacked, not five.

Missouri sheriff websites hacked by the group of hackers known as Anonymous are mostly back up.

Anonymous said in a statement that it had hacked into about 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites and stolen 10 gigabytes worth of data in retaliation for the arrests of its sympathizers in the U.S. and Great Britain. The group said the stolen information included emails and credit card numbers.

The hacking victims included nine county sheriffs in Missouri along with the Missouri Sheriffs Association. The association's website remained down on Monday, but sites for sheriff's departments in Cape Girardeau, Johnson, Lincoln, Polk and Stone counties were up and running.

Sheriffs and deputies in several Missouri counties say they don't believe any vital information was taken. But at least one sheriff, Brad DeLay in Lawrence County, says it's too early to know for sure.


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