SACRAMENTO -- A hacker who directed people from a county website to pornography triggered a federal shutdown of state government Internet and e-mail service late Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The state system, which uses the domain name "ca.gov," was never hacked and all of its websites and e-mail should be functioning within a few hours, spokesman Aaron McLear said.
He said the federal government moved to suspend the state's Internet and e-mail service after someone hacked into a county website that contained the domain name ca.gov and redirected people to a pornography site. McLear said he did not know which county website was hacked.
The unauthorized diversion of Internet traffic to pornography raised a red flag for federal regulators, who moved to shut down the entire ca.gov domain until California officials prevailed upon them to reverse the suspension, according to McLear.