The central Internet portal for Maine state government offices disabled briefly Tuesday morning, a day after a hacker brought down the website for three hours.

The hacker, who uses the Twitter account Vikingdom2015 and claims to be Russian, posted a tweet shortly before 6 a.m. saying “we are going to take down maine.gov for more than 5 hours if everything goes fine.” The hacker also posted a tweet asking the state why it is not fighting back.

Maine.gov was back online by 9:20 a.m.

“Maine cannot stop us,” Vikingdom2015 posted on Twitter at 9:25 a.m., minutes after the state website began working again.

In response to a tweet asking why a Russian hacker would target Maine, Vikingdom2015 replied, “cause they are dumb.”

The person claiming responsibility posted that “other hackers helped us knock Maine.gov offline.”

On Monday, a similar take-down disabled state agency websites and prevented users from accessing online services. The attacker also claimed responsibility for bringing down the New Hamsphire state website. That website, NH.gov, was working Tuesday morning.

Maine.gov was down for about three hours on Monday. State officials said no sensitive data on state agencies had been compromised.

This story will be updated.


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