Hackers Crash Clay Co. Phones During Relay For Life Fundraiser

(WIBW) - Hackers caused a phone outage in the Clay Center area Friday, just as a local radio station was trying to raise money for a good cause.

KCLY Radio reports the outage impacted customers of Eagle Communications who use VoIP services. KCLY reports Eagle purchases services from Big River Telephone, which delivers services around the nation from its base in southeast Missouri.

Officials with Big River told KCLY their entire network was down for a while Friday because of hackers. The hackers made hundreds of millions of calls into the network, making the system unusable.

Unfortunately, the hackers hit just as KCLY was trying to conduct a day-long fundraising auction to benefit Relay for Life. They say service was out for about two hours.